...and the answer to this half-ass Shakespearean intro was, obviously, yes, but not without a good deal of used car salesman work by Jeff Tremaine. It was a day like any other in the production offices of jackass back in 2001. We had our usual skeleton crew on hand, some time to run out and shoot something, but not a lot of actual cast hanging about. So, while simulating the look and feel and intensity of a Hollywood brainstorming spitball session, we came up with the idea to give Rick Kosick a male-pattern baldness cut and then slap an ill-fitting toupee on his newly chromed dome. The primary objective was for him to hang about in public places and then violently sneeze, thereby losing his rug for reaction. The prank delivered in the end, which was all fine and dandy, but the real motivation behind the idea was just to see Kosick first wrap his head around the idea and then submit to it actually being shaved by Johnny Knoxville. Hence the intial office pre-amble to the televised bit. All in all it was an interesting look for Rick. Once shaven and clothed in a business suit without his glasses he looked almost exactly like Steve Ballmer, the CEO of Microsoft—minus the distinguished air of a million billion dollars in fuck you money, of course.
(Photos by Sean Cliver; Hollywood, California 2001)