Jackass’s hero worship
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.’’
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Johnny Knoxville in a scene from