Kevin Smith became a darling of the independent-movie set after writing and directing the 1994 movie "Clerks," which he made for less than $28,000 and shot in the convenience store where he worked. He went on to make such films as "Chasing Amy," "Dogma" and"Red State," but in his new book, "Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good,", Smith says he has wearied of making movies, preferring his new identity as a tweeter and podcaster. He talked by phone from his home in Los Angeles.
You argue in your book that you might as well go for your wildest, most improbable dreams because the odds were wildly against your even being born, given all the other sperm that failed to hit their mark.
Exactly. Everybody tries so hard and struggles through their lives. I say you should just repurpose life as a victory lap. I say, congratulations, you already beat out billions of worthy competitors. Instead of trying to overshoot, try lowering the bar.
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