The Flash Cast Wishes Kevin Smith Well After Heart Attack
On February 26, Kevin Smith took to Instagram to talk about his almost dying. He was at a comedy show in Glendale, California, and he began to feel chest pain with it worsening following the show. As his friends called an ambulance, the doctors discovered his LAD artery was 100 percent blocked. The LAD artery. It is known as the “widow-maker artery” because of the high risk of death due to it. Smith eventually came home two days later on February 28, alerting fans that he was alright.
“Home again, home again, jiggety-jig!” Smith stated on Instagram. “Home is where the heart is and the heart is feeling good! It’s actually getting more blood flow and oxygen than it has in a long time. So I am ALERT, to say the least!”
Smith stated toward the end that he seemingly was shifting toward an all vegetarian diet. “Seriously- THANK you, everybody (special thanks to @prattprattpratt for the prayers) – from Vegetarian Kev, Day 2! #KevinSmith #WidowMakerBreaker.” He seems to be heading down a different path than he did previously. The writer/director received a great amount of support from others but, in particular, he called out one of the particular letters he received outside of the prayers he received from Chris Pratt, the actor.
“Many thanks to my friends & family of @CW_The Flash cast & crew for THEIR Get Well card too!” Smith said on Twitter. “Please ask Cisco & Caitlin if they can fix me and see if Barry, Iris, Joe & Ralph can figure out who attacked my heart! I suspect either Savitar or a poor diet!” Smith has a great relationship with those in the Arrowverse, having directed three episodes of The Flash and three episodes of Supergirl.
The card has not been the only card he received during the day. Smith shared a card on Twitter with all of his followers he received from his friends on another The CW superhero show. “Many thanks to my friends & family of @TheCWSupergirl cast for the card with all the lovely sentiments!” Smith said. “You make a guy believe he can fly!” What’s strange is that he has not received one from the casts of Arrow or DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, even though he has never worked on either show.
Smith, himself, has expressed interest in working on Arrow, in particular. It’s crazy to think since he has written the character many of times in the past. He recounted the experience of when he addressed directing an episode of Arrow with Marc Guggenheim, the show’s executive producer.
“I talked to him once after a panel at the Paley Center, I was the moderator for the Paley Center CW panel at the Hollywood and Highland complex,” Smith recounted. “And so afterwards, I was talking to Marc, and I was like, ‘Hey man, fans keep saying they want me to direct an episode of [Arrow], I would love that, I wrote Green Arrow.’ He knows that. And he goes, ‘Yeah, you know, Arrow is very dark. Legends [of Tomorrow] would be good for you,’ he said with a laugh. So, I don’t think they’re ever gonna let me near Arrow, which is totally fine.” Previously, he had said he would be very interested in directing an episode of Arrow.
“Oh my god, I would love that so much,” Smith stated. “I’ve not heard from anybody over there, even though I’ve talked about it in the press quite a bit and stuff. I know I’m going back to The Flash, first week of September, to direct episode 7 of season 3. Still haven’t heard anything back from Arrow. You know, I wish, it would be amazing because I would love to write and direct Onomatopoeia in the show. Um, but I know they’re doing — what is it? — Wild Dog this year, as well as Vigilante, so maybe they’re just like ‘we don’t need you’, or whatever. But, at the moment, anyone over there raises a flag; I’m like ‘please, let me in!” That’d be fun as f***.” He still thinks he could do the character on one of the aforementioned shows too.
“Even if they don’t, maybe I could do it on Flash, or Legends of Tomorrow, or now Supergirl as well,” Smith said. “There’s a couple of shows there.”
Given everything that has happened, you would think Guggenheim might soften up and give Smith his due on a show about a character he wrote in the comics. It would certainly be deserving because of all the many contributions Smith has made to not only the comic book world of periodicals, movies, and television but to the world of film generally. It should be very exciting to see where Smith goes next with his career.
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