Paramount Pictures and MTV Films Present a Dickhouse production in association with Lynch Siderow Productions, “jackass number two.” Directed by Jeff Tremaine, the film is produced by Jeff Tremaine, Spike Jonze, and Johnny Knoxville. Executive producers are Derek Freda, Trip Taylor, David Gale, and Van Toffler.
At the age of 18, JOHNNY KNOXVILLE moved his hillbilly ass out to California from his native Tennessee to pursue a career in acting. He supported himself by appearing in commercials and freelance writing jobs for such magazines as Blunt, Bikini, and Big Brother. In 1998, Knoxville teamed up with Jeff Tremaine of Big Brother, and the two went on to create and produce the cultural blight forever known as “jackass.”
From the notoriety and success of the MTV series “jackass” and feature film of the same name, Knoxville finally graduated to a series of big screen roles. He recently starred as Luke Duke in “The Dukes of Hazzard” and appeared in “Daltry Calhoun,” “Lords of Dogtown,” and “The Ringer.” Prior to that, he starred in John Waters’ ensemble comedy, “A Dirty Shame” opposite Tracey Ullman, Chris Isaak, and Selma Blair, and in the action film “Walking Tall.” Knoxville’s upcoming films include “Killshot,” based on the Elmore Leonard novel.
Despite becoming a big-time Hollywood movie star, Knoxville never lost his taste for the ridiculous and frequently tagged along with Chris Pontius and Steve-O on the MTV show “Wildboyz,” as they traveled to the furthest stretches of the globe to make merry and act ugly. Ultimately, the reckless enthusiasm displayed by Knoxville on one such “Wildboyz” excursion to Russia was the catalyst for making a sequel to the first “jackass” film.
BAM MARGERA first broke onto the national scene as a 13-year-old pro- skateboarder known for his creative street-style and wild antics. As a teenager he created the CKY video series, which featured skating, pranks, and stunts, all filmed in his hometown of West Chester, Pennsylvania. The combination of Bam’s unique on-screen personality and the tremendous grassroots success of the CKY video series helped cement the popularity for the MTV show “jackass” and subsequent film.
Spring-boarding off his exponential fame, Bam created, produced, directed and starred in the MTV show “Viva La Bam,” featuring all his family and friends, which ran for five seasons.
In addition to Bam’s television and film projects, he continues to be heavily involved in the music industry through his work directing music videos, his show “Radio Bam” on Sirius Satellite Radio, and his “Viva La Bands” CD/DVD series and tour. Bam also co-owns the music label Casual Madness with music mogul and network talk show host Carson Daly.
In the animated world, Bam is the main character in Activision’s “Tony Hawk’s Underground” video game series, which is the best selling sports video game of all time -- and yeah, that’s a lot of games.
How did STEVE-O, a.k.a. Stephen Glover, come to be one of the most controversial artists of his time? Ask him and he’ll tell you: “I stole a video camera from my father when I was 15 years old.” Following this theft, Steve-O self-produced videos of skateboarding featuring an array of comical and dangerous behavior.
After graduating from high school in England, a year at University of Miami taught Steve-O that he wasn’t cut out for college life and he soon dropped out to try making it as a stuntman. Despite assembling volumes of stunt footage on his own, a career didn’t seem to be materializing anytime soon, so he decided to enroll in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College to bring a sense of legitimacy to his idiotic home video footage.
Steve-O picked up jobs as a performer both in the circus and on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines following his graduation from Clown College, but he was determined to build a career in television and film. He sent his self- produced videos to anyone he thought might watch them, and when one of these tapes found its way into the hands of Jeff Tremaine, a light began to flicker at the end of the tunnel. With an inch of opportunity finally at his hands, Steve-O wrote himself a mile of work to do for “jackass” and secured a top spot on the cast after successfully regurgitating a live goldfish.
Whenever MTV rejected his more dangerous ideas for “jackass” and “jackass the movie,” Steve-O slated them for production on his own “Too Hot For TV” video series or performed them live on-stage during his “Don’t Try This At Home Tour.” Promoting these ventures, as well as co-starring in the MTV show “Wildboyz,” led to numerous appearances on the talk show circuit, including Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, and Howard Stern.
Steve-O is currently involved with a new USA show, “Camp Steve-O,” where he will attempt to toughen up “wimps, nerds, and couch potatoes” across the nation via a boot camp approach.
CHRIS PONTIUS is best known for his role in MTV’s “jackass,” playing the role of himself -- and playing with himself, for that matter -- with a revolving host of alter egos to call upon at any given moment, such as Party Boy, Chief Roberts, Bunny the Lifeguard, and Garbage Man.
