Jason Mewes is best known for his character Jay, the charismatic drug dealer who hangs in front of convenience stores with his sidekick Silent Bob (Kevin Smith) in the cult comedies Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and Clerks II.
Recently he appeared as tattooed horndog Lester in Zack and Miri Make a Porno, where he nails real porn star Katie Morgan in a coffee shop. Recently, Jason postponed a trip to sample some beaver tails to speak on the phone with MrSkin.com’s own Maximilian Mueller.
Tell us about your role in Zack and Miri Make a Porno.
My character is Lester. I’m horrible at explaining characters and movies. He’s a guy who doesn’t have to work—I sort of made up that he’s got a trust fund and so he’s got money—and he’s not a very smart guy. But he loves to have sex and he loves to do his stuff. That’s the best I can describe him.
What was it like working with a real porn star like Katie Morgan?
I wouldn’t say anything was different. The good thing was that when we did the sex scene, she was so comfortable with it that it made it way more comfortable for me. I was really nervous going into it, thinking, “Now I’ve got to be this and pretend.” But when we started the scene it was great because she was so at ease with it and just did not care. We started joking about stuff and it made it go really smooth.
Did you watch a lot of porno before the movie?
I don’t now and I never have. But if I do watch porn it’s probably for about two minutes. I look for a good visual of a vagina or something, then I pause it, and do my business, and I’m done.
Did you ever watch one of Katie Morgan’s movies?
No, I never saw a movie with her or Traci [Lords] and that’s good because I heard that’s bad. I had seen Katie’s HBO special, though.
You’ve worked with a lot of hot actresses like Eliza Dushku, Shannon Elizabeth, and Ali Larter. Who was the most fun?
I would say Rosario [Dawson]. She’s really spunky and outgoing and she jokes and jokes back. I had fun with Linda Fiorentino back in the day. And Shannon and Ali and Eliza are great. But Rosario hung out more on set between shooting and we would go out afterward. And there might be someone else from way back, but that’s the one who popped into my head. She’s sweet and she’s funny and she’s dirty like me so if I made a joke about punching her in the boob she would say something even dirtier back.
Have you ever offended any other actresses on the set when you were joking around like that?
I’m sure I have, but nothing too serious. A few times, maybe, they’ve been like, “That wasn’t nice,” or “That was rude,” but nothing too bad, luckily.
What’s the best and worst thing about making a movie with Kevin Smith?
Well, the best thing is that he and I have been friends forever and I love hanging out with him. And we work with a lot of the same people all the time and it’s a blast because I won’t see these people for two years and then we spend three months together. The worst thing? I can’t think of a bad thing about working with him, actually. And I’m not saying that because he’s my buddy. I’m sure there’s something, but I just can’t think of anything.
Do you remember the first nude scene you ever saw?
I don’t know. I know I used to watch a lot of those USA Up All Night movies. You know, the kind of movies with the girls on the beach? I can’t think of the name of any of them, but one of those movies back in the ’80s would be the first.
What’s your favorite nude scene?
I can’t think of the name, but I’ve really got stuck in my head that one nude sex scene with Angelina Jolie where he puts her up against the wall. She gets half naked and he throws her up against the desk in the hotel room. Ethan Hawke comes in and he slams her on the dresser and her boobs come out and her legs come out and you almost get a shot of her…
Taking Lives. That’s it, right?
Is Angelina Jolie your favorite actress out there now?
No, I wouldn’t say that. As for looks, I really like Kristin Kreuk—Lana Lang form Smallville. And I really like Shannyn Sossamon from A Knight’s Tale. So those are a couple of girls who are my “Oh she’s beautiful type thing.”
What’s next for Jason Mewes?
I just finished a movie called Shoot the Hero. I play a totally different character and I would explain it but I’m horrible at that. Anyway, he’s got all this money from a jewelry heist. I just finished that. I also did a movie called Repo two years ago that should be out in March. It’s a buddy comedy with me and Ben Gourley.
I opened up a production company with my buddies called Seven Star Pictures and we might be doing a movie called K-11. We were supposed to start shooting and then something happened and then it got pushed and now we’re supposed to start shooting in August with Kristen Stewart and Nikki Reed. I’m playing the main guy Ray, and that will be awesome and I’m stoked.
But then one little this one little thing happened and it threw a curveball and pushed us to August. But that’s how it goes. Then there is Gideon’s Gift and some other scripts out there. There are a lot of maybes.
Isn’t Katie Morgan in Shoot the Hero too?
That’s correct. Yes.
Does she get naked in that movie?
She does not. But she’s wearing very sexy outfits.
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