You probably know Johnny Knoxville for being an immature jackass, and rightly so: he’s built a career on pranking innocent people and sacrificing his body, all in the name of a sophomoric laugh. But Knoxville has actually grown up (a bit) into a thoughtful, introspective, and, dare we say, artistic jackass. At least that’s what we found when we spoke to Knoxville recently while promoting Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa .5, an addendum to last fall’s so-wrong-it’s-right hit about Irving Zisman (Knoxville), a skeevy octogenarian who escorts his grandson Billy (Jackson Nicoll) across the country in search of Billy’s dad. While speaking over the phone, Knoxville told us about his new first-look deal with Paramount, how cell phone culture affects his work, and whether or not he’s ready for retirement. Why Bad Grandpa .5?
By Jordan Zakarin The star of Bad Grandpa is now a golden boy. Johnny Knoxville and his Hello Junior shingle have signed a exclusive first-look deal with Paramount, the company announced on Monday, giving them two years of first dibs on the Jackass mastermind’s projects. See video: The Secret to Making Johnny Knoxville’s Oscar-Nominated Bad Grandpa Testicles “Johnny has literally put life and limb on the line to create the kind of groundbreaking comedies that audiences the world over flock to in greater and greater numbers,” Adam Goodman, the President of Paramount Film Group, said in a statement. “With Bad Grandpa, we saw his undying commitment to great storytelling go beyond what audiences had seen before with a more narrative style that also showcased his incredible comedic abilities.
By Todd Cunningham With Thor: The Dark World dominating the weekend box office with its $86 million opening, the box office suspense came from the race for No. 2 – and Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa has won it by just over $100,000. Monday’s box-office results revealed the Johnny Knoxville comedy from MTV Films took in $11.3 million. The animated family filmFree Birds was second at $11.18 million and the old-guy comedyLast Vegas came in third at $11.1 million, according toExhibitor Relations Co . Also read: How Martin Scorsese Helped Thor Get Ready for His Box-Office Date With Katniss Everdeen The three movies were in a virtual dead heat on Sunday, when the studios were estimating their Sunday attendance.