Howard loved the movie (at least the first twenty minutes, which was all he was able to see thanks to a mix-up with the film company), announcing that he pissed his pants laughing (good thing he wears Depends pee pads).
*Several staffers got to see a screening of the movie already so we can make this statement. And yes, we saw the film in it's entirity.
While Johnny is essentially a huge movie star (the last Jackass movie - Jackass 3D - made over $170 million), he'd never attempted a stunt-related movie that had an actual story, like Bad Grandpa, in which Johnny's character travels across country to reunite his grandson with his father, and bonds along the way.
Johnny filmed it in sixty days over 10 months and, because they were reliant on both regular people's reactions and their consent to be filmed, it was no picnic. (While they movie has a story, all the stunts were done hidden camera style in front of unsuspecting people).
They worked hard, outfitting different locations with hidden cameras. Typically, the owner of the establishment was the only one who was in on the "prank," not even the employees. This was the case as Bad Grandpa got his "schmeckle" stuck in a soda machine, launched a kid's ride through a store window, "accidentally" shit up the wall in a diner during a farting contest, and ran around with comically long fake balls hanging while terrorizing a strip club.
Gary Dell'Abate, who saw the full movie, was shocked that Johnny didn't get his ass kicked by either the male strippers at the club, or the bikers at the bar where Grandpa leaves his grandson, but Johnny remained completely unscathed (which is rare for Johnny Knoxville).
The movie wouldn't be what it is without Bad Grandson, an eight year-old named Jackson Nicoll, who has a penchant for pranks and bad behavior.
PROMOTING BAD GRANDPA
Johnny may be an international superstar, but he isn't promoting Bad Grandpa in the way say a Cameron Diaz would. He's shown up in character to interviews and screens the movie for college kids where things can - and do - go awry, as evidenced by the cast Johnny was wearing on the show this morning.
He showed up to one screening at a college that sounded fun – very, very fun. Kids were passing Johnny beers and he was knocking them back, until his heart started racing. One of the beers had been laced with ecstasy.
While some people would be freaked out by being drugged, Johnny seemed very casual about it. He figures he hurt his arm either limbing a basketball hoop or when he falling on to a table while drugged at the college but seemed to shake off the experience.
Johnny admits that the other Jackass guys probably feel a little weird that he's broken out and done a Jackass movie himself, but he gave them a taste of the back-end, so that should sooth them, because the movie – as funny as it is – has no choice but to do very, very well.
Don't miss Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa coming out everywhere Friday, October 25th!