Jason Mewes biographyJason Mewes is an American actor, who began his actor’s career thanks to the director Kevin Smith and his film Clerks, in which Jason embodied the character of a drug dealer and ribald Jay. Subsequently, Mewes returned to this role more than once: both in Smith’s films (Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, etc.), and in other projects (Scream 3). However, Mewes’s path to glory was difficult, and his character Jay has largely copied from the actor himself.
Childhood - youth: from Highlands to the actorsThe childhood of a child, who was born in the summer of 1974 by a woman who did not get along with the law and was addicted to heroin, can’t be called happy. Jason did not know the name of his father at all. His mother, who gave birth to the son late, at the age of 41, was not interested in his upbringing: she either looked for money for a dose (mainly stealing credit cards from mailboxes) or once again served time in prison. Jason and his sister Beth were raised by their aunt.
The boy grew up under the supervision of his aunt in the port city of Highlands, a working-class neighborhood of New Jersey. There he went to the school named after Henry Hudson.Despite his mother’s devil-may-care attitude, Jason didn’t grow a scumbag. Yes, to some extent he was a problem child, but, as his best friend Kevin Smith said later, he had a million dollars, golden heart.
Meeting Kevin SmithKevin Smith's parents’ house and Jason Mewes's aunt’s house were two blocks from each other. During their school years, Kevin did not know Jason personally, but he often heard rumors about the new tricks of the tomboy. In the 80s, as Smith later recounted, Mewes was something like a city legend, although I didn’t really believe in that nonsense that people talk about him.
When Smith, who firmly decided to apply the knowledge acquired at the film school in practice, began writing the scenario for his future film Clerks, he did not hesitate a single second to introduce Jay into the plot. In fact, he was copied from Jason. Kevin presented himself as the Silent Bob, Jay’s faithful companion, who doesn’t say almost a single word throughout the entire film.
Career: with a friend through lifeWork on the movie Clerks began in 1992 and lasted almost 2 years. In the spring of 1994, friends woke up famous. An amateur black and white movie filmed at Kevin Smith’s savings and costing a ridiculous amount by the standards of cinema ($ 26,000 plus $ 27,000 for royalty payments to the owners of the songs sounded in the film) won two awards at the Cannes Film Festival, and Silent Bob and jester Jay inspired by the success appeared in Smith’s new directorial works.
In 2003, Jason appeared in a rehabilitation center again, but after treatment, he returned to drugs again. During this period, suicidal thoughts began to occur to him; several times he assured Kevin that he would commit suicide before the age of 30. Only in 2006, he managed to get rid of the addiction forever. In the same year, Clerks II was released, which could no longer be imagined without Jay and Silent Bob.
Jason Mewes personal lifeIn 1997, Jason began dating Stephanie Sanford, a saleswoman, whom he met right at her workplace and immediately invited home. Mewes helped her leave her hateful job and made her his personal assistant. No one knew that Stephanie was a hard drug addict, and it was she who worsened Jason’s addiction. Again Kevin Smith helped to get out of these toxic relationships.
Jason Mewes nowFor a while, Mewes was carried away by voicing computer games and spoke in Jay’s voice in Scarface, although in this game he voiced a negative character.
In 2019, restless Smith offered his friend to return to their popular characters in the new project called Jay and Silent Bob Reboot – a satirical and ironic story about a general obsession with remakes and sequels, about two inseparable friends who try to upset shooting the reboot about themselves.