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MORIARTY Sneaks A Peek At The JACKASS Trailer!

Hey, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab.

It’s been a long week. Very busy. And I’m just plain tired. Friday morning sees me waking up after four hours of sleep and going to the Chinese with two of my best friends to see ATTACK OF THE CLONES. It was a great showing, more convenient than I could have hoped (it’s just a few blocks from my house), and my enjoyment of the film grows each time I see it. But by the time it’s over, I’m beat, and there’s still about 100 things I need to do. My buddies take off, and I’m trying to figure out if there’s time for a half-hour nap when the phone rings.

It’s an invitation. A chance to see something. Small window of opportunity. How soon can I be there? And no matter how tired I am, when calls like this come in, it’s always a good idea to go.

So forty minutes later, I’m sitting in a screening room I’ve never been in before. The lights go down, and a warning comes up to the effect of: “The people doing this are professionals. Paramount and MTV Films discourages you and you idiot buddies from doing anything you see here.” There’s the familiar twang of a guitar, and then we see a golf cart crash headlong through a fence and shatter a porcelain animal before crashing, hard. There’s a few more golf cart stunts, including a particularly horrific crash in which one person is thrown clear.

And then there’s the signature shot of Johnny Knoxville watching something and wincing. And I started laughing, the same way I always do when I see JACKASS. God help me, I think it’s one of the best pure comedy shows on TV. It’s not deep. It’s not well-written. It’s not particularly visually arresting. But it never tries to be any of those things. JACKASS is a record of what happens when you have a bunch of guys who don’t mind being hurt who are all determined to outdo each other. The chemistry between Steve-O and Weeman and Ryan Dunn and Bam Magera and the insanely funny Chris Pontius and Preston Lacy and all the other regulars is the reason it’s funny. Pain isn’t funny by definition. These guys in pain is hysterical.

The trailer is just a quick collection of mayhem. It’s so much to absorb that I asked if we could see it again, then again. I love that this is an R-rated film, that Paramount has done the right thing, the same way they did with SOUTH PARK. There’s no mistake about this being made for kids; it’s not. It’s very much a film for adult fans to go and see in a theater, where the restrictions of TV don’t matter at all. I’m curious to see how somone in a mouse costume crawling through erupting mousetraps or Weeman dropping through a Rube Goldberg-like device or Johnny Knoxville getting his nipples bitten by a baby alligator all cuts together.

You’ll be able to see this trailer next Wednesday on ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, or on the web right after that. I’m sure I’ll be able to come up with a link to the trailer when it hits for you. I’m sure this Talk Back is going to feature as many detractors of the series as supporters, if not more. I’m always amused by how many of them (A) haven’t seen the show or (B) think that it’s targeted at children somehow. We’ve gotten so used to the idea that EVERYTHING has to be childproofed that we’ve forgotten the concept of something that simply isn’t intended for kids in any way. As a responsible adult, I like the notion of watching these particular guys maiming and crippling themselves for my entertainment.

You don’t have to agree with me, of course. Roger Ebert made a great point onstage at his recent Overlooked Film Festival, where he said, “There are two things you can’t argue in film: comedy and erotica. If something doesn’t make you laugh, no one can tell you why it’s funny, and likewise, it’s hard to argue someone out of an erection.” JACKASS is one of those things that makes me laugh. It’s that simple. The trailer made me laugh, and it gives you a very good idea of whether or not the film is going to make you laugh. Keep your eyes peeled for it on TV this Wednesday, or else check back here, where we’ll post a link to it as soon as it hits the web.

Now if only I can figure out how to smuggle these guys into the SCOOBY-DOO premiere...

"Moriarty" out.

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  • May 19, 2002, 10:50 p.m. CST

    Holy Bam Margera Batman

    by SamBlackChvrch21

    I Hope Bam's Dad makes an appearance and get sthe snot kicked outta him by someone. Spidey Rules your face.

  • May 19, 2002, 10:53 p.m. CST


    by riker3

    This movie will knock the fuck out of AoTC and Spider-man!!! Finnaly real pain on the silver screen!!! Can't wait till it comes out.

  • May 19, 2002, 10:56 p.m. CST


    by Meier

    You can put me in the 'supporters' column. Jackass is funny as hell, can't wait for this.

