Jason Mewes is taking the spotlight again
in 2019 with Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, as well as his directorial debut, Madness in
the Method. But it hasn’t always been lighthearted fun
in the life of this actor, filmmaker, and podcaster. His rise and fall and rise again is a remarkable
story, and he was kind enough to tell us all about it. “Kal son of Jor-El – Kneel before Zod! Snuchie poochies!” While Mewes cracked audiences up with his
drug-related antics in the movies of hometown friend Kevin Smith, he spent what should have
been the best years of his career falling increasingly into addiction. Even as he shined on-screen, substance abuse
was quietly causing damage in his life, endangering his safety and derailing his career. Fortunately, Mewes was able to turn the tables
on his addictions in the early 2000s, starting a process of sober living that he’s continued
to this day. According to Smith, the Silent Bob to Mewes’
Jay, Mewes was “…born the son of a heroin abuser, [and]
spent most of his childhood raised by an aunt while his Mother fed her jones or spent years
in jail.” Despite this, Mewes was essentially living
a straight-edge lifestyle when Smith first met him, free of booze, drugs, and even romance. Things can change pretty fast when you’re
a teenager, though, and when the time came to shoot Clerks, Mewes had morphed into an
enthusiastic drinker and pot smoker, and essentially played himself in the movie. “Here is a dude who was like “I dunno if I
can say these things.’ And I was like ‘dude, you do say these things!'” Yeah you c—smokin clerk. And how many times have I told you not to
be dealing in front of the store! I’m not dealing man what are you talking about? “Hey you got anything man?” “Yeah, what you want?” But while the scumbag lifestyle came off as
funny on-screen, the real-life Mewes was on a dangerous path. The success of Clerks left Mewes living a
kind of dual life. He had a foot in the film industry, but wasn’t
making or saving a ton of money. When filming wrapped, he’d go back to working
regular jobs. I came home from Mallrats and started delivering
pizza and doing construction with my buddy. […] And then I did Chasing Amy, and I went
back to delivering pizza and doing construction and stuff. I worked a regular job for years. It really wasn’t until after Dogma that I
stopped working construction and delivering pizza.” But as Mewes’ star continued to rise, his
drug use was becoming more problematic, especially as he shifted away from weed and beers toward
more addictive substances heroin, cocaine, and even crack. When Mewes began shooting heroin, Smith began
working to get Mewes off the opiates. He gave him rides to methadone clinics, where
the recognizable duo drew stares as Smith would later put it, “Stoners are cute; junkies are sad.” You think just because he just don’t say anything
it’ll have some huge impact when he does open his –” “J—- Christ, why don’t you shut up.” Mewes is clear that it wasn’t Hollywood pressure
that made him dip further into using drugs. “I started using drugs in Jersey. It definitely isn’t a Hollywood thing. It definitely isn’t a movie thing, or anything. I definitely I definitely feel I’ve started
drinking, if anything, more, but that was more because I wanted to go out, and there’s
lots of fun clubs.” As Mewes put it, in the film industry, “Opiates and heroin and painkillers and stuff
is taboo” which allowed Mewes to keep the extent of
his drug use private. On screen, he was serving up the goods, and
if he was falling asleep on set in the middle of takes while shooting Dogma well, audiences
didn’t notice. “You can’t just go around breaking people’s
hearts like that? I fell in love with you! We fell in love with you! Guys like us don’t just fall out of the f——
sky you know!” According to Kevin Smith, Mewes’ drug usage
had reached dangerous, friendship-testing levels by the time Dogma wrapped. On top of nodding off on set, he was acquiring
track marks and damaging his teeth. He once reportedly rolled his truck through
a traffic stop while under the influence, colliding with the car of an off-duty police
officer. He was arrested for heroin possession in New
Jersey after being stopped by police for driving around with a deployed airbag, an incident
which was later used for yuks in a scene in Clerks II. “Driving around with a deployed airbag.” After Dogma, circumstances would occasionally
compel Mewes to check into rehab programs, leaving him off drugs for brief periods of
time. But the drugs remained a fixation, to the
point where his next movie almost didn’t happen. During the pre-production of Jay and Silent
Bob Strike Back, a blow-up between Mewes and Smith nearly resulted in the movie being canceled
in pre-production. As Kevin Smith tells the story, it would be
better to cut their losses than risk having Mewes fall off the wagon while the movie was
being shot. The director recalls that he told Mewes, “You can do all the f—— dope you want
now, because we’re stopping the movie.” For fans of the stoner duo, the whole episode
is a bracing dose of reality. While the movie may have been lighthearted, “why do they call you C—nocker?” “Actually there’s a funny story behind that. You’re gonna love this true story…” the backdrop of its production was not. According to Smith, Mewes stayed clean during
shooting, but was back to using opiates within hours after shooting his last scene. During the months of post-production while
