Well, the scat is officially out of the colostomy bag, and I have to second Johnny Knoxville's exclamation of "Whew!" with yesterday's press release. It's been a real doozy of a time suppressing our enthusiasm with all the fun 'n' games to be had this past year, but we'll have plenty of time to dig into that in the months leading up to October 25th with the theatrical release of Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa. In the meantime, let's go back in jackass time to the first appearance of Irving Zisman, a/k/a Johnny Knoxville, on the final season of the MTV show in 2001.
When Knoxville first had the idea to become a "90-year-old" man, Spike recommended we use the SFX house he'd worked with on Adaptation—enter Tony Gardner, his awesome Alterian crew, and a lot of latex prosthetics. With a few creative silly scenarios in hand, Knoxville and Spike committed to the make-up chairs for what seemed like hours on end what with the head molds and final application. This is, of course, the short form of it all, but what else do you expect from the almighty ADHD Interweb?
Anyway, the truly funny behind-the-scenes part of the original 90-year-old experience was that Brad Pitt* rolled up to witness the final high-jinks of Irving and the late Dorothy Barnett on Hollywood Blvd. Yes, little did all the tourists on the sidewalk know that day, but if they would've just taken their eyes off the cheesy stars on the sidewalk to look up at the untinted back window of a standard issue gold rental car they would have had the A-list celebrity sighting of a lifetime. What's funny is this fact was not lost on Brad either, as he happily mugged in the car window while an oblivious tourist was lining up a snap shot of Grauman's Chinese Theater on the opposing side of the boulevard. Imagine their suprise in getting that photo back from the lab!
* Later that night—once Knoxville and Spike stripped out of the make-up—we filmed both ""The Abduction"" and "Night Monkey 2" with Brad while running willy-nilly throughout the streets, sidewalks, and parking lots of Hollywood.
(Photos by Sean Cliver; Glendale, California 2001)