Jason Lee was a professional skateboarding champion before he was cast as Brodie Bruce in Kevin Smith's movie Mallrats (1995). He then played Banky Edwards in Smith's Chasing Amy (1997, with Ben Affleck), and that film's success led to other roles in a variety of films, including Enemy of the State (1998, with Will Smith), Mumford (1999, with Zooey Deschanel) and Dogma (1999). Lee appeared as the egotistical lead singer of Stillwater, the rock bank in Almost Famous (2000, with Billy Crudup), and in 2001 he co-starred with Tom Cruise in Vanilla Sky. In 2004 he voiced the character Syndrome from the animated feature The Incredibles, and from 2005-09 he starred in the TV series My Name is Earl (co-starring Jaime Pressly).
For Smith’s 2001 movie Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Lee reprised his roles as Brodie and Banky.