Smith was busy finishing the movie, his on-screen partner reportedly lost 30 pounds as a result
of smoking crack. After resuming his drug usage, Mewes was caught
having heroin mailed to a hotel during a Strike Back press junket, and was also caught stealing
money from Smith. In New Jersey, a warrant was issued for his
arrest after he failed to show up for a court date, violating the probation he was on after
his previous arrest. All of these factors led Smith to decide against
casting Mewes in his sixth film, Jersey Girl, which was mostly shot around their hometown
of Highlands, New Jersey. Shut out of production and knowing he’d be
arrested if he ever returned home, Mewes decided to face his problems head-on and surrender. Mewes’ return to New Jersey to face the authorities
was accompanied by an all-time indicator of a man living on the edge a short-lived rumor
that he had died. Instead of being locked away immediately,
Mewes was given a choice: a year in jail, or six months of rehab. He chose rehab. “It wasn’t like I stepped away from everything
to be like, ‘Hey, I need to clear my head from being in the Hollywood spotlight, or
on the town or something.’ It was literally just like, ‘Hey, I need to
try to take care of this problem I have, and I don’t know how to do it besides going to
turn myself in to the to the New Jersey court systems,’ or what have you. And I just fell off the map.” It turns out, falling off the map was exactly
the thing he needed to turn things around. More than four years into Mewes’ efforts at
going sober, he fell victim to a common pitfall feared by many recovering heroin users: legally-prescribed
opiates. “It’s not even like I went out and chased
it. I had gotten hurt, and I got a shot of Demerol
for the pain, and that sparked the whole thing back. ‘Oh, I remember that feeling and I miss it.’ I relapsed again, and Kevin was like, ‘You
were doing so well. You had over four years. What happened?’ […] I wasn’t accountable to anybody or talking
to anyone.'” Mewes realized he needed to be accountable
to something more than just himself. Talking to Smith about his struggles, the
idea came up to essentially keep the conversation going indefinitely, and invite the public
to listen in. “I wanted to do a podcast. And he was like what do you want to do the
podcast about? And I was like, ‘Why don’t we talk about what
you’re thinking every day, and this way you’re accountable to people who are listening and
watching.'” The ensuing podcast, Jay and Silent Bob Get
Old, went on to produce over 200 episodes. According to Mewes, the show is over, at least
for now, giving way to the obligations of the touring Reboot Roadshow as well as Mewes’
own Twitch channel. “Oh, yes, you snake, ha! Yes, baby!” For Mewes, the podcast was a constant reminder
of the commitment he’d made to sobriety, and a way to connect with fans all around the
world going through the same struggles. Much like the movies he’s most famous for,
it was an experience that brought moments both profane and surprisingly profound. “Who would’ve thunk that we literally went
seven years, and we toured Australia and London and all that stuff. And that was Jay and Silent Bob Get Old.” Outside of the podcast and keeping busy with
work, Mewes says he makes his continuing sobriety work with the help of a caring support system,
which includes his family, and friends who aren’t shy about keeping him accountable. “A friend who’s like, ‘Hey, you’ve been sober
two years and you’re really addicted to drugs, not booze. You can have a beer. You can have one beer.’ That to me isn’t… again, he might be a friend, but not really,” “So that to me was a big deal. Surrounding myself with people who knew, no,
I can’t have a beer, because then I’ll be smoking crack in a month, and I’ll disappear.” Whatever he’s doing, it seems to be working,
and he’s been sober for more than nine years. “you know, sometimes I wish I did more in
my life instead of just hanging out in front of places and selling weed and s—.” On top of closing out 2019 by touring with
the Reboot Roadshow, Mewes also celebrated a major milestone in his career directing
his first movie. The film, Madness in the Method, was released
in theaters and on-demand in August 2019. The premise of the movie revolves around a
world much like the real one, with Mewes playing a twisted version of himself. “Everyone plays themselves, but like a multiverse
version of themselves.” The movie follows Jay in as he attempts to
break out of the more stoner-style roles he’s had a tendency to be typecast in. Less true to life is how he accomplishes this
goal, following the unorthodox advice from a mysterious book on method acting, to unexpectedly
effective results. Stepping into the role of director didn’t
just fulfill a longtime goal for Mewes. It also demonstrated just how many of his
peers in the film industry have come to care about him over his long and charmed career. “It was really nice, because when we reached
out to Dean Cain, Teri Hatcher, Jaime Camil, everyone like, ‘Hey, listen. We don’t have a lot of money but Jay Mewes
is directing his first movie. Is there any way?’ And they came and was part of the movie because
they were like, ‘We want to be part of that. If he’s going to be directing for the first
time, we want to be part of his directing debut.’ So that was really, really nice.” Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Looper videos about your favorite
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The Truth About The Guy Who Plays Jay In Jay And Silent Bob

