‘Clerks 3’: Jason Mewes Reveals How Kevin Smith Talked Jeff Anderson Into Returning

Kevin Smith returned to his original indie film universe with Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Smith) debuted in Smith’s original movie Clerks and have now appeared in seven live-action films. The eighth will be Clerks 3 after all. Smith tried to make Clerks 3 once before but it ultimately collapsed when Jeff Anderson didn’t want to reprise his role. He played Randall and you can’t have Clerks without Randall.

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Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot | Kyle Kaplan/Saban Films

Mewes spoke with Showbiz Cheat Sheet by phone out of BlizzCon, where he is attending the World of Warcraft convention this weekend on a break from his Jay and Silent Bob Reboot roadshow tour. We’ll have more on Mewes’ Warcraft obsession and Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, but first he updated us on how Clerks 3 came to be.

Kevin Smith talked Jeff Anderson into ‘Clerks 3’ only a month ago

On Instagram, Kevin Smith shared the announcement after he did a private signing for LeeLoo Multiprops with Anderson and Mewes. Mewes provided a little more insight into the conversation that led to Anderson agreeing to do Clerks 3.

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3 CLERKS! Thanks to the good folks at @zscentertainment and @leeloomultiprops, I got to see Randal! #JeffAnderson, @jaymewes, and I spent Saturday signing stuff and catching up, seeing so much movie merch that’s been made over the last 25 years (hit the Leloo site for sweet signed skateboards)! But even better than that? We talked about making a movie together. It’ll be a movie that concludes a saga. It’ll be a movie about how you’re never too old to completely change your life. It’ll be a movie about how a decades-spanning friendship finally confronts the future. It’ll be a movie that brings us back to the beginning – a return to the cradle of civilization in the great state of #newjersey. It’ll be a movie that stars Jeff and @briancohalloran, with me and Jay in supporting roles. And it’ll be a movie called CLERKS III! To be great is to go on. To go on is to go far. To go far is to return. And we’re all gonna return to the scene of the crime! This won’t be the old script we almost made a few years back: this is a completely new screenplay that I just started writing last night! And so far, it’s like a dream come true! After mending fences with @benaffleck earlier this year, I was hoping for a chance to do the same with Jeff – so huge thanks to Leeloo Multiprops for getting us all in the same room. But the biggest thanks ever go to Jeff, for being receptive to the idea at all. This means I’m gonna get to play with my two favorite inaction figures again: Dante & Randal! Two weeks from the debut of @jayandsilentbob Reboot (on @fathomevents screens 10/15 & 10/17, link in my bio), I’m ecstatic to announce our imminent return to Quick Stop! So I assure you: we’re open! #KevinSmith #clerks3 #jaymewes #jayandsilentbob #danteandrandal #quickstop #leeloomultiprops #indiefilm #clerks

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“Kevin, Jeff and I did a private signing where people sent in posters and all this stuff and we signed it,” Mewes said. “After we were all done, Kevin and Jeff went outside and chatted. I wasn’t there for the conversation but I guess Kevin talked to him about it and was like, ‘Hey, what do you want to do? I really want to make another one.’ I guess Jeff’s on board so if Kevin finishes writing it and everything goes as planned, it looks like Jeff’s in this time. Hopefully it’ll happen.”

How Jason Mewes is preparing to play Jay again in ‘Clerks 3’

Having just wrapped Jay and Silent Bob reboot, Jason Mewes has to keep his hair long to play Jay again in Clerks 3.

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Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes | Kyle Kaplan/Saban Films

“It’s in a bun right now,” Mewes said. “I probably would have cut it but we shot the movie and now Kevin’s talking about, it’s not 100%, but he’s writing Clerks 3 right now and he’s hoping that we’ll be doing that next. Right when I’m like, ‘When the movie’s done I’m going to cut my hair,’ he’s like, ‘Wait, we might do another one.’ Plus, my daughter, she’s four and a half and she doesn’t want me to cut my hair because she said, ‘Well, Daddy, your hair’s long like mine.’

Where Jay and Silent Bob are at the end of ‘Reboot’

Jay and Silent Bob Reboot ends with Jay and Silent Bob once again standing outside the QuikStop convenience store as Dante (Brian O’Halloran) opens for business. Only this time, they have a new partner. Millennium Falcon (Harley Quinn Smith) has joined them. Could that be where Clerks 3 picks up?

Harley Quinn Smith joins Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith at the site of the original Clerks | Kyle Kaplan/Saban Films

“That end scene meant a lot to me because not only as the character Jay telling Millie at the end there, he starts telling her, ‘One time, me and Silent Bob fought these angels’ and go through the whole spiel. It was cool because as the character explaining to Millie was cool but also as I was doing it was so awesome because it was almost like Jay Mewes was telling Kevin’s daughter Harley his life story. Like hey, me and your dad shot this movie Mallrats and then we went to Pittsburgh and shot this movie Dogma. It was so cool, I stepped out of myself and was like wow, this is really amazing. I’m telling his daughter what me and her dad have been doing for the past 25 years. It was pretty surreal.”

Jason Mewes, interview with Showbiz Cheat Sheet, 11/1/19