JACKASS THE MOVIE
About The Production
People shouldn't expect to follow a
plot when they go to see "jackass the movie." What they can expect is
the same format as the half-hour television series with back-to-back, totally unrelated
sketches that run approximately 90 minutes. This makes it especially easy on
those in the audience who need to go pee or feed their hungry stomachs, as they
can simply get up and leave, come back minutes later and not feel they've
missed a thing -- even though they will probably have missed a good three or
four things, since most of the segments are no more than a minute or two in
"Think 'Jackass' the television
series times ten," says executive producer John Miller. "It's been a
blast expanding upon the sick and twisted minds of guys who don't take
anything seriously, and I have no doubt that people who loved the series will
hip over the film. In fact, I'm sure that word of mouth, alone, will have
people standing around the block."
can't decide if this movie or 'The Brothers Grunt' animated series is the
low point of my career," says Van Toftier, President. MTV Films. "I've
basically given money to a bunch of idiots saddled with enough dimwitted
ignorance to try one bad idea after another, with the sole purpose of making
David Gale, senior vice president of
MTV Films, expressed the sentiment of numerous executives when, after viewing
the preliminary screening for "jackass the movie," he uttered:
"We're all going to hell."
Running the gamut from hair-brained
stunts to troubling shots of Preston Lacy's misshapen ass, the skits are all
pretty ridiculous, and coming up with lots of dumb ideas has not been a problem.
"Ideas come from
everywhere," says director Jeff Tremaine. "Sometimes the cast will
come up with the idea - like Bam Margera called me with an idea to have Raab
Himself jump out of a tree with bungee cords attached to his underwear. Or
someone will have the start of an idea and we'll discuss it to figure out how
to step it up. Lots of times the ideas just take off in an altogether different
direction, but if they involve Pontius or Steve-O, there's probably going to
be some nudity involved."
Due to the limited
attention span of the "actors" and general irreverence on the set,
directing "jackass the movie" was certainly no easy feat.
"The hardest thing
about shooting with these guys is getting them to settle down long enough to set
up cameras," says director Jeff Tremaine. "Sometimes when you get them
all together, it's impossible to get anything done. You just need to start
rolling because they're simply in their own world."
"When Francis Ford
Coppola was directing 'Apocalypse Now,' I don't think he had to deal with
any of the actors actually crapping in their pants," says Johnny Knoxville.
"So there are certain things that Jeff has to deal with that other
directors don't have to deal with and just couldn't handle."
With no script or shot
list to follow, many of the best sketches in the film develop on the spot. The
cast and crew never stop playing practical jokes, chiding one another, or taking
off their clothes, and a lot of the stuff gets caught on camera, which<
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