movies: Johnny Knoxville’s Bad Grandpa.......................

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JOHNNY Knoxville (pic­tured) thinks per­suad­ing peo­ple to be in a prank movie is an ‘‘art’’. The dare­devil’s new com­edy Jack­ass Presents: Bad Grandpa plays on the re­ac­tions of peo­ple who don’t re­alise they’re be­ing filmed but to show the un­sus­pect­ing strangers’ re­ac­tions, the film­mak­ers need per­mis­sion – which isn’t al­ways easy to get. ‘‘We al­ways have to get their (signed) re­leases af­ter it. That’s an art!’’ Knoxville says. ‘‘I go and then these peo­ple go in. You don’t want to be too pa­tro­n­is­ing. If they’re an­gry and then they sense that you’re pa­tro­n­is­ing to them . . . You gotta kind of read them and see what mood they’re in – if they’re in shock or an­gry or happy, you have to read them. Worst case sce­nario, if they’re too an­gry and don’t wanna sign, then we give them some time and throw some money at it if it’s a one of a kind re­ac­tion.’’ One out­ra­geous scene in the film fea­tures Knoxville pre­tend­ing to have sex with a vend­ing ma­chine. It was such a crazy idea that he didn’t ex­pect any­one to be­lieve what they were see­ing. ‘‘We had the pros­thetic pe­nis and the vend­ing ma­chine and the gas sta­tion, it was so out­ra­geous you think no one’s gonna buy it, but ev­ery­one bought it!’’ he says, laugh­ing. While many of the scenes filmed were funny, Knoxville says they couldn’t use them all. In­stead, there will be a spin-off DVD fea­tur­ing the best out-takes.

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