You can’t keep this sort of insane, troubling, hilarious, cringe-inducing footage locked away in an editing suite. If you create a literal crotch rocket that shoots a fiery projectile from one man’s groin to another man’s buttocks, that footage must see the light of day.
Johnny Knoxville and his stunt-crazed pals understand these basic facts. That’s why they’re unleashing “Jackass 3.5,” a follow-up to last year’s $170 million-grossing 3-D flick. But instead of releasing the footage on DVD — as they did for “Jackass 2.5,” the extension of their 2006 theatrical release — Jackass and Paramount have teamed up with Joost to premiere the new flick online in a series of episodes starting on April 1. New installments will appear online weekly. Only later on will the full footage will land on DVD.
Directed by Jeff Tremaine, “Jackass 3.5” contains 85 minutes of fresh content from the likes of Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Wee Man, Dave England and “Danger Ehren” McGhehey. The new trailer, set initially to the angelic sounds of Johann Strauss’ “Blue Danube” before giving way to the familiar “Jackass” theme, features ski jumps and skateboard crashes, bouncing balls and airplanes, and, um, a snapping turtle.
“There’s a reason why I turned that down for so many years,” Steve-O declares after unhooking the turtle from his backside and limping away while his buddies erupt with laughter.
OK, it’s time for you, too, to erupt with laughter. Hit play for the “Jackass 3.5” trailer debut.