Examiner.com was on the scene at a special screening of Paramount Pictures and MTV Films’ "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" on Oct. 22. From the film: Johnny Knoxville, Jackson Nicoll, filmmakers Spike Jonze & Jeff Tremaine and MTV President Van Toffler . "Bad Grandpa" hits theaters tomorrow Oct. 25.
Film Synopsis: "86 year-old Irving Zisman is on a journey across America with the most unlikely companion, his 8 year-old Grandson Billy in "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa.” This October, the signature Jackass character Irving Zisman (Johnny Knoxville) and Billy (Jackson Nicoll) will take movie audiences along for the most insane hidden camera road trip ever captured on film."
Check out our red carpet interviews below:
What was it like working with Johnny?
I had the time of life working with him. He is awesome, a smart-aleck, I’m not saying he’s the only one, but that’s about it.
What did you guys do off-camera?
Very bad things. We did tidal waves, double high-fives where we would punch you underneath.
How’d you get the role?
Me and Johnny did a movie called "Fun Sized" and as soon as I saw him, I said, “What’s up Jackass?” And as soon as I saw him, I started punching him, insulting him and calling him names and he thought that was good...But he went back to his office and they were thinking about "Bad Grandpa" for about eight or nine years. The audition was that I had to pee my pants in public. Next to two guys. At a picnic.
And you weren’t afraid to do it?
A lot of kids freeze up when they’re going to prank adults, but I don’t. I liked the beauty pageant scene the best.
Where did the inspiration come from?
This guy was born 13 years ago on the "Jackass" TV show.
What were the challenges of making the film?
This movie had a lot of production challenges that most movies don’t. One, you’re star has to go through three and a half hours of make up so he’s not recognizable, so it’s hard to market. Two, we had a little boy on set that comes with a lot of restrictions on the hours he can work and what you can do with him. Three, we had all hidden cameras - we could not have any cameras out in this movie. Four, we’re shooting with strangers that don’t know they’re in a movie, and we have to one, get the right reactions and two, after we get those great reactions, get the people to be cool with it. So a lot of production obstacles in the movie.
Did you avoid anything because Jackson’s 8 years old?
We didn’t want to put him in harm’s way ever and most of the stuff that’s inappropriate is spoken in innuendo and so he doesn’t get a lot of it...we wanted it to be raunchy enough, but not to the point where we wouldn’t do it in front of our own kids. We were conscious of him. So we were looking out for him.
What was the general atmosphere behind set?
Chaos. There is always chaos like that. It’s the same crew that does "Jackass" so the same crew members were f*cking with each other, so it was fun.
What pranks were happening behind camera?
With this, it's constantly nut shots and there weren’t any real elaborate pranks, just a little boy humor.
What is something you would never do in real life?
Something I would never do in real life? I don’t know...stay sober the night?
Is there a limit as to what you would do?
Well murder is probably off...Unless you’re talking about a bottle of booze, then I might do that. Yeah no I don’t know.
What was your favorite part about being Irving?
I can prank the public again. I can’t prank the public as myself anymore. So with Irving, I can do that again. And plus, being an old person, you can get away with so much.
Who gets on your nerves the most, Jeff or your wife?
Jeff, my wife doesn’t get on my nerves, Jeff does.
Additional celebrity guests at the premiere at Landmark Sunshine included Bam Margera, DJ’s AndrewAndrew, Santigold, Beastie Boys’ Adam Horovitz & Mike Diamond, Jaimie Alexander, New SNL cast member John Milhiser, Michael Zegen, musicians Matt Johnson & Kim Schifino, Terry Richardson, Jeffrey Ross, Hannibal Buress, Meki Saldana, DJ Matt Creed, David Call, Henry Joost & Rel Schulman, filmmaker Benny Safdie, Josh Pais, Heather Matarazzo, Holly Kiser, Rosalind Lispett, Amanda Faical, Adam Leon, Justin Davis, and Eric West all walked the red carpet.
We also spoke with Jaime Alexander on the red carpet.
Can you tell me anything about "Thor"?
You’ll be able to see a lot more of Asgard and we explore everyone’s personalities and their lives. There’s epic battle sequences but you really get to see how each of the Asgardians love each other and that they are willing to risk to save one another.
Did you pull any pranks when you were little or still do?
I often tried to get Johnny a few times. So if he was drinking something I would try to shake it up to get it to explode on him. I threw a football at his face once but that’s not really a prank I guess. But he’s the prankster out of everyone, at least on our set on "The Last Stand." In Thor, we just pull each other’s pigtails kind of thing. I don’t even know if I pranked anybody. I have to think about that. I could, but I don’t want it to come back ten-fold so.
Following the screening guests made their way over to Sons of Essex where they sipped on Red Bull and Stella and snacked on truffle mac n’ cheese and ribs while dancing to music by DJ Jonny.
Catherina Gioino contributed reporting.