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Kevin Smith on Charlie Sheen, Pot and Being Fat

Outtakes from the Rolling Stone profile

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In the May 12th issue of Rolling Stone, on newsstands and in the digital archive now, contributing editor Josh Eells speaks to director Kevin Smith – who reveals that he's calling it quits, loves smoking pot and what he really thinks of his critics. Here are choice outtakes from his story.

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On Tracy Morgan

"[On the set of Cop Out], he was the dude that always overgave. Tracy’s got diabetes — he has a fucking hole in his foot the size of a Kennedy half-dollar. The whole time we’re making that movie, this dude’s hooked up to a box with a tube that goes down to a boot that his foot sits in, so it can drain moisture from his wound. He can barely run, he can barely walk. And yet every time he opened his mouth, he’s fucking gold. He was there early, he left late. Every take: 'You want to do it again, Kev? I can be funnier.' That’s the guy you want to work with. He literally saved that picture."

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On His Critics

"It’s not like I have a thin skin. I’ve got fucking rhinoceros skin. But the shit with the films, it cuts close. Like, I can’t believe someone who’s never even tried this is gonna come down on me for doing it wrong. Can I see your example? I think critiquing a film is such a waste of time. It’s art — either you like it or you don’t. One man’s Clerks is another man’s Juwanna Man.”

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On Retiring at 40

"Forty, man. The other day I fucking felt something on my ball. I was like, 'Oh my God, what is that? Maybe I should go look at it.' But then I decided I’ve got enough going on already. So I’d rather relax right now — because it sounds like the next 10 years fucking blow."

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