It’s hard to believe there’s an envelope left to be pushed since the last original episodes of MTV’s ”Jackass” aired almost a year ago. But not only is the series returning to the network this summer with three all-new specials, the too-hot-for-TV show will be making its feature debut on August 9. EW.com talked to star Johnny Knoxville about what fans can expect this time around (think nekkid men) and why this film means the last stand for ”Jackass” on TV.
Can you give us a taste of what we’ll be seeing in ”Jackass: The Movie”?
Lots of male nudity. Foul language and male nudity!
So how will that be different from the TV show?
It’s really a 90-minute version of the show with all the stuff we couldn’t do on TV. Actually, not all the stuff, but a lot of it.
Does that mean you’re doing battle with the ratings board?
Well, right now the movie’s an NC-17, but we’re going to get it down to an R, and that’s fine. We knew some things would have to go, but we have so much footage it doesn’t matter.
Because the show has become so well known, have you lost the element of surprise you once had in pulling pranks on unsuspecting victims?
Because of that, we’re doing more stunts than pranks. Also, we traveled to other countries to shoot. We went to Japan and filmed a bit in England and Mexico, as well as shooting all over the United States. Personally, I only did a couple of pranks and mostly stunts. But for the pranks I wore disguises, little fake sunglasses and a moustache, a lot of the stuff I wore at the beginning of my career.
Are there going to be any more ”Jackass” shows on MTV?
There’s going to be three specials to promote the movie, but they’re only to promote the movie. There’s no point in the show coming back to TV, because we went as far as we could in that format.
Hey, how about a ”Jackass” sequel?
It’s too early to even think about, but I don’t know what we could do quite honestly, unless it was straight-out snuff.
How do you feel about all of the network shows that seem to be borrowing elements of the ”Jackass” formula, like ”Fear Factor” and ”Dog Eat Dog”?
Hey, NBC owes us some money! But really, it doesn’t matter to us. What is it that crazy Irish guys say? Oh, yeah, a dog doesn’t praise its fleas.
What can you tell us about your role in ”Men in Black 2”?
I’m a two-headed alien. Won’t the doll for that be fun? But really, it’s Will [Smith] and Tommy Lee [Jones]’s movie. I’m third or fourth in it. Actually fourth, because Lara Flynn Boyle is third. Actually, I’ve got one line, okay? It’s a cameo, and it probably got cut.