Review: Tough Sh*t: Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good
That Kevin Smith? The guy who did “Clerks” a million years ago? Didn’t they bounce his fat ass off a plane once? What could you possibly learn from the director of “Cop Out”? How about this: he changed filmmaking forever when he was twenty-three, and since then, he’s done whatever the hell he wants. He makes movies, writes comics, owns a store, and now he’s built a podcasting empire with his friends and family, including a wife who’s way out of his league. So here’s some tough shit: Kevin Smith has cracked the code. Or, he’s just cracked.
Tough Sh*t is the dirty business that Kevin has been digesting for 41 years and now, he’s ready to put it in your hands. Smear this shit all over yourself, because this is your blueprint (or brownprint) for success. Kev takes you through some big moments in his life to help you live your days in as Gretzky a fashion as you can: going where the puck is gonna be. Read all about how a zero like Smith managed to make ten movies with no discernible talent, and how when he had everything he thought he’d ever want, he decided to blow up his own career. Along the way, Kev shares stories about folks who inspired him (like George Carlin), folks who befuddled him (like Bruce Willis), and folks who let him jerk off onto their legs (like his beloved wife, Jen). So make this your daily reader. Hell, read it on the toilet if you want. Just make sure you grab the bowl and push, because you’re about to take one Tough Sh*t
(Synopsis from Goodreads)
This by far is my favorite memoir of a celebrity so far (I say that because I have "Bossypants" by Tina Fey awaiting me in my Audible queue ><).
I listened to this book as opposed to reading it because I like Kevin Smith talking to me. Hence why I listen to every single one of the podcasts that he does on his Smod Network. Anywho! This book was amazing and truly inspirational.
You basically get the low down on all the stuff that has happened to him over the years, a lot of it the same story if you follow him on Twitter or, like me, been following his career for the past almost 14 years (I know I'm only 22 but when I found out about him around six or seven I was hooked). But then you find out about the stuff that you only read reports of and didn't get a full story on; i.e: the Southwest debacle and the whole Red State at Sundance ordeal.
My favorite parts of the book were 1) When he called out Bruce Willis and confirmed all my sneaking suspicions on what kind of guy he really is: a dick. (Yeah I said it.) Brilliant action star, but a dick; and 2) The essay that his lovely daughter, Harley Quinn (still THE best name for a kid out there!) wrote about him. I don't know if it's in the book form but in the audiobook she reads it at the end. I seriously teared up when she read it!
This book will have you laughing and crying and being totally understanding with a lot of the stuff he tells.
Just another reason why I love this man and everything he does!