Jackass 2 and Beyond
Chris Pontius has been working a lot lately, but he says for now he is concentrating on his next big thing, which is Jackass: Number Two. He credits his Jackass work for his fame and fortune, and believes that just having a good time in life is what counts. His next films are TV: The Movie and What We Do is Secret, but some fans might remember him from Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.
He’s already made appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Howard Stern, so what does the future hold? It seems to hold the key to his forward-moving success and you can be sure that Pontius is definitely the kind of guy who will continue to smile and enjoy the wave of good luck that life is sending his way.
SOAK: So you’re working on quite a few projects right now, want to tell us what all you have going on out there?
Chris Pontius: We are about to start filming Jackass 2, so I wanna put everything into that right now. I wanna be the one to remember. Maybe not for being the most handsome, Knoxville will have me beat for sure. But I will have the nicest figure for sure. I have been training with these things from Russia called kettlebells. They look like cannonballs with handles; they're crazy. Old-time strongmen used to use them. I learned about them from the great strength coach, Mike Mahler. I'm super strong now, but not as strong as Mike. He could totally beat me up in a fair fight. If I had a machine gun or a bow and arrow, I could probably win though. So yes, I have been working on many things like my delts, my gluts, everything.
SOAK: Can you give us some clues on what we can expect with Jackass 2?
Chris: I don't want to give anything away, but I think we outdid ourselves for sure. Everything is just so funny. We have just been having so much fun making it and that's what the spirit of Jackass is about. I really can't wait for the world to see this. I think the world needs it.
SOAK: What are some of the differences in making Jackass 2 vs. the first movie?
Chris: For me personally, the first one, I didn't really realize at the time how big it was going to be. Now, the whole crew is so hungry for footage. Everybody wants to make it the best they can. Just getting everyone together, we're like a big family. Sometimes we pee on each other when we’re mad, sometimes we pee on each other when we’re happy. Jackass is more than just the guys on the show. It is the director, the production people, the cameramen, the soundman. Every time someone started working with us who fit in, they just stayed. So after all these years, everyone has just gotten better and better at their job.
Filming Wildboyz had a lot to do with the decision to do another movie. There was some stuff we shot and just thought it belonged on the big screen. Knoxville and Wee-Man went on a couple of Wildboyz trips and it was so fun traveling around and filming together. It was definitely just time. I think it felt right to everyone. There is some kind of magic going on.
SOAK: Tell me about your projects, the favorite ones.
Chris: I did some stuff for TV: The Movie and What We Do is Secret, which is the story of the legendary punk rock band, The Germs. I play this bad man named Black Randy. In one scene, I shove a banana up a passed out girl's ass. It is demented. We finished shooting the fourth season of Wildboyz. I also have a book done that is going to come out around the time that Jackass: Number 2 does. It’s a collection of my stories, police reports and artwork. It will have a lot of the stories that I wrote in Big Brother magazine, which is what we all did before we started Jackass.
SOAK: What music do you listen to?
Chris: Any kind of music as long as the song is good.
SOAK: What do you look for in projects that you work on?
Chris: Well, ideally they should include a nude scene. Just kidding, well not really, but most of the projects I work on are things that my friends and I make up.
SOAK: How did you get started as an actor?
Chris: A lot of us from Jackass used to work for this long gone magazine called, Big Brother. It was this crazy skateboard magazine. We made a few videos and then I guess everyone figured we should start a TV show. Big Brother attracted all the misfits from the skateboard world. Some people hated us for being different, but now we're famous and we deserve all the great things we've gotten and more!
SOAK: Where are you from originally, California boy, right?
Chris: San Luis Obispo, California
SOAK: How did where you were raised affect who you are right now?
Chris: I think growing up in a small town teaches you how to make your own fun. There's lots of awesome nature there so you could run around and play Tarzan. I loved it. All my friends and I ran around being freaks and I think we liked not fitting in.
SOAK: What would you be doing if you weren't an actor?
Chris: I would probably be a writer, maybe a musician. Hey, maybe I will still be those things.
SOAK: What challenges do you find being an actor?
Chris: I wish more people would come ask me to be in their movies. It's also challenging to not procrastinate. I have a million things that I want to do in life that I need to just do.
SOAK: Who in your life has been essential to your success?
Chris: Well, all my friends that helped put me in the right direction. Dave Carnie, Thomas Campbell and Caleb Plowman were big influences early on. Jeff Tremaine, who is the director of Jackass and Wildboyz, is really getting all of us freaks together and making it all happen. They call him “The General.” I had great parents too. Most of all, my wife. A few years ago, I met the perfect person in the world for me and I knew it the second I met her. I think love is the most important thing you can have. You need to take care of it though, it doesn't just take care of itself.
SOAK: What do you do for fun when you are not working?
Chris: I just try to have fun.
SOAK: What motivates you in your life?
Chris: The biggest motivator is the future, thinking of what's next. What you want to do. Kind of like when you’re on a road trip and you get excited about the next town you are going to visit. Sometimes I think too much about the future and forget about the present though.
SOAK: Where do you want to be in five years?
Chris: I don't care as long as I’m happy. You never know what will happen in the future. I have always just pointed myself in the direction I wanted to go and then I see what happens. Sometimes in the past, I have made mistakes and gotten into trouble. I hope I don't do that anymore. I don't want to be a disaster. I want to surf a lot and play music and be a strongman.
Want more info on Mike Mahler and the kettlebell workout that Chris mentioned? Point your browser to http://www.mikemahler.com/exercises_page.html. This is Mike’s site describing the different exercises you can do with kettlebells to very quickly build strength.