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The Wait is Over: Jackass Forever Star Rachel Wolfson Chats About Film’s Debut

The JackassFranchisees are back and more successful than ever. Jackass ForeverParamount Pictures will theatrically release the film today, February 4. Paramount Pictures will release the film theatrically today, February 4.

The film stars Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Dave England, Jason “Wee Man” Acuña, Danger Ehren and Preston Lacy, joined by newcomers Rachel Wolfson, Sean “Poopies” McInerny, Zach Holmes, rapper Jasper Dolphin and British recruit Eric Manaka.

Jeff Tremaine directs the original Jackass crew return for another round of the show’s trademark absurdity, often involving rising levels of danger—the key to the laughter. Johnny and his team go further. The movie is produced by Spike Jonze, along with Tremaine and Knoxville—generally the same teams we’re familiar with from the series and films.

The last time we had a Jackass movie was 2010’s Jackass 3D—over 10 years ago. But Wolfson said it’s well worth the wait.

“It’s worth the wait, because it’s a great movie,” Wolfson told Chronic News. “Being part of the new cast is so exciting, and I hope that people will see the camaraderie we all have.” 

New York Times said the film was crafted with “sharp cinematography” to create “the most shocking theatrical experience since the mythic mid-1890s screening of the Lumière brothers’ ‘Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station’.” The “kind-hearted” sequel was deemed a worthy, if not better addition to the squad’s repertoire.

The original is, however, bizarrely. JackassPartly, the idea for franchise came from Hunter S. Thompson’s crazy journalistic antics. Knoxville learned some of Thompson’s (often paranoid) self-defense tactics which grew to further stunts, and his skater and daredevil friends joined along for the ride. They were able to pull off many other stunts online, which seemed to have inspired others. JackassIt was an instant hit.

Photo by Sean Cliver, Paramount Pictures/MTV Studios.

“Pain is so much fun because life is pain. Learning to laugh at that pain is what gets us through the tough times and the world needs a laugh now more than ever.”

The more pain there was—the funnier it was.

“Pain is so much fun, because life is pain,” Wolfson explains. “Learning to laugh at that pain is what gets us through the tough times, and the world needs a laugh now more than ever.” Yes, in the film, Wolfson is dared to lick a stun gun, but no spoilers here.

Knoxville claimed in a GQ interview last May that Knoxville believed the same thing. Jackass ForeverIt will mark his final venture with the brand. Only time will prove if it is. Knoxville hired Wolfson himself after seeing her incredible talent via Instagram. Wolfson is well-known for her comedy infused with cannabis, whether it be stand-up or YouTube.

Take, for example: Chronic News appropriately profiled Wolfson in the July 2021 Issue as a “High Headliner,” or one of the top entertainment icons in weed, and interviewed her in detail. “Women can be funny; we can smoke weed, she said. “We don’t just use cannabis as a fetish. Cannabis is not just for women. There are many medical reasons cannabis is so important. Women can also get cannabis treatments that will help them have a child or menstruation. I want to keep proving that women belong in cannabis and in comedy.” 

Wolfson accepted the role with reservations but was happy to face scorpions, a taser and other amusing antics.

Some of the injuries sustained were serious. Knoxville was one of those victims. He suffered a severed wrist, broken rib, concussions and brain hemorhage from stunts gone wrong. But the film explores more serious topics such as mortality and age. Bam Margera left the production crew in February 2021. However, the scenes that he shot were preserved in the film.

Jackass Forever is Rated R for raw language, “miles” of male nudity and real pain. You can find the movie in theaters near you.