The “Jackass” franchise gets everything right, but if there’s one thing they excel at, it’s their celebrity appearances. The crew knows how to deliver a punch with the appearances they choose, and as a result, those appearances further enhance the appeal of their already interesting initiatives. Legendary actor Brad Pitt’s two appearances in the popular stunt-and-smash series are among the best examples of this; of course it is, given Pitt’s peculiar sense of comedy.
Johnny Knoxville, team captain, host, and star of “Jackass,” revealed during an appearance on “Hot Ones” in 2018 that they pulled off a stunt with the “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” star and that the actor was more than willing to get wild with the crew.
Is it true that you had to talk Brad Pitt down from his ledge when he wanted to play a joke on you guys that was just a little bit bigger? Knoxville was questioned by “Hot Ones” host Sean Evans since 2015. The stunt person disclosed:
“[Pitt] showed up ready. We had him in two bits; One, we kidnapped him in front of Pink’s Hot Dogs, which went really well, and the first time we had him for one night. We were doing these go-karts, bombing the hill on Vine. And we were all like, oh, we really don’t want him to get hurt, because he’s Brad Pitt and he’s… But he did not care, he was ready to do it. He was the first one in the middle of the street, we’re like, ‘No, no, no, no! Don’t do that!’ But he didn’t care.”
The Most Underrated Team-Up Ever?
I’m going to give you the narrative, nay, legend, of how Brad Pitt ended up being involved in the “Jackass” beautiful disaster in the first place so you can take this campfire yarn with you and amaze your buddies. I can assure you that this particular celebrity trivia really rules.
Imagine it: The original TV series “Jackass,” of course, was a huge hit in the early years of 2002. When the third season of the show was about to end, Knoxville and Pitt met at the home of “Jackass” executive producer (and later, prolific filmmaker) Spike Jonze.
In September 2006, Knoxville told MTV News that “he was stating he really wants to do something with us.” “The most recent episode was being filmed. We didn’t really have any ideas at the time; all we knew was that he wanted to be on the show.”
Then, in the show’s final episode, Knoxville and his friends created “The Abduction,” a one-minute skit in which Pitt is, you guessed it, kidnapped by men wearing ski masks while standing in line at Pink’s Hot Dogs in Hollywood. While onlookers watched and some even attempted to assist unsuccessfully, the men loaded a stunned Pitt into a van and drove off.
Additionally, Pitt got a chance to practise being a jackass in a second sketch when he and the boys rode in shopping carts while dressed as monkeys and rammed into curbs, shrubs, and everything else in their way. Talk about the perfect chaos-filled way to end the perfect chaos-filled series.