A modern day romantic barbarian at heart, Pontius wandered the world back in the early ‘90s with only a guitar, skateboard, and backpack in tow, the spirited and dirty tales from which he’d often document in a little spiral-bound notebook. These ridiculous accounts often found there way into the subversive pages of Big Brother magazine -- a suitably absurd home for his sexy lore -- which provided him with a random paycheck to fund an endless couch tour for many years.
It wasn’t until a decade later he somewhat grounded himself in Los Angeles, the haphazard result of a wholly accidental Hollywood career. Chris still finds very little time to spend in one place, but true to form he still travels with just a backpack to his name -- the only difference being that it now contains a much more extensive and exotic array of male undergarments than ever before.
Following his role in “jackass the movie,” Chris starred in MTV’s “Wildboyz,” an action/adventure show where he and Steve-O traveled afar to exotic lands of wonder, mystery, and intrigue to engage in close cultural encounters with a diversity of dangerous wildlife and native peoples. Other credits for Chris include “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.” On his first day of high school, RYAN DUNN met Bam Margera, and the two soon became best of friends. Together they formed the “Camp Kill Yourself” crew with Brandon Dicamillo, and started making random videos featuring skateboarding and stunts and other nonsense.
The CKY videos gained local popularity on the skateboard scene, and Dunn became an underground hero as the video soon made its way across the country. But where the popularity was rampant, the money was not. Dunn was working as a welder and at gas stations in 2000, when Jeff Tremaine and Johnny Knoxville invited the crew to participate in the “jackass” television series.
The success of “jackass” and various other CKY projects has allowed Dunn to become even more unconventional in everyday life -- an example being the habit of getting random tattoos on a whim. One remarkable addition was on May 10, 2005, when Dunn walked into a tattoo shop and got “5/10/05 Unbelievable!” tattooed on his foot. The significance? He had an unbelievably good beer that day.
Most recently, Ryan Dunn starred in the MTV series “Homewrecker.” Prior to that, he starred in the direct-to-DVD film “Haggard,” and the MTV series “Viva La Bam.” Dunn’s upcoming film roles include “Street Dreams,” based on a story by professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek.
Despite his diminutive 4’ 7” status, WEE MAN managed to attain the status of a professional skateboarder with a variety of sponsors after spending the better part of his wee life pushing a board around the South Bay of Los Angeles.
A little person for all ridiculous occasions, Wee Man has the luxury of ideas being specifically written for him that are tailored to his size and talents. He is also one of the few people on the face of the earth who can honestly say that they have gone to Disneyland with the band Slayer.
Following his appearances on “jackass” and “jackass the movie,” Wee Man collaborated on a home video project entitled “American Misfits,” survived several tours of duty on the various Steve-O Spring Break stageshows, briefly hosted “54321” on the Fox Television Network, and appeared alongside Snoop Dogg in a T-Mobile commercial campaign.
Wee Man’s other credits include “National Lampoon’s TV: The Movie,” “Pee Stains and Other Disasters,” “Grind,” and “Death to the Supermodels.” PRESTON LACY, a former trucker, made his start as a regular sketch/comedy performer on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno. He also appeared in over 25 national TV commercials, a circuit on which he eventually crossed paths with Johnny Knoxville. With the advent of “jackass,” it was inevitable that Preston would come calling on his friend at some point or another, and he soon began appearing at the office with the frequency and urgency of a puppy dog that has to pee every ten minutes. Capitalizing upon his naturally poor “anger management” skills, Preston has time and time again pulled his weight as an upstanding member of the top tier “jackass” cast.
In early 2006, Preston starred in the film “Pledge This” opposite Paris Hilton. Recently, he executive produced, co-wrote, and starred in “National Lampoon’s TV: the Movie.”
Preston’s other credits include, “Mad TV,” “The Andy Dick Show,” “E.R.,” “NYPD Blue,” “That’s My Bush,” and “Grind.”
At the tail end of his professional snowboarding career, DAVE ENGLAND underwent a routine double hernia operation in 1997 due to complications stemming from a snowboarding accident that landed him on top of a rock, on his back. Following the surgery, England emerged from anesthesia to have the doctor inform him that the procedure was an overall success, aside from a silly little matter pertaining to his testicles: He now has only one. The doc also told him he’d never have kids as a result, but he now has two to support, so go figure.
