Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith’s Friendship Goes beyond Their Characters Jay and Silent Bob
Jay and Silent Bob are one of the most loved fictional character duos. While writer-director Kevin Smith played Silent Bob, Jason Mewes portrayed the role of Jay.
The fact that Smith wrote Jay's character, especially for Mewes, makes this pair even more loveable.
Over the years, their friendship has been thoroughly tested, but the two have overcome every hurdle and managed to maintain mutual love and respect for one another.
Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith Are Real Life Best Friends
Mewes and Smith are best buds as Jay and Silent Bob in a fictional universe, and they are best of friends in real life too.
The Jay and Silent Bob duo: Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith. (Photo: Instagram)
To show his affection for his pal, Smith took to Twitter to say some kind words and celebrate the decades-long friendship forged in Jersey with a throwback picture of him and Mewes.
Under the photo, he wrote, "Me and the Boy, circa 1997. He noted that he had spent half of his life standing next to Mewes.
Then he dubbed their relationship as an "an alliance of hetero-lifemates that's lasted longer than most marriages and survived nine motion pictures."
One of Jason Mewes' Tattoos Is For Smith's Kid
While Smith has his way of showing his love for his buddy, Mewes has taken a notch higher. How so?
Well, he got the name of his best mate's daughter, Harley Quinn, tattooed on his back! While he has a fair share of tattoos on his body, this one is quite special and is a real example of the pair's friendship.
Jason Mewes flaunts his tattoos, especially the one he inked for Kevin Smith's daughter. (Source: Facebook)
"The 7-year-old Harley was mystified, yet delighted," Smith wrote on the Facebook post, where he flaunted Mewes's tattoos. He also shared that the actor spent an entire day on the inker's table to complete the design.
"It's beautiful to see that you have so much love for your best friend's child. Kids need all the love they can get. I am sure, and awesome uncle," one user commented on the said post.
Besides the particular design, Mewes has multiple tattoos on his body. The famed actor has two big tattoos on his shoulders and multiple small tattoos on both legs.
Jason Mewes Battled with Drug Addiction
The Clerks star Mewes always cracked up the viewers with his marijuana and drinks on screen, but little did we know, the star actually fell into drug addiction in his early 20s in real life.
While his reel-life persona made him a fan favorite, his life choices off the screen entirely caused him to go down the rabbit hole—personally and professionally.
Talking about his addiction experience, his pal Smith revealed that Mewes's initial slide into drug dependency was caused by tragic family history as he was born to a heroin abuser.
Born the son of a heroin abuser, [and] spent most of his childhood raised by an aunt while his Mother fed her jones or spent years in jail.
Despite the problems at home, Mewes remained clean until his high school days, but tables turned when he started drinking and pot-smoking while shooting for Clerks.
On top of that, the movie director and his friend Smith also said that the actor was playing his authentic self in the movie.
The addiction was life-threatening to him as well as his relationship with Smith.
Not just that, the actor had to face charges of the law as well when he reportedly had an accident with the car of an off-duty police officer at a traffic stop. Then, he was driving under the influence. He was charged for heroin possession after the police inquiry.
It is believed that Mewes' drug addiction rotted his teeth and weakened them. Consequently, he underwent surgery and opted for fake teeth.
Not just dentures, some fans argue that he's even had plastic surgery to get his chin, jaw, and lips done.
While Mewes has confirmed having fake teeth, he hasn't yet responded to the plastic surgery rumors.
Jason Mewes Has Been Sober for over a Decade
The New Jersey native hit rock bottom when he found himself in the Christmas fire in 2002, where he was awakened on the couch with flames around him.
Apparently, the Dogma star hadn't defused the candle that he lit while high on Heroin.
This particular incident was the turning point in his life as he decided to sober up and sought help from his close family and friends. Unfortunately, it did not last long as he relapsed once again after four years.
Thankfully, his best buddy Smith was by his side, who got him into rehabilitation yet again. And the good news? He's been sober since 2010.
Following his sobriety, the classic duo started a podcast where they talked about their journey and everything in between, which also helped them fight their own battle with addiction and drinking.
In July 2020, Smith shared an Instagram post celebrating a decade of Mewes' self-restraint and sobriety.
His caption on the post was very heart-touching as he wrote, "I love you, Jay! Thank you for denying your demons so we can Reboot and Get Old together!"
Presently, Mewes is married to his wife Jordan Monsanto and is blessed with a beautiful daughter.
Professionally, he has gone back to acting full-time. He filmed Jay and Silent Bob Reboot alongside Smith in late 2019.