On being cast in Clerks
[Kevin] had mentioned it to me. I knew he liked to write and stuff, but it really wasnt something like here when I have buddies in California that are like, "Hey Im writing a script." I believe theyre writing a script and I understand what theyre trying to do.
Then, I was roofing when I graduated high school, Kevin was working at the Quick Stop and hes like, "Im writing a script and Im writing a character for you," and I was like, "Yeah, okay cool." And even when he was done and hes like, "I want you to be in the script. Were going to shoot and I used my own my money" I just thought, "Oh yeah, so like 10 of us are going to get one of those big VHS shoulder cameras that families used to use to videotape Christmases and stuff and we were just going to shoot some fun stuff."
It wasnt until I went to New York with him and he rented a camera and started getting all this equipment and we actually started shooting when I was like, "Wow, you were seriousyou want to make this." But even after that, we shot it and I didnt know the process. I didnt know he could bring it to a film festival and hope that people could see it and they could buy it and it could be on a big screen at some point...
And I went back to roofing and it wasnt until Mallrats where I was like, "Wow, this is something that maybe I could do."
Clerks: Mostle improvised or scripted?
Clerks was scripted. As the movies went on, I started to get more comfortable and starting doing more ad-libbing. I was super nervous. When we did Clerks I used to make everyone go inside we talked about that on the podcast, actually. When we started shooting, I didnt realize how nervous I would be. Because when he wrote that script and wrote that character, it was exactly how I might have come off when I was 13 or 14, and thats exactly how I acted all the way up until I was 17 or so. Id yell obscenities, Id pull my business out and I would dance and do really obnoxious stuff. That was exactly how I was. Even though I acted that way, I dont know why when I got in front of a camera and it was like "Action, were ready to go," I couldnt do it. I would get really nervous and would be like, "Can everyone go inside that doesn't need to be here?"...
If you see Mewes on the street, don't make him your monkey!
People will just come up and be like, Hey, you're that guy and I love your stuff" and all that. And they stand there sort of quiet and I think they expect me to do a little dance. Some people will just come straight up and say, "Hey, can you say 'snootchie bootchies'" and stuff like that. I think people either ask me to say something or theyre waiting for me to do something and Im not [acting] obnoxious. When I meet someone for the first time Im not pulling my stuff out or doing a dance for them and I think they think Im going to.
Mewes and Smith's friendship and their podcast have made a huge impact on his own life - getting sober and for many of his fans too.
Kevin and I have known each other forever and weve always been close, weve always hung out. Its also been a sort of an older brother type of relationship where Im doing something, messing up, or whatever, maybe not trusting me with business stuff because Ive always been sort of goofy and silly and not very responsible. But I feel like over the past four years, weve spent so much time together and Ive shared so much stuff, so now were actually best friends and partners in a company and our business and touring business. It hasnt just helped him and I but its also helped me by sharing all the different stuff with the drugs, the struggles with the drugs and going back and forth. [It's] getting things out and not holding it in and being accountable to all the people who listen to the podcast.
Ill go to Starbucks and someone will be like, "How many days have you been clean?" One out of every ten shows, someone will come up and tell me [something like], "I have a brother who struggled with drugs and got out of rehab and struggled and the podcast has helped him stay sober."
Its just surreal and amazing. If it's me just talking about all these stories and talking about how much I struggled...and to keep even one person sober, like, I dont know, I didnt expect that and thats just amazing...
In the beginning first six monthsthe first year even of us doing the podcast, I remember you just have dreams about drugs or drinking or whatever and I would wake up and be like, Oh my gosh, we have a show this week. Now I have to tell everybody. And Im like, "Wait, that was just a dream." And Id wake up in a sweat.
Jay & Silent Bob Get Old: Jason Mewes' 40th Birthday Show will be at the Comedy Store located at 8433 Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood on June 12 at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. More information can be found here.
Next up: Jay & Silent Bobs Super Groovy Cartoon Movie. Jay and Silent Bob hit the lottery jackpot, and use their cash windfall to become crime-fighting superheroes. Read more about it here.Fans, extend your birthday wishes to Jason in the comments section below and watch clips from Clerks, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Chasing Amy!