For the time being, England is content to rock the sack solo, but has looked into the feasibility of inserting a plastic pal to balance out the awkward situation going on in his drawers. He did submit the idea of filming the implantation of a small molded G.I. Joe-like head into his scrotum for “jackass number two,” but it somehow slipped through the cracks during production. Thanks to his role in “jackass the movie,” Dave became known as the go- to-guy for anything and everything poo-related -- a stereotype not likely to be shaken anytime soon following his latest performances in “jackass number two.”
Despite all appearances, Dave’s creative talents really aren’t limited to his fundament and he routinely takes on any number of odd freelance jobs as an all- purpose filmer, writer, photographer, editor, and stop-motion animator.
Once upon a time EHREN MCGHEHEY was just a sweet, pink kid with a healthy God-fearing streak, but he has since proven himself to be one foul- mouthed son of a bitch, which calls into question exactly where his allegiance lies these days.
On the MTV show “jackass” and “jackass the movie,” Ehren routinely performed under the alias of “Danger Ehren,” but due to the goofy costuming involved with the character he ultimately emerged as the most unrecognizable face from the primary cast. So it’s probably a good thing that Ehren literally lost this costume following the first film, because he now just may have a chance at people remembering who he is after this sequel.
Soon after his big screen debut, Ehren aptly portrayed a milk chicken in the skateboard schlock film “Grind” and picked up a few guest spots on Fuel TV network. He has since returned to his hometown of McMinnville, Oregon, where he owns and operates Valley Snow Skate and Surf, a board shop out in the middle of nowhere with no surf to be seen.
JEFF TREMAINE (director/producer) is just another Cinderella story. In 1992, he was hired as the art/editorial director on a new and struggling skateboard magazine called Big Brother. In time, his leadership and creativity took Big Brother to new and exciting levels of distribution and notoriety. During his tenure at the magazine, Tremaine met and became involved with several of the individuals who are associated with “jackass” today, most notably freelance writer/stunt dummy Johnny Knoxville. Through their collaborations on the Big Brother video series, Tremaine and Knoxville thought it would be funny to make a run at the television industry with their absurd ideas, so they enlisted the aid of longtime friend Spike Jonze. After a year-and-a-half of producing the “jackass” television series for MTV, the trio once again returned to the network’s executive offices, this time pitching an idea for a major motion picture based on expanding the already ridiculous “jackass” concept. Nobody expected the joke would actually make it that far, but then along came “jackass the movie.”
Since 2002, Tremaine has served as executive producer, co-creator, and director of MTV’s “Wildboyz,” executive producer on the new MTV show “Rob and Big Black,” and director on a few random commercials and music videos, including Turbonegro and The Sahara Hot Nights.
SPIKE JONZE (producer) has directed music videos, commercials and short films, and is an accomplished photographer. “Being John Malkovich” was Jonze’s feature debut. After that success, he reunited with “Being John Malkovich” screenwriter Charlie Kaufman to produce “Human Nature,” which Michel Gondry directed. Most recently, Jonze directed “Adaptation,” co-written by Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman. He is currently set to direct “Where the Wild Things Are,” due in theaters in 2008.
Of Spike Jonze, Johnny Knoxville says, “There’s a lot of sabotage that goes on among the ‘jackass’ cast and crew, the ‘Spy vs. Spy’ type humor. If anything ever happens to Spike he’s fine with it. But whatever you do to him, he’s going to get you back three times as worse. Just count on it.”
DAVID GALE (executive producer) served as Executive Vice President of MTV Films, overseeing the activities of MTV’s feature film division, from its inception in 1995 until August 2006. During his tenure, MTV Films established itself as a groundbreaking movie label with a slate of diverse and successful films that grossed more than a billion dollars in box office. Under Gale’s creative leadership and in partnership with Paramount Pictures, MTV Films released 24 films, including “jackass the movie,” “Save The Last Dance,” the Spike Lee directed comedy concert film “The Original Kings of Comedy,” “Beavis and Butt-Head Do America,” “Varsity Blues” and the recent box office hits “The Longest Yard” with Adam Sandler & Nelly and “Coach Carter,” starring Samuel L. Jackson. In 2003, the division made its first independent film acquisition with Justin Lin’s “Better Luck Tomorrow,” and in 2004 it released the indie smash “Napoleon Dynamite,” which became a cultural phenomenon and earned three Independent Spirit Award nominations.
In addition to box office success, MTV Films has enjoyed large critical acclaim with films such as “Election” (Academy Award®-nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay), “Tupac: Resurrection” (Academy Award® nominated for Best Documentary), “Murderball” (Academy Award®-nominated for Best Documentary), and “Hustle & Flow” (Academy Award® nominated for Lead Actor and winner of the 2006 Academy Award® for Best Original Song).
