Mewes at a 2013 comics convention
|Born||Jason Edward Mewes
June 12, 1974
Highlands, New Jersey
|Spouse(s)||Jordan Monsanto (2009–present)|
Jason Edward Mewes (born June 12, 1974) is an American television and film actor, film producer and internet radio show host. He has played Jay, the vocal half of the duo Jay and Silent Bob, in longtime friend Kevin Smith's films.
Jason Edward Mewes was born on June 12, 1974 in Highlands, New Jersey, and grew up in a working-class neighborhood. He never knew his father, and his mother was an ex-con and a drug addict. Relates Mewes: "She used to check into hotels and take TVs and sell them...I guess it really ain't funny, but it's weird because it was so fucked up...She used to steal mail. I used to drive around with her and she'd pull up and make me reach into mailboxes. It really wasn't pleasant." Although this exposure to drugs at first served to make him averse to them, he eventually began using them after graduating from high school.
His best friend was future filmmaker Kevin Smith, who describes his friend thus: "[Jason]'s the kind of dude you know for five minutes and he whips his cock out. I was like, somebody should put this dude in a movie. I just wanted to see if anybody outside our group of friends finds him as funny as I do."
While working toward a career in roofing, Mewes made his film debut in Smith's 1994 film Clerks as Jay. The film was a huge success; ever since, Mewes has been closely identified with the role, which he also played in Mallrats (1995), Chasing Amy (1997), Dogma (1999), Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001), and Clerks II (2006). He also supplied Jay's voice in the short-lived Clerks: The Animated Series. He, along with Kevin Smith, performed in the films Scream 3 and Bottoms Up and on Canadian television series Degrassi: The Next Generation. He appeared in two episodes of a three-part story arc in which he and Smith film a new addition to Smith's View Askew films titled Jay and Silent Bob Go Canadian, Eh? at Degrassi Community School. They appear again on Degrassi (in a two-part episode), at the premiere of Jay and Silent Bob go Canadian, Eh? in Canada. Mewes, Smith, and Degrassi star Stacie Mistysyn made the cover of the January 29, 2005 issue of Canadian TV Guide.
In 1998, he starred as "Gary Lamb – Ground Activist" in a series of Nike commercials directed by Smith. From 2010-2012, Mewes was cast as "Jimmy the Janitor" for 26 episodes of the Canadian television series Todd and the Book of Pure Evil.
Mewes starred in the horror film Breath of Hate, where he played a romantic love interest to a dysfunctional escort. Mewes co-starred in Smith's 2008 film Zack and Miri Make a Porno, in which Mewes, in a scene near the end of the film, appears fully nude.
Mewes co-hosts a weekly podcast with Smith called Jay & Silent Bob Get Old in which Mewes discusses his former drug addiction issues.
Mewes co-produced the 2013 animated movie Jay & Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie with his wife Jordan Monsanto, which was based on the Bluntman and Chronic comic book that Kevin Smith wrote as a companion piece to the film Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
Mewes has openly talked about his struggles with substance abuse, which began in his early 20s. He first began using heroin shortly after appearing in Mallrats, and was soon addicted; he was under the influence while filming Chasing Amy and Dogma. Smith entered Mewes into the first of a series of drug rehabilitation clinics in 1997, after noticing Mewes would spontaneously fall asleep, which he initially attributed to narcolepsy. Mewes sobered up until about a week into the Dogma shoot, when he learned he could pass his urine tests by abstaining from drugs for three days beforehand and then shooting up the rest of the week. It was also during filming for Dogma that Mewes' mother was diagnosed with AIDS. In another attempt to get clean, Mewes moved in with his mother, who gave him OxyContin to ease the withdrawal symptoms; Mewes was soon addicted to that substance as well.
In 1999 Mewes was arrested in New Jersey for heroin possession. His probation sentence included community service, drug counseling, and regular court appearances in New Jersey. In late 2001, after he failed to make a court appearance, a warrant was issued for his arrest. Mewes' mother died of AIDS in 2002. On April 1, 2003, he surrendered himself at a Freehold, New Jersey court and pleaded guilty to probation violation charges. He was ordered to enter a six-month rehab program, and would be allowed to return to Los Angeles, but was told if he violated probation again, he could face up to five years in prison.
