Madness in the Method Trailer: Jason Mewes Stars as Himself, Joined by Kevin Smith

Jason Mewes stars as himself in feature directorial debut Madness in the Method, depicting his struggle to be taken seriously in Hollywood.

Madness in the Method poster; Red Rock Entertainment
Red Rock Entertainment

Madness in the Method brandishes a title that, in reversing a famous idiom, reveals the 180 turn of its star and director, Jason Mewes, who’s using the film as a statement to prove to audiences that he’s more than just a snoochie-boochie-smoking loiterer of convenience stores and malls.

Indeed, the film shows Mewes expanding his (perceived as limited) performance boundaries by – ironically enough – playing, well, himself in the meta-minded character study, putting aside his oft-fielded character in Kevin Smith’s View Askewverse as Jay. However, that’s not to say that he’ll be without his repertory onscreen companion, since Smith will very much be a part of the film, joined by an intriguing array of supporting cast members, most notably the immortal Stan Lee in his last onscreen role.

Madness in the Method Trailer

The trailer for Madness in the Method previews a film in which star/filmmaker Jason Mewes pulls no punches on his own showbiz predicament, depicting his (undoubtedly authentic) struggles to show that he’s capable of handling more than the “stoner buddy” type-casted paradigm in which he’s stuck.

Madness in the Method Release Date

Madness in the Method will have a day-and-date release, set to hit select theaters and On Demand on August 2, before its Blu-ray/DVD release, set for sometime this fall. Cinedigm acquired the North American rights this past May.

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Madness in the Method Details

Mewes directed Madness in the Method, working off a screenplay by Chris Anastasi and Dominic Burns. While the film shows a new side to the man, he will be reprising his star-making role in a new Jay and Silent Bob reboot film, which has yet to reveal a release date.

As the official logline reads:

Iconic actor Jason Mewes is tired of Hollywood’s perception of him. Upon advice from best friend Kevin Smith, Mewes tracks down a secret method acting book to reinvent himself as a serious actor – with disastrous consequences!

The Madness in the Method cast sees Mewes and Smith joined by the guy who wasn’t even supposed to be here today, Clerks star Brian O’Halloran, along with names like Danny Trejo, Vinnie Jones, Gina Carano and Jaime Camil. Additionally, the film will feature Teri Hatcher and Dean Cain. – Dare we presume that an onscreen reunion of some kind for the former Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman stars is in the can here?

As mentioned, the film will also contain Stan Lee’s last onscreen appearance, lending it an (unforeseen) distinction, especially considering the billions of dollars’ worth of Marvel films in which he fielded his famous cameos.

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