Jason Mewes, actor of Jay and Silent Bob, shares a sad history of addiction – The Hollywood Reporter
Jason Mewes recently opened up about his drug addiction over the years and shared a particularly sad story involving his best friend, filmmaker Kevin Smith.
Currently sober for 11 years, the actor spoke frankly about his battle in the latest episode of Steve-O’s wild ride! Podcast.
Mewes is best known for starring in several Smith films as one half of the iconic duo Jay and Silent Bob. Mewes first played the character in ClerksSmith’s 1994 black-and-white comedy that launched his career.
According to Mewes’ account, Smith likely saved his life by forcing him to be sober several times, both for his health and so he could appear in Smith’s films, including Dogma and Jay and Quiet Bob Strike Backamong others.
story Donkey star Steve-O, a fellow to recover drug addict, he hit rock bottom several times, one moment in particular stood out, it was Thanksgiving years ago.
“I remember me and him sitting outside his house, and he was crying and saying, ‘I want to let you in, but the whole family is there,'” Mewes said. “And I had a tank top, and I had track marks. And he’s like, ‘I can’t see you like this.’ And I’m like, ‘Can’t I come over for a plate of Thanksgiving dinner?’ And he’s like, ‘You can’t. Here, I’ll bring you some food. It was the first time I had gotten sober in a while.
Mewes explained that Smith never judged him or made him feel inferior during his struggles. Smith would also pay for the treatments, Mewes said, explaining that his friend only wanted him to clean up and be part of the family.
“Any issues I’ve had, I’ve had Kevin’s support and I know that made a big difference in the outcome of everything,” Mewes said.
Watch the full segment below.