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 youre the leader. How hard is it to keep the reigns on these guys?
What exactly does a director do in a film like this? What do you tell the guys?
Tremaine: You do that. You shoot it.
Tremaine: Sorry about that. I didnt think that was gonna happen
Tremaine: 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 cant do a stunt?
Tremaine: Yeah. We dont take No well, though. If the studio tells us no, were 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.
What about the bulls?
Tremaine: 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 theyll basically run right up to the target and smoke em. [laughs]
Johnny, why are you still doing this?
Tremaine: A professional idiot. The best in the business.
How 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.
With 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 Im not on location Im in the edit bay. And weve been editing this since February. We really over-shot on this one. But this idiot next to me would not let me stop shooting. Wed say, Thats a picture wrap, and he would go, No its not. Promise me were still shooting.
Are you open to doing a Jackass 3?
Tremaine: Yeah, we feel stupid being here, because we really did close the book after the first one and now were here talking about the second one. We dont intend to, but we do have 40 minutes of really good stuff thats gonna come out in one way or another. And were shooting in November and I know Johnnys not gonna want to stop shooting, so somethings gonna happen. Im not calling it Three, but youll see what we shoot at some time.
Johnny, arent you ever scared of killing yourself?
During the Anaconda Ball Pit scene, did you ever think of stopping the shoot when you got bit?
Tremaine: 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 dont know. Lets tape your wrists. Those teeth will go right through it.
You didnt even think twice about it. The other guys seemed scared.
Whats the worst injury youve had?
That would be Gonorrhea in
What can we expect on the DVD?
Tremaine: Like I said, we overshot this movie to the nth. Were gonna do a making of. We have tons of outtakes. We have so much footage.
Tremaine: Youll wanna skip that one.
Are you amazed at how far this has come since you began doing these stunts?
Tremaine: 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 dont, oh well.
How did you guys meet each other?
Tremaine: 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 buddys .38, point blank in the chest. And I got him to film it.
Tremaine: 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-Os bits and you let him talk, and youve got a show.
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