Earlier this week, Kevin Smith revealed that his lifelong friend Jason Mewes has a brief appearance in the episode of “The Flash” Smith just finished directing. Now, Smith has shared a photo from the set featuring himself, Mewes and the ever-sinister Zoom (Teddy sears).
Mewes, who has been a part of nearly every major Hollywood project Smith has directed, most notably and often as Jay to Smith’s Silent Bob, was not initially part of the script, but “The Flash” writers worked him into the story. Smith followed up Mewes’ official appearance by sneaking his friend into a later scene as a masked villain, wearing the costume seen in the photo below.
“I’ve seen that dude cry twice,” Smith said during his latest Hollywood Babble-On podcast. “Once holding his newborn child, and once when he was told he was gonna have a bit part on ‘The Flash.'”
Meta-Mewes! The folks at @cwtheflash were kind enough to include a cameo for my hetero life mate @jaymewes in the episode of #TheFlash I directed. As a longtime lover of everything that ever aired on @thecw, Jay was ecstatic to have scripted lines in one of his favorite shows (plus, he got to visit the @cw_arrow sets across the lot). But I also found an opportunity to sneak #jaymewes into another scene as well – this time as a masked super villain. And even though he had no lines as the Meta and is unrecognizable, THIS was the role that reduced him to tears. I’ve seen #JayMewes cry twice in my life: one time it was about the birth of his only begotten daughter, the other time was after he wrapped his super villain bit on #TheFlash. Jay gave me a huge hug and said “You made my dream come true, Moves.” You see, Jay never planned for @jayandsilentbob; while he certainly inspired the cinematic duo, it was never his dream to play Jay in the movies – it was just something that happened to him. But this boy LOVES his comic books – so much so that I’ve never heard him say he’s ever read a bad comic book (and I know for a fact he went deep on the I’ll-fated @marvel “New Universe” titles back in the day). He doesn’t dissect superhero material, he just consumes. Analyzing is for academics: Jay’s just there to see his heroes come to life. So to thank me for sneaking him into the @dccomics universe, Jay took me to see @batmanvsuperman again (my second time, his first). I liked the flick more on my second viewing (see 1 hour review on my #KevinSmith #youtube channel). I’d said the film didn’t have any heart, but after the second viewing, I actually found the heart in #batmanvsuperman: it’s in the viewer. And the viewer I watched the blockbuster with the second time was all agog, eyes as big as saucers. During the Knightmare sequence, we shared a moment that even elevated the flick for me: when the winged New Gods nasties attack #Batman and take him down, Jay (age 40) & I (age 45) simultaneously looked at one another and whispered reverently “ParaDemons.” It was a beautiful moment shared by two lifelong fanboys who were delighted to see their childhood flash before their eyes.
Mewes friendship with Smith goes back decades; the pair first appeared as Jay and Silent Bob in 1994’s “Clerks.” The characters continued to appear in Smith’s films, like “Mallrats,” “Chasing Amy,” “Dogma” and even the “Clerks” animated series. The pair got their own feature film, “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back,” in 2001.
Smith’s episode of “The Flash,” the 21st of the show’s second season, will air at the end of April on the CW.