After over a decade faraway from the infamous stunt franchise, Jackass is returning this fall with a fourth movie. Co-creator Johnny Knoxville is back, having crafted a brand new set of pranks with Jeff Tremaine, Spike Jonze, Steve-O, and Derek Freda, along side starring in Jackass 4, but it’ll apparently be the last movie within the long-running series.
Jackass began as an MTV television series that premiered in 2000 and has since expanded into a full-blown movie franchise, along side inspiring more cringe comedies like Bad Grandpa and Netflix’s recent release Bad Trip with Eric Andre and Lil Rel. Johnny Knoxville recently explained why Jackass 4 is his last:
You can only take so many chances before something irreversible happens. I feel like I’ve been extremely lucky to take the chances I’ve taken and still be walking around.
Of course, he’s talking about his own body because the Jackass mastermind recently ringed in his 50th birthday. He stands pleased with the raw stunt material that has shocked fans of the franchise over the years, but he’s capping his limit at four movies, believing that his luck may run out if he pushes his body too far.
Johnny Knoxville spoke about the choice to GQ Magazine, while teasing why he decided to revive the franchise about ten years after the discharge of Jackass 3D. He amassed around 40 to 50 ideas over the years between the third movie and therefore the filming of Jackass 4. The upcoming movie recently wrapped shooting and is predicted to return out later this year.
Over the years, the Jackass movies have left its cast to be electrocuted, chased by animals… and, of course, participating in nut shots, all for the audience’s laughs or gross-out reactions. And behind-the-scenes, Jackass 4 has recently skilled some drama regarding Bam Margera, who went on a rant laced with f-bombs about the project early this year.
The stunt performer was fired from the project due to breaking contracts associated with his sobriety. Bam Margera visited the hospital for a staph infection for a tattoo gone wrong.
Jackass’ Steve-O has teased a stunt involving paralysis within the fourth film, recently saying that he may have talked a doctor into “dressing up as a clown” and putting a four-inch needle into his spine to paralyze him from the waist down. Time will tell how Jackass leaves its stars and apparently ends the franchise when the fourth movie comes out.
Jackass 4 is anticipated to star Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Jason “Wee Man” Acuña, Preston Lacy, Chris Pontius, Ehren McGhehey, Dave England, Jasper Dolphin, and Eric Andre.