INT: Knoxville / Tremaine
Known for captivating (and often nauseating) audiences with his iconic TV show, "Jackass" star Johnny Knoxville has managed to parlay his penchant for self-mutilation into a viable film career, with starring roles in THE DUKES OF HAZZARD, DALTRY CALHOUN and others. This week returns to his roots, serving up another helping of outrageous pranks, stunts and various other obscenities with JACKASS: NUMBER TWO.
|Johnny Knoxville||Jeff Tremaine|
Johnny, all the other guys said that you’re the leader. How hard is it to keep the reigns on these guys?
exactly does a director do in a film like this? What do you tell the
“You – do that. You – shoot it.”
“Sorry about that. I didn’t think that was gonna happen…”
Sometimes I gotta explain what we think is gonna happen, why he
should do it…
Are you the guy that has to deliver the bad news when the studio says you can’t do a stunt?
Yeah. We don’t take “No” well, though. If the studio tells us
no, we’re probably gonna go shoot it. [laughs]
Tremaine: It went really smooth. Unbelievably smooth. (The studio) never asked us to do another film. They never once approached us. So we just brought it to ‘em.
about the bulls?
We built these giant…I call them “Bull Guns.” You get a
trailer and you back it right up to the target, and then you open
the door. And they’ll basically run right up to the target and
smoke ‘em. [laughs]
why are you still doing this?
A professional idiot. The best in the business.
did the sequel come together?
After the first movie, that was it for Jackass. We felt that we left
it all out there and did what we wanted to do and ended that
chapter. And then I started a show called Wildboyz with Chris and
Steve-O. That was just so we could travel around and be idiots.
all the footage you have, how long does it take to put it together
in the editing room?
Tremaine: It takes a long time. We start editing the day after we start shooting. When I’m not on location I’m in the edit bay. And we’ve been editing this since February. We really over-shot on this one. But this idiot next to me would not let me stop shooting. We’d say, “That’s a picture wrap,” and he would go, “No it’s not. Promise me we’re still shooting.”
you open to doing a Jackass 3?
Yeah, we feel stupid being here, because we really did close the
book after the first one and now we’re here talking about the
second one. We don’t intend to, but we do have 40 minutes of
really good stuff that’s gonna come out in one way or another. And
we’re shooting in November and I know Johnny’s not gonna want to
stop shooting, so something’s gonna happen. I’m not calling it
“Three,” but you’ll see what we shoot at some time.
aren’t you ever scared of killing yourself?
the “Anaconda Ball Pit” scene, did you ever think of stopping
the shoot when you got bit?
Did you see the tape we put on their wrists? That was just to make
them do it. They were like, “What if it bites me on my wrists?”
“I don’t know. Let’s tape your wrists.” Those teeth will go
right through it.
didn’t even think twice about it. The other guys seemed scared.
the worst injury you’ve had?
That would be Gonorrhea in
can we expect on the DVD?
Like I said, we overshot this movie to the nth. We’re gonna do a
“making of.” We have tons of outtakes. We have so much footage.
You’ll wanna skip that one.
Are you amazed at how far this has come since you began doing these stunts?
We were surprised that anyone was interested in it. And then it
became a TV and then the TV show became a hit. And we were just
like, “Whatever.” If you guys like it, great. If you don’t, oh
did you guys meet each other?
He was writing articles for us. That was at the same time that we
started doing videos as a supplement to the magazine and he had the
idea to do the brilliant self defense test, where he pepper sprayed
himself in the eyes, stun gun in the ribs, tazed him over the heart
and then went out in the desert, got the most expensive bullet proof
vest - $49.95 – that he could afford at the time and shot himself
with his buddy’s .38, point blank in the chest. And I got him to
I already had the other guys – Steve-O, Wee Man, Bam – but this
guy was actually talking to the camera. He could talk. So I figured
I could put this all together and make a show. You put music over
Chris and Steve-O’s bits and you let him talk, and you’ve got a
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