David Gale came to MTV Films from his positions as President of Gale Anne Hurd’s Pacific Western Productions and Senior Vice President of Ridley Scott’s Percy Main Productions, creators of the Academy Award® winning “Thelma and Louise.” Previously, he served as Vice President of Business Affairs at International Creative Management.
Gale started his career as an attorney in New York, first at Shearman and Sterling and then as an entertainment attorney at Beldock, Levine and Hoffman. Gale graduated with a B.A. from Stanford University and received a law degree from NYU.
Gale is founder and chairman of the non-profit organization Hollywood HEART, which runs a camping program for children affected by AIDS and film workshop programs for at risk children. The charity recently began sponsoring its programs in South Africa, working with disadvantaged youth in townships outside of Cape Town.
In June of 2006, Gale was named Executive Vice President, New Media and Specialty Film Content for MTV Networks. In that role, Gale finds, develops, acquires, and produces long-form narrative content and branded films for all platforms, including online, wireless, theatrical, DVD, and VOD.
VAN TOFFLER (executive producer) is President, MTV Networks Music/Films/Logo Group, responsible for all of the MTV Networks music services including: MTV, MTV2, VH1, CMT and all their affiliated digital services, as well as Logo, MTV Networks’ network for the gay, lesbian, bi and transgender audience. Since his appointment to this position, he has spearheaded the company’s strategic efforts in extending each brand into multiple platforms and new media, including wireless, broadband, VOD, digital and high-definition TV. Additionally, he is President of MTV Films, the feature film division he helped establish in 1995. As MTVN Group President, Toffler provides leadership for all other ancillary businesses related to these brands. At each network, there is a dedicated team of executives who oversee day-to-day operations, with Mr. Toffler overseeing strategy and long-term planning.
In his previous position as President of MTV & MTV2, Toffler’s strong business acumen, creative thinking and passion for music helped propel MTV into the number-one rated cable television destination for 12 to 24 year-olds, a position it has maintained for more than 13 years. Over the years, Toffler assembled a talented team of creative executives who developed and produced some of television’s best entertainment and biggest moments including the animated hit “Beavis and Butthead;” the maverick reality series “The Osbournes;” the hilarious prank show, “Punk’d,” and two of the biggest annual cable entertainment events – “The MTV Video Music Awards” and the “MTV Movie Awards.”
Toffler also worked hard to ensure that pro-social programming is an integral part of MTV with campaigns like the Peabody and Emmy Award winning “Choose or Lose” political awareness and voter registration & mobilization campaign, the Emmy Award winning “Fight For Your Rights” campaigns have also helped empower young people to take a stand against violence and discrimination, as well as help them get information and take charge of their sexual health with “Fight For Your Rights: Protect Yourself.”
Taking the lead from the viewers, Toffler and his teams at each of the networks continue to create pro-social initiatives that speak to the audiences’ beliefs and desires and was instrumental in the recent cross network production “ReAct Now: Music and Relief” effort benefiting the victims of Hurricane Katrina. In 1999, Toffler also oversaw the re-launch of MTV2, which is on pace to deliver its highest year ever and can now be seen in more than 58 million homes.
Additionally, he helped guide the acquisition of CTN: College Television Network in 2002, re-launched as mtvU, the ultimate network for college students.
One of Toffler’s early goals has been to build the MTV brand and expand its businesses to touch the teen and young adult audiences on new and different platforms. He took the “MTV Unplugged” franchise platinum with a line of “Unplugged” releases, brought MTV to the worldwide web where today, MTV.com is one of the top entertainment music sites and spearheaded the creation of MTV Films where he has executive produced a diverse slate of feature films, including “Save the Last Dance,” “jackass the movie,” “The Original Kings of Comedy,” “Varsity Blues,” “Beavis & Butt-head Do America,” the critically- acclaimed “Better Luck Tomorrow” and “Hustle & Flow,” the Academy Award® nominated “Election,” and the box office hit “Napoleon Dynamite.” In May 2005, MTV Films released the Adam Sandler hit “The Longest Yard.” In November, MTV Films, in conjunction with Shady/Interscope/Aftermath, released “Get Rich or Die Tryin’,” starring rapper 50 Cent and directed by Academy Award®-nominee Jim Sheridan (“My Left Foot,” “In the Name of the Father,” “In America”). In December, Toffler served as executive producer of “Aeon Flux.”
Toffler has held a succession of positions at MTV, culminating in his appointment as MTVN Group President in 2004. Prior to that, he had served as President of MTV & MTV2 since 2000.
He holds a JD from The University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from George Washington University. He is based at the MTV Networks Headquarters in New York City.
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