“Jackass 3D” hit theaters on Friday and made about $50 million displaying idiotic men getting knocked in the groins and shot at by their friends.
Entertainment Weekly decided to interview the mother of the Jackass ring leader, Johnny Knoxville, to find out if he exhibited signs as a child of his future career as a professional Taser victim.
“I had raised two daughters, and PJ came 11 years later. He was completely different, but I thought it was because he was a boy and all boys acted like that. At 9 months old, he could climb up on his playpen and throw himself out on the floor. Luckily, we had carpet back then. But he never cried, even when he would get hurt.
When he was 2, he tried to put the cat in the washing machine. I happened to catch him doing it, and he said, ‘He’s duwty.’ He couldn’t pronounce his r’s…. When he was 14, playing baseball on a travel team, his teammates told me he was diving out the second-story window into the pool. That should’ve been a warning, shouldn’t it? But he’s got a heart of gold. He’s a sweetheart. I never heard him say a bad word till I saw it on TV. He never, ever sassed. I’d tell him when to come home, and it was ‘Yes, ma’am.’ He came home when he pleased sometimes, but it was always ‘Yes, ma’am….’
“Does he pull pranks on me? I’ll read you the birthday card I got yesterday with flowers. I have back problems, and any time he sends flowers, I ask the girl if she’d mind carrying the flowers in the house for me. I was looking at the flowers, thinking how pretty they were, and I noticed she was giving me a strange look. Here’s the card: ‘Dear Mom, Ever since you got out of prison, you have been a different person. I hope the judge takes that into consideration at your next trial. We love you very much.’ I get these a lot, and it always has something to do with my prison record or drug rehab. The reality is, I don’t drink and I’ve had one speeding ticket — and they dismissed it! But as far as pranks, it’s just the cards and things. I laugh. I just know that’s him. And I wouldn’t change a hair on his head.”
My husband’s brother was the daredevil in their family. Michael would find him playing with sharp objects, fireworks, matches, chemicals, basically anything he shouldn’t have.
Michael remembers one time walking home from school and finding his brother about 20 feet up a pine tree and his first-grade friends circling the bottom of the tree. The game: shake the kid out of the pine tree. His brother wasn’t being bullied. He was more than willing to be at the top of that tree.
Walsh is my little daredevil. I’m waiting for his head to get knocked off by his ceiling fan when jumps from the bunk bed. For some reason, my little genius fails to grasp that the rotating blade is right next to his head.
I watched him at the playground last night jumping from high equipment. I’m waiting for him to break an ankle bone. Then he joined some other kids sliding down concrete handrails on a staircase. I can accept him doing it on his bottom but I just knew he was going to try it standing sooner or later. I caught him posed to make the descent standing, and I yelled from across the playground “down” and he went immediately down. He knew he was busted.
Tell us the best (and scariest) stunts your little daredevil has pulled? Is there one child in particular you have to watch? Do you think there’s a future career in it?Is it always the boys or do girls pull stunts too? Are your teens or college students trying “Jackass” style stunts or pranks?