38 thoughts on “The Truth About The Guy Who Plays Jay In Jay And Silent Bob

  • October 9, 2019 at 2:01 pm
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    Man i miss that song Because I Got High by Afroman. Diablo 2 vanilla, ds and ps2 days.

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  • October 9, 2019 at 2:03 pm
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    yo

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  • October 9, 2019 at 2:03 pm
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    I always thought this guy was 10 seconds off from a nod

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  • October 9, 2019 at 2:07 pm
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    What's your favorite Jason Mewes movie?

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  • October 9, 2019 at 2:08 pm
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    He used to be a crackhead and leaches of Kevin Narcissist Smith…..

    And he has a weird looking mouth now

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  • October 9, 2019 at 2:09 pm
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    His name is Jason Mewes. This title has no respek

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  • October 9, 2019 at 2:11 pm
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    Why did he do regular jobs?? Was Kevin not paying him or did he spend it all on drugs? Did I miss something?

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  • October 9, 2019 at 2:12 pm
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    Why does his face look completely fucking different? Is it even the same person?

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  • October 9, 2019 at 2:14 pm
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    Good for Jason mewes he and Kevin Smith were the best parts of the clerks films in my opinion

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  • October 9, 2019 at 2:19 pm
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    Goes to show drug addiction is a health issue not a law & order/criminal one!! Just because you have an addiction doesn't make you a bad person, addiction is badly stigmatised and not enough people have compassion for those affected by it!! It is wonderful Jay found the treatment he needed, I hope he continues to stay clean – one day at a time buddy <3

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  • October 9, 2019 at 2:20 pm
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    Kevin Smith wrote my best friend devins eulogy… it was my third best friend in a row to die and this on top of my dad being the cult leader David Koresh and all the tragedy surrounding that. I really wish I hadn’t been such a fatalist reading Rimbaud and Baudelaire… got a pulmonary embolism from catatonic dissociation snd ive been isolated for two year unable to connect in spite of not being your typical addict. I never stole and in fact my last friend I cut off two years ago was keeping me in poverty being a sunk cost fallacy who Gaslit and used me and literally couldn’t understand how borrowing thousands of dollars I didn’t have in the first place forcing me to pawn my things or selling things I let him borrow. Bah, yeah devin shouldn’t have been crushed by the tree the city wouldn’t let his father cut down. As useless as I am it is a shame it isn’t people like myself who perish instead of someone who had more people than could be contained in a photograph at his wake.

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  • October 9, 2019 at 2:24 pm
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    Small price to pay to dodge the bullet that was “Jersey Girl”. Jk.
    We need more people like Jason to win this fight. Too many losses.

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  • October 9, 2019 at 2:40 pm
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    If I go to that road ill say to the judge "make it 10 years for rehab just in case the 6 months doesn't work for Mr."

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  • October 9, 2019 at 2:40 pm
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    Dogma is such an underrated movie

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  • October 9, 2019 at 2:41 pm
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    Thank you mewes we love you , god bless you , …thank you for your sobriety…
    Keep up the good work and inspiration…
    See you in the movies….
    Have a good day.

