If you're keen of eye and trivial of mind, you may have noticed a recurring vehicle in the background of several shots throughout Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa. It was a "construction van" that had a mixed vibe of FBI meets rapey with just enough of an added innocuous dash to make it all but disappear and blend into the average workaday surroundings. We dubbed it "Scooby", in ode to the "Mystery Machine" of yore made famous in the original Scooby Doo, Where Are You! cartoon series, and behind its tinted windows lay several thousand dollars worth of cameras laying in wait for Irving Zisman to enter the exterior scene. Oftentimes it took longer than usual for Irving to arrive, what with having to get into place well beforehand, or just as long for the immediate surroundings to become optimal for filming conditions or repopulate with all-new unknowing marks, so the various camera operators would hold in standby position, legs cramping, asses numbing, craft service munching, just a walkie-screech-through-the-earpiece away, at which point a mad, silent scramble into position would take place.
Exhibited here today, thanks to Andrew Laboy and Tom Heigl, are both states of being—in repose and on point—in a blacked-out environment that was always too cool, too hot, possibly infected, or just plain noxious if it was an "all boys" day, but a constant home for most all 60 days of filming.
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(Photos by Sean Cliver; Charlotte, North Carolina 2013)