'I Killed Seth Rogen's Career': Kevin Smith

The director talks about growing out of slackerdom after Zack and Miri failed
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2009 11:44 AM CDT
Actor/director Kevin Smith arrives for the premiere of "Live Free Or Die Hard" at Radio City Music Hall Friday, June 22, 2007 in New York.   (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
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(Newser) – Believe it or not, Kevin Smith didn’t smoke weed until recently—and the drug helped him along to an epiphany after his Seth Rogen-driven Zack and Miri Make a Porno bombed. "It started as sort of a midlife crisis thing but it wasn't that,” he tells the Huffington Post. “It was sort of me saying ‘You can't write like that anymore Kevin, you can't write like a fucking slacker, you can't write dick and fart joke movies anymore.’”

Thanks to that realization, Smith says his career has turned a corner. “It’s sad when you realize you can't be the angry young man anymore,” says Smith, whose next projects include a buddy cop movie and a hockey movie. “I'm in a business where I get to make pretend for a living, so what the fuck am I angry about?”