Grosser, gross-out pranks for "Jackass 3D"

Wed Oct 13, 2010 5:25pm EDT
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By Iain Blair

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Forget "Avatar". You haven't really experienced the full glories of 3D until you've seen "Jackass 3D," the latest movie from ringleader Johnny Knoxville and his crew of stunt-crazy masochists.

Released in U.S. theaters on Friday, "Jackass 3D" once again challenges the boundaries of good taste with another series of pranks and gross-out stunts, including an overflowing Porta-Potty doing a bungee-drop with a captive Steve-O strapped to the seat.

It's a weird and wonderful twist of fate in Hollywood when the low-budget "Jackass" operation manages to go 3D before a blockbuster franchise like "Harry Potter," whose producers last week said they couldn't make a deadline to convert upcoming "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows; Part 1" into 3D.

"And we didn't do a conversion -- we shot it all in real 3D," said "Jackass" co-creator and star Knoxville, "although we resisted at first. But the studio wanted it 3D. The only difference for us was that all the writing had to be funny in 2D first."

"And 3D can write jokes," director Jeff Tremaine, told reporters in a news conference with the pranksters. "We did stuff we probably wouldn't have done in just 2D."

It doesn't take much encouragement for the "Jackass" crew to attempt potentially dangerous don't-try-this-at-home stunts.

Yet Knoxville and cast regulars Bam Margera, Ryan Dunn, Steve-O, Jason "Wee Man" Acuna, Chris Pontius, Preston Lacy, Dave England and Ehren McGhehey all look remarkably healthy, despite a history of broken bones and severe bruises suffered in the service of the "Jackass" franchise.


<p>Steve-O (L) of the MTV show "Jack Ass" shows off his tattooed back as an unidentified guest (R) looks on at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards in New York August 31, 2006. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>