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Paramount Taps ‘Jackass’ Impresario Johnny Knoxville To First Look Deal

Mike Fleming

knoxBREAKING: Paramount Pictures has signed Johnny Knoxville and his Hello Junior banner to an exclusive 2-year first-look deal. This comes after Deadline revealed that he was brought in to voice Leonardo in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and it follows a long string of hits with the studio including the Jackass films and Bad Grandpa. Those Jackass films have earned $336 million globally, and Bad Grandpa did just over $150 million worldwide.

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zWith the possible exception of Jackie Chan (who does all his own stunts), no actor has sacrificed his body and absorbed more onscreen punishment than Knoxville did in those Jackass films.  Chan never took a paintball shot or numerous other projectile objects to the nutsack, which I recall seeing Knoxville do so often, in the name of comedy. Or been upended by a raging, charging bull, or been knocked unconscious by the over-sized jnboxer known as Butterbean in a clothing store. I could go on, but I think I’ve made the point that no one can begrudge Knoxville this good fortune as he limps into his new office on the Par lot. Let’s hope the deal includes medical.

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Hot Redband Trailer: Johnny Knoxville In ‘Bad Grandpa’

By | Monday October 21, 2013 @ 7:00pm PDT

Here’s a redband peek at Paramount‘s Bad Grandpa that gives a better sense of the R-rated shenanigans Johnny Knoxville perpetrates on unwitting Americans in his October 25 Jackass spin-off. Jeff Tremaine directs the Borat-esque road trip comedy with Fun Size‘s Jackson Nicoll as Knoxville’s pint-sized prankster-in-arms:

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Hot Trailer: ‘Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa’

Jackass jackanape Johnny Knoxville returns to shock doc comedy in Paramount‘s Bad Grandpa, pranking real life strangers in character as his recurring Jackass character Irving Zisman. The Borat-style faux setup has Zisman shepherding his 8-year-old grandson (Fun Size‘s Jackson Nicoll) on a cross-country road trip, awkwardly offending and surprising male strippers, bikers, funeral mourners, and child beauty queens and stage moms. The studio slotted Bad Grandpa into the October 25 slot vacated by Paranormal Activity 5, which moved to a January 2014 debut earlier this month. Here’s the first trailer:

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