Kevin Smith loses 65 pounds, still ‘frustrated’ with Southwest


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Director Kevin Smith hasn’t finished mouthing off about being kicked off a Southwest Airlines plane, allegedly for being too fat. He has shed 65 pounds, but he hasn’t shed his frustration.

Smith was supposed to be promoting his controversial new film ‘Red State’ on Joy Behar’s HLN talk show Tuesday, but instead ranted about his weight after Behar prompted him about the incident, which will have taken place a year ago this Sunday.


‘What frustrated me more than anything in the world was I felt like nobody told the real story,’ Smith said. ‘The real story was I was a consumer that a company ... with poorly and without good reason and I spoke up about it ... but to everyone else it was ‘fat guy in a little chair.’’

He said that he was appropriately buckled into his seat but was asked to deplane because he was being ‘profiled.’

Smith, 40, spoke quickly and animatedly, lightheartedly joking about the incident and showing off the extra fabric flailing about his frame.

‘I feel mixed feelings about losing the weight. I sympathize far more with heavier people than I ever will with thin,’ he said. ‘I’ll never be thin. Let’s be honest, I’ve lost 65 pounds but nobody’s going ‘I want to sleep with you,’ they’re just like, ‘Keep going, you look better keep going.’’

The hockey-jersey-clad ‘Clerks’ director told Behar that wearing tent-like clothing is easier because he wanted to make a point, and because he had spent most his life yo-yoing between weights.

When Behar told him to enjoy being thin, Smith chuckled. ‘No, I can’t,’ he said. ‘I have to talk about it, obviously.’


Well, we’re glad he’s taking it in stride.


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