Compiled by: Jack Foley
Q. Just a quick word on what you particularly liked about
your own characters?
A: My character was a womanising drunk, so it was fun
to play! Actually the movie was fun, period, just from doing all
the bar fight sequences and the driving.
We trained with a guy named Bobby Orr, who’s the number
one stunt driver in the world. He taught us how to 180° turns,
90° drifts and it’s good because you can use that in
your personal life!
I have an old ’70 El Dorado Cadillac. It’s in the
shop right now because I tried to do those 180° spins back
home and it didn’t work out so good… or good, depending
on perspective. But enough about me...
Q. How did you feel about taking on such well established
A: We didn’t try to stick too tightly to the characters,
we just wanted to make them new and fun.
Q. You said you had to play a womanising drunk, so what
preparation did you do?
Jay [director]: Lots of squats and lunges for you…
Knoxville: Yeah, squats, lunges, side straddle
hops, running in place… no, I pretty much phoned this one
in! [Audience laughter]
Q: You play two really outrageous, daredevil guys. In
real life, what was the thing you did that maybe you thought afterwards,
'Dear God! How stupid was that?!'
Scott: We don’t have enough time for Johnny’s
My (whole) career! My so-called career! Seann, do you want to
jump in because there’s a host of things I just shake my
Scott: I’d rather hear your answer.
Knoxville: Errrrrr… pretty much anything
we did on the show, on ‘Jackass’. There were a few
times after reviewing footage when I was like, “Wow! I really
just escaped that one!”
We did one thing that no one saw because, I don’t know…
they put me in a cardboard box the size of a television, gave
me a pillow first, taped it up and then kicked me down a flight
of concrete stairs. And halfway down the box just takes off and
I slam right on my back. I got lucky because if I’d have
slammed on my neck, Ashton Kutcher would be sitting here! (Uproarious
laughter) And nobody wants that!
Q: And you, Seann?
Scott: I got nothing to compare to that, I’m sorry.
Q. Were you disappointed that Seann got to do all the
A: In the script, Seann is in love with the car and they
had me in love with girls, so I’m very happy with the way
it turned out.
Jay: But you rode the safe! There’s a scene
where he rides a safe and he actually got on it and we dragged
him down the street.
Knoxville: We did.
Q. Do you have any good stories about working with Burt
A: He tells the best Hollywood stories; you can’t
really repeat them though because of the people involved but he
tells the best stories. We’d sit there like a little kid
and as he’s telling the stories he starts off a little quiet
and then as he’s telling the story he leans back and gets
quieter so you’re nearly falling off the edge of your seat.
But enough of that.
Q. Would you all rather raise your kids in LA or in Hazzard
A: Well, I’m the only one that has kids, unless
you’re about to get a phone call Seann… I never thought
I was going to raise a kid in Los Angeles. Then my girlfriend
at the time got pregnant and the next thing you know I’m
raising a kid in LA.
Q. Is it true that you had to take a lie detector test
on The Howard Stern Show to prove you and Jessica weren’t
having an affair?
A: Yeah and passed. It was one of those things that it
was such a good idea that I couldn’t afford not to do it.
Howard has been very good to the show, Jackass, and he’s
very good to Steve-O and I always have a ball when I go on there.
Usually ‘cos I just kind of play through. You got to go
on at six in the morning so there’s no point in going to
Q: This movie has some great pursuits, beautiful women
and nice cars. It must have been a dream for you?
A: It wasn’t too bad. We shot in Baton Rouge and
had a ball. They have good bars in Baton Rouge for anyone who’s
wondering about visiting.
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