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  • October 9, 2019 at 2:42 pm
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    Addiction is a disease. Be well jay

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  • October 9, 2019 at 2:44 pm
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    Bro’s lips due too his fake teeth are cringe worthy

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  • October 9, 2019 at 2:47 pm
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    I GOT TWO WHITE HOMIES THAT LOOK JUST LIKE HIM AND GET DRUG UP JUST LIKE HIM SMOKEING FENTOL AND HERION AND CRACK LONG HAIR ALL OVER HIS FACE LOVE DOING DRUGS AND LOOKING DUMB ALL THE TYME DO SOME BUT JUST DONT GO OVER FUCKING BOARDI NEVER GO OVER BOARD I GET DOWN ONCE IN WHILE AND STILL HAVE ALL MY TEETH AND THE RESON WHY NO FRIENDS THEY WHERE TYPE THAT TRYED TOO FUCK MY WIFE AND STEAL FROM ME NOW I JUST JUST DEAL WITH REAL FOLKS NO COCSUKERS

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  • October 9, 2019 at 3:06 pm
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    It's fun being high in the sobriety interview

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  • October 9, 2019 at 3:07 pm
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    Love Jason Mewes! Hope he stays sober and away from drugs the rest of his life.

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  • October 9, 2019 at 3:10 pm
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    The guy?? We ALL know who Jason mewes is.

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  • October 9, 2019 at 3:22 pm
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    It's gotta hurt every time he talks about his addiction problems, I finally quit alcohol and I think about it quite a lot, just know it's not worth breaking my no alcohol streak.

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  • October 9, 2019 at 3:25 pm
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    Leave the guy alone. He didn't tell you anything. You copped these words via podcasts. I knew you guys were lame, but not lazy.

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  • October 9, 2019 at 3:34 pm
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    To err is human. I'm glad he got all those chances to come back, and he stayed away from drugs for 9 years now. When you're black or brown you don't get any of those chances, you screw up once and society gets rid of you, or they lock you up in jail for a very long time

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  • October 9, 2019 at 3:37 pm
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    LOOKING AT HIS MOVIE MADNESS TO THE METHOD ITZ SOOO FUNNY HE DID A REAL GOOD JOB HIS FIRST DIRECTORIAL GIG I REALLY LIKE IT HE SMASHED TWO THUMBS UP GOING TOO TELL ALL MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS CHECK HIM OUT WOW

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  • October 9, 2019 at 3:40 pm
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    I play Fortnite with him all the time…..such a great fella

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  • October 9, 2019 at 3:49 pm
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    As a Man who has gotten High since I Was 12yo (I'm 40yo Now) Addiction is Serious Business, it will Strip you of Everything and Destroy all your Personal Relationships. It is a Diease and The ONLY Cure is the 12-Step Program. I'm not working the Steps and I Maintain a Crack Addiction, I'll Never Quit. If you are Addicted go to a Meeting.

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  • October 9, 2019 at 3:51 pm
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    Good for you Jason! Stay sober, stay strong! ❤

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  • October 9, 2019 at 3:57 pm
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    One close knit family.🤘

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  • October 9, 2019 at 4:00 pm
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    Since he got badly fitting new teeth he looks like an old woman who wears dentures. I wish someone would get him some better ones.

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  • October 9, 2019 at 4:20 pm
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    Wow! That podcast Saved him!! 😎🙌🏾

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  • October 9, 2019 at 4:39 pm
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    he was in an awesome vampire movie, that I can't remember the name of.

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  • October 9, 2019 at 4:44 pm
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    Look at them posting vids about him like I ain't been lusting after him since the 90s

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  • October 9, 2019 at 4:57 pm
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    You mean Jason Mewes?

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  • October 9, 2019 at 5:28 pm
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    Jay is cool dude

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  • October 9, 2019 at 5:30 pm
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    Right on mann its a real strugle i understand 2 years sober recovering alcoholic

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  • October 9, 2019 at 5:31 pm
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    Always good to see some one get sober right on

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  • October 9, 2019 at 5:49 pm
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    He's a methhead.

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