  • May 19, 2002, 10:59 p.m. CST


    by Cincy Vigilante

    It was a funny show but is a movie really necessary? The next thing you know there will be a Croc Hunter movie.

  • May 19, 2002, 11:02 p.m. CST

    vigilante ur dumb

    by metallica846

    there is a fucking croc hunter movie. come out of that cave and go to movies

  • May 19, 2002, 11:04 p.m. CST


    by Det. John Kimble

    Yeeehaw! Hopefully there'll be a lot more Minutemen on the soundtrack. And I want to see the return of the Loop of Death

  • May 19, 2002, 11:07 p.m. CST


    by JTHM fan

    does this thing have a plot or is it just a bunch of random footage? also didth they cancel the show? And how can it be rated R the only thing would be language so whats the deal? whatever doesnt matter I guess.

  • May 19, 2002, 11:38 p.m. CST

    "I only had a Corona 5 cent deposit..."

    by Cap'n Chaos!

    If anything, Jackass has one of the best themes of any TV show ever. Personally, I think the show is sheer brilliance. At the height of reality TV where people are doing horrible horrible things for money, here comes a group of guys that do horrible things to themselves and each other just for the sheer joy of it. Love it! Yes, the show is cancelled. Knoxville decided that he didn't want to do it anymore, instead going with a film and a few specials for MTV. It's a shame since it's the only good thing on the former music channel, but that's how it goes. I'll be first in line for this movie. When does it open?

  • May 19, 2002, 11:50 p.m. CST

    Are the stunts real or are they staged?

    by Kiyone

    'Cause if they're staged, really, what's the point of the movie? But if they're real, wouldn't most of the budget be for the insurance? Also, is the TV show available in Canada yet?

  • May 20, 2002, 12:13 a.m. CST

    This show was too good for MTV.

    by JefferyLebowski

  • May 20, 2002, 12:16 a.m. CST

    Hence its cancellation.

    by JefferyLebowski

    Jackass was the one program worth watching on a channel known spewing the most mindless garbage in the history of television. Jackass was a rare example of reality tv that was actually entertaining. Take a look at Road Rules or Real World to see just how easily the rest of the network (not to mention reality television) has digressed into awful, mind-numbing, idiots-watching-idiots undrama.

  • May 20, 2002, 1:43 a.m. CST

    Moriarty laughs because he is a jackass!

    by Bari Umenema

    And yes I've seen this stupid shitass show and it's trash. Garbage. A waste of time to watch and a waste of money for MTV to sponsor. Johnny Knoxville is a scumbag. A no talent asshole loser. Why should anybody give him even more money to continue his bullshit shtick? He won't get my money that's for damn sure.

  • May 20, 2002, 1:48 a.m. CST

    What's wrong with frat guys?

    by Ok_Terrific

    Oh well, if you don't like Jackass because its "frat-guy Humor" that appeals to "the lowest common denominator", than pop in your DVD of Ghost World and go away. I personally can't wait for this movie. Has anybody else seen the Steve-o DVD, "Don't try this at home"?

  • May 20, 2002, 2:10 a.m. CST

    Fuck you in your sanctimonious ass!

    by jalora

    Why is it wrong to enjoy real pain? Everybody likes fake pain, and that's a fact. I'm just waiting for death sports to catch on (and you KNOW it's gonna happen someday).

  • May 20, 2002, 2:12 a.m. CST

    Why "Jackass" is no longer with us.

    by Gristle

    Q: When does one stop putting oneself into dangerous and painful situations for the sake of entertainment and private amusement? A: When one has become a millionaire popstar and can do other things to get one's kicks. By the way, the stunts are cool, but my favorite part of "Jackass" is the pranks. Did you see when the carpet cleaner had to clean a blood stain out while a naked Knoxville kept yelling from another room to get rid of the guy?

  • May 20, 2002, 2:19 a.m. CST

    Another Favorite Bit

    by drew mcweeny

    They hooked me with the one where they had someone nude and bound in the trunk of a car who would hop out and "escape" while the driver stopped to ask for directions. Watching the reactions of the poor innocent bystanders was the first time I really lost it laughing. That and the COOL HAND LUKE-inspired eggnog drinking contest. Lord, god...

