Jason has spoken about Kevins health scare (Picture: Universal, Wenn)
As you soak up the brilliance that is the Jay And Silent Bob Reboot, you may notice Kevin Smith is looking rather trim as the titular mute.
After suffering a heart attack last year, the director was forced to look at his life choices and mainly that came down to the need to shed a large amount of weight and fast.
After losing 17lb in nine days, and then some more, the star was seen looking much smaller alongside his longtime collaborator Jason Mewes, who plays Jay. But in true Jay And Silent Bob fashion, there was no way a slight ribbing at the expense of Bobs new size was going to be ignored just because hes the boss.
Even though all the fat jokes now had to be replaced.
Insisting there were no holds barred just because it was Kevin as the punchline, Jason tells Metro.co.uk: Its been a long time relationship so its all part of the fun and part of the movie and the characters. Its a combination.
Adding of his initial reaction to his mate suffering a life-threatening health scare, Jason says it wasnt until Kevin got the all clear that he felt he could mention picking up the conversation about another Jay and Silent Bob film, knowing their characters still had stories to tell.
I wasnt even thinking about [wanting to do a sequel at the time], Jason says, as the film hits cinemas. It was something that wasId been asking for a while and he had been doing other movieswhen all that happened I wasnt thinking of Jay And Silent Bob, but when we knew everything was good I was excited when he mentioned he was going to do a new one.
Kevin was forced to overhaul his life after a massive heart attack at the end of February 2018 but hasnt missed a beat with the latest directorial and acting effort.
The jokes continue to pack a punch, without giving away any spoilers here, but looking back at the expletive-ridden, X-rated, pearl-clutching gags of past films, Jason insists Kevins writing is perfect for its audience.
I think there are jokes that might not work as well today and dont hold up with the climate, but I think thats the great thing about Kevins writing, he sticks to times and knows whats good and whats not we dont have to worry about that, Jason says.
The Reboot marks the first time weve seen the duo since 2006s Clerks II and while weve been champing at the bit for another injection from these two, theyve brought along all their mates and some newcomers too. The likes of Chris Hemsworth, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Craig Robinson and Jason Lee all make appearances. Oh, also Joe Manganiello, Jason Biggs, James Van Der Beek, Fred Armisen and Justin Long. And one very special appearance by Stan Lee.
In the flick the cast not only laugh at themselves, but at Hollywood with a rather timely mention of Marvel films being a triumph of cinema right around the time of Martin Scorseses comments to the contrary.
For sure, thats how I feel about everything, Jason says when asked whether Hollywood needs to laugh at itself more.
People take things way too seriously, its entertainment!
Jay And Silent Bob Reboot is in cinemas now.
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