Jack­ass’s hero wor­ship

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star of Jack­ass, Johnny Knoxville, goes into bat­tle with Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger in The Last Stand.

‘‘He’s really gre­gar­i­ous,’’ Knoxville says of Sch­warzeneg­ger, who re­turns to act­ing af­ter serv­ing as gov­er­nor of Cal­i­for­nia. ‘‘His en­thu­si­asm spread around the set. He was so down-to-earth that it helped take away (the sur­re­al­ism) of act­ing be­side him,’’ the 41-year-old fa­ther of three says.

Knoxville plays Lewis Dinkum, who owns an ar­tillery mu­seum and has al­ways looked up to Sher­iff Ray Owens (Sch­warzeneg­ger). When mem­bers of a drug car­tel hit town, it’s up to the sher­iff and Lewis to bat­tle them be­fore the bad guys can reach the Mex­i­can bor­der and hide from US of­fi­cials.

‘‘I ac­tu­ally have scenes where I shoot out the bad guys with Sch­warzeneg­ger. How cool is that?’’ Knoxville, nee Philip John Clapp, says.

‘‘I thought, ‘Here I am, about to shoot it out with Sch­warzeneg­ger’. It was un­real. I mean, I re­mem­ber go­ing to the movies back in Knoxville (in Ten­nessee) as a kid and see­ing his early work and now I am work­ing with him. Wow.’’

South Korean di­rec­tor Jee-woon Kim ( The Good, The Bad and The Weird), who helmed The Last Stand, speaks lit­tle English, so trans­la­tors were used on set. ‘‘He shoots ac­tion really well and he’s from a the­atre back­ground,’’ Knoxville says of Kim. ‘‘He’s very hands-on with ev­ery­thing. He knows what he’s do­ing.’’

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Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger and Johnny Knoxville in a scene from

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