  • May 20, 2002, 2:29 a.m. CST

    hopefully they will....

    by childsizedhands

    put all the funny pranks, (like one of my personal favorites, when knoxville put a dildo in his pants so it looked like he had an erection, and went to the gym to work out) in the first half of the movie. and then put all the clips involving 'Port-o-Potties,' and flipping them upside down, at the end. that way i can just leave after the first half and still be able to grab a bite after the movie and keep it down.

  • May 20, 2002, 2:42 a.m. CST

    Gumball Rally

    by reni

    Gumball was where it's at. Fucking hilarious. And whilst we're on the comedy theme - where the fuck is Run Ronnie Run?

  • May 20, 2002, 3:32 a.m. CST


    by Louis P.

    I don't like Jackass. I'm usally up for assinine comedy but Jackass just revolts me. South Park, Howard Stern, Kevin Smith- comedy I all love full-heartedly. Then I watch Jackass and think to myself, "How can people watch this stuff?" The quote couldn't be more fitting because it's just do fucking true. Sometimes what you find funny is just unexplainable.

  • May 20, 2002, 6:05 a.m. CST

    fuck Johnny Knoxville... I mean that in a good way.

    by ARZAK

    Me and my girlfiend watch Jackass every time it airs. Back to back episodes up here in Iceland. We are not fratboys. It is a funny funny show. Knoxvilles a sexy guy even when getting a colonic in a Santa suit.

  • May 20, 2002, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Jackass: The Movie...

    by CoolDan989

    God help us.

  • May 20, 2002, 8:43 a.m. CST


    by thegoldencalf

    chris pontius dancing is the funniest thing i have ever seen, and the rest of the guys are just pure genius'. if you don't like it, DON'T FUCKING WATCH IT YOU STUPID SONS OF BITCHES.

  • May 20, 2002, 10:03 p.m. CST


    by Zarles

    Finally got sick of bugging people on the 'Survivor' board and jumped over here, huh? Good god, man, get a shrink.

  • May 20, 2002, 10:20 p.m. CST


    by TomVee

    JACKASS works some of the time. It is obviously a knockoff of that old European TV show that was repackaged as a series of inexpensive videos for the American market several years ago (I own a complete set). Which in turn was a copy of CANDID CAMERA, only with pain and suffering and mucho indignities added. And that show worked only intermittently as well. A movie version of JACKASS? I don't think so, but you never know. What would they do for a plot? I guess Johnny Knoxville could play an incredibly clumsy superhero who keeps getting blown up, sodomized, kicked in the nuts and incinerated. Not to mention held under water and immersed in mud.

  • May 21, 2002, 1:10 a.m. CST

    You guys don't get it.

    by Gristle

    The movie version of "Jackass" won't actually be a movie. It's just a bigger, better version of the show. There might be a theme, like the Gumball Rally episodes, but it will still be just a bunch of idiots with a camera. Oh, and Spike Jonze. I can't wait.

  • May 21, 2002, 3:38 a.m. CST


    by SleepyHello

    You people need to get a life and stop judging others by their OPINION. It's inevitable, though. It's what the talk-back is for, right?

  • May 21, 2002, 6:26 a.m. CST

    conservative old irish gentleman

    by eevyl

    that's what my dad is. he likes it more than i do. anything that reminds me of being a kid is good. although i do think making a movie out of it is pointless.

  • May 21, 2002, 9:15 p.m. CST

    No, heroinsmoker...

    by Zarles

    What's funny is watching people try to post HTML on this chatboard.

  • July 23, 2002, 11:21 a.m. CST

    you are an idiot

    by brandonfan

    you dumb shits dont know anything. jackass is a toned down version of a few of the best movies in existence: CKY LANDSPEED, CKY2K, CKY3, BOOB, CRAP, and NUMBER TWO. there is band named cky all of their friends call themselves the cky crew. they made some great movies. then a guy name johnny knoxville who works for one of the best magazines in the world: BIG BROTHER got together and made some movies then all the guys got offere a buttload of money from mtv to do a show called jackass. then they learned that people get offended by when you make fun of things and say the word gay. so they had to stop doing funny things they all quit the show and are now doing a mtv special and a movie. then bam margera a professional skateboarder and a member of the cky crew is creating a movie called HAGGARD which will be in theatres. there is also a band called cky and they have a record coming september that is gonna take rock music and twist its balls off. so jackass is not a copy it is a preview for somethign alot better. and all you gay intellectuals need to get over yourself jackass is the opposite of maxim men. they just happen to like it. seriously do some fucking research.