Jackass 4 is still ‘possible’ says Johnny Knoxville
It’s been almost two decades since the prank-driven comedy series was first introduced to audiences on MTV and though it’s been eight years since the last main installment in the film franchise, fans have been holding out hope for the return of Jackass. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, franchise star Johnny Knoxville still won’t rule out a return to form.
“It’s possible, for sure,” Knoxville said. “It’s not like we’re saying no. If we did do a new one, we’d have to bring in some new younger guys— just to bring some fresh blood into it. But it’s possible.”
The 47-year-old actor and producer also said that the group has plenty of ideas that they came up with during the shooting of Jackass 3D, which hit theaters in 2010, but didn’t get the chance to shoot. Knoxville says that he still writes down ideas any time he gets the feeling of wanting to return, all of which would still be too many ideas to fit into a Jackass 4.
Knoxville recently re-teamed with fellow Jackass co-star Chris Pontius and distributor Paramount Pictures for the comedy Action Point, which just debuted in theaters to a low $2.3 million in the box office. The film follows D.C., the crackpot owner of a low-rent, out-of-control amusement park where the rides are designed with minimum safety for maximum fun. Just as D.C.’s estranged teenage daughter Boogie comes to visit, a corporate mega-park opens nearby and jeopardizes the future of Action Point. To save his beloved theme park and relationship with his daughter, D.C. and his loony crew of misfits risk everything to pull out all of the stops — and stunts — making for another wild ride.
Similar to the MTV franchise, Action Point featured very real stunts performed by many of the actors themselves, with Knoxville sustaining numerous real injuries during production including multiple concussions, a broken hand and lost teeth. Knoxville says that the very-real danger he and his friends put themselves through for Jackass and Action Point is one of the obstacles to bringing the gang back together, with his mother’s passing last November opening his eyes to the risks, and that some of his friends (who he left unnamed) are done with the real stunts. Plus Knoxville revealed the studio behind the movies, Paramount, is reluctant to see him continue to do the stunts, even asking him to not do as many on Action Point.
All of that said, he won’t fully rule out a Jackass 4, saying: “I’m not saying never…Never say never.”
Johnny Knoxville can next be seen in the upcoming thriller Above Suspicion starring alongside Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) and Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), which is set to hit theaters sometime later this year.