Jason Mewes, one of the stars of the movie “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back,” visited Oklahoma City last month. He was a guest at Wizard World Comic-Con.
Mewes grew up with a mom that was a heroin addict. She would routinely use him to deliver drugs to new customers. In 1995 his mom was diagnosed with HIV.
Kevin Smith, the director of cult classic movies “Clerks,” “Mallrats,” and “Dogma,” talked about Mewes rough childhood and his struggle with addiction in his book “Tough Sh*t.”
In his book, Smith said seeing his mom drop unhealthy amounts of weight and suffer AIDS-related ailments was, at one point, enough to make Mewes swear off ever trying heroin. But alas, there was that park in Canada. And nobody ever caught AIDS because they SNORTED heroin, Mewes rationalized. As long as he never shot-up, he’d be okay.
Mewes, unfortunately, would turn to shooting heroin not long after the filming of “Mallrats” wrapped. With Smith’s help Mewes entered a treatment program, and started his ongoing journey of recovery and relapse.
Mewes says about a low point during his addiction, “The talent agent was trying to get a hold of me and it was at time that I was like disappeared. I disappeared for two years ‘cause I got really strung out, I was living in Huntington Beach in an apartment we were getting kicked out of.”
Christmas came, he said, and his family had no money for drugs, no money for anything.
“There was no lights and I was pissing in this big bucket in the kitchen, and dirty syringes all over the place because we would throw them and they would miss the garbage. People Magazine even called Kevin and asked do you have any comment on the death of you friend,” he said.
To help Mewes with his sobriety Smith started the “Jay and Silent Bob” podcast. He described his experiences at conventions as “awesome, special, and fun.”
“People will come up to me that saw our live podcast and tell me they have six months sober, thanks for sharing, which is something I didn’t expect,” Mewes said.
Mewes said his interaction with fans as “mind blowing.” He said that he gets people that are 14, 30, and even 80 years old who tell him how much they love his movies. It’s like the movies are being passed down through the generations.
“It’s always pleasant, it’s always awesome, it’s still surreal to me that 20 something years later people still come up and say sweet things.” he said