Smith had taken Mewes in to live with him and his wife, Jennifer Schwalbach Smith, but evicted him after catching him using drugs again. During this period, he stole Smith's ATM card and charged $1,100, and had heroin shipped to the hotel where a press junket for Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back was being held. Smith had Mewes check into various rehab facilities, including Promises in Malibu, where his visit coincided with frequent costar Ben Affleck's stay for alcoholism. These attempts were unsuccessful for Mewes, whose problem was so severe that Smith declined to give him a part in 2004's Jersey Girl.
Mewes continued to use drugs, and has related that he decided to turn himself in and get help after waking up on Christmas morning 2003 to find that he had started a fire after falling asleep near a lit candle while on heroin. Estranged from Smith and his other friends, Mewes returned to New Jersey, where he was given the choice of attending six months of court-mandated rehab or a year in jail. Mewes waited a year before attempting to revive his career, and eventually obtained a new agent at the Endeavor agency. In a July 2006 interview he reported that he was sober, and harbored no urges to drink or use drugs. He relapsed in 2009 after having surgery.
To help Mewes maintain his sobriety, Kevin Smith created the Jay & Silent Bob Get Old podcast as a "weekly intervention" to let Mewes talk through his history of substance abuse, amongst other topics. As of May 8, 2014 Mewes has been clean for 1406 days.
|Tail Lights Fade||uncredited|
|The Blair Clown Project||Witness #3|
|Vulgar||Tuott the Basehead|
|2001||Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back||Jay|
|2000–2002||Clerks: The Animated Series||Jay||6 episodes|
|High Times' Potluck||Guy|
|2003||Pauly Shore Is Dead||Jay the MC||as Jay Mewes|
|2004||Powder: Up Here||Evil Villain|
|2005||Degrassi: The Next Generation||Himself||4 episodes|
|My Big Fat Independent Movie||Answering Machine||voice|
|The Pleasure Drivers||Counter Monkey|
|Feast||Edgy Cat/Jason Mewes|
|National Lampoon's TV: The Movie|
|Bottoms Up||Owen Peadman|
|Jack's Law||Bobby Mewes|
|2007||Netherbeast Incorporated||Waxy Dan|
|Gone Baby Gone|
|Zack and Miri Make a Porno||Lester|
|Tattoos: A Scarred History||Himself|
|Midgets vs. Mascots||Jason||Uncredited|
|Shoot the Hero||Nate|
|Mitch and Stu's Quest||Stu|
|The Science of Cool||Coach Cambria|
|Noah's Ark: The New Beginning||Ham||Voice|
|Breath of Hate||Ned|
|Big Money Rustlas||Bucky|
|2010–2012||Todd and the Book of Pure Evil||Jimmy the Janitor||TV Series regular|
|2011||Silent But Deadly||Thomas Capper|
|2012||Spoilers with Kevin Smith||Himself||Also Co-Executive Producer|
|The Newest Pledge||Professor Street|
|2013||Jay & Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie||Jay||Also Producer|
|Vigilante Diaries (web series)||Mike Hanover||2 episodes, Also Producer|
|2015||Shooting Clerks||Wes Jameson||Post-production|
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- Hi, I'm Jay (Mewes) and this is my heterosexual life-mate, Chatty Kev (Smith). Snootchie Bootchies, Citizens! We put things in our mouths for money!
- "Mewes Marries". Celebrity Weddings. 2009-02-18. Retrieved 2011-09-12.
- Tyler, Josh (April 5, 2009). "Jason Mewes Joins The Science Of Cool". Cinemablend.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Jason Mewes.|
- Official website
- Jason Mewes at the Internet Movie Database
- Interviews Askew: Jason Mewes (Interview from March 14, 1999)
- "Jay & Silent Bob Get Old Podcast" Podcast with Smith and Mewes discussing Mewes and his addiction.