The microbudget movie went on to win awards at Sundance and Cannes, and made Smith an indie movie cult hero. In some ways, nevertheless, little modified for Mewes. Even after performing as Jay within the 1995 function “Mallrats,” the actor went again to roofing, in addition to pizza supply. “I used to be delivering pizza and other people have been like, weren’t you in a film?” Mewes stated.
The 2 continued to work collectively, showing in movies (many directed by Smith) and TV reveals. By means of a lot of that point, Mewes struggled with heroin dependancy. “For years, I used to be backwards and forwards,” he stated. “We’d do a film and I’d come again residence and maintain my mother, and I’d get strung out once more. Kevin would come get me to do some movie or one thing, and see I used to be a large number. One time he threw me in rehab. One other time, Ben [Affleck] put me in.”
“Kevin was all the time there for me,” Mewes continued. The one incident the place Smith couldn’t assist, Mewes stated, was when he confirmed up at Smith’s door on Thanksgiving, strung out, looking forward to a meal. “He couldn’t let me in the home, as a result of his daughter was sufficiently old to know what was occurring,” he stated. “I had blood operating down my arms.”
Quickly after, Mewes entered rehab as soon as once more. As a inventive means to attempt to hold Mewes sober, the 2 launched the podcast “Jay & Silent Bob Get Outdated” in 2010. “It was basically an intervention podcast,” Smith stated. Mewes has been clear ever since.
In 2013, Smith started writing a script for “Clerks III,” which included a personality’s nervous breakdown, a theater taking pictures and the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. “It was very, very darkish,” stated O’Halloran, talking by video name. “It was very highly effective, however in a really totally different, non-‘Clerks’ means.”