We went to see Jackass in 3D. You haven't lived until you've seen poop in 3D! The movie, for those who don't know, is simply a bunch of outrageous stunts as performed by a group of 'men' who just won't grow up. It's wildly funny. Completely profane. And funny. Really, really funny. Occasionally it's so gross that viewers have to work hard to swallow down surging vomit at the back of the throat. Simply to say, great time for a guy.
Johnny Knoxville a while back made a YouTube video with Edward Barbanell, an actor with Down Syndrome, regarding the 'r' word. Knoxville, who has young fans all over the world, had the courage to state outright that he would never use that word. He makes it clear that Edward, with whom he co-starred in 'the Ringer', was a friend of his and that hateful words referring to disability would hurt someone he cared about. Courage to fly against the wind might be Knoxville's best stunt.
If you go to the movie stay through the credits at the end. Barbanell makes an appearance to announce a stunt by saying that they were 'going to do some stupid shit with a plunger'. I near cheered. There he was right along with the guys being part of silliness.
It's rare to see a celebrity take a personal stance that involved changing behaviour not simply 'raising awareness' or 'giving money'. It's rare to see a celebrity defy the mores of his time and his culture in deference to the wishes of a friend. It's rare to see character. Particularly character from someone who makes a movie that delights in poop humour.
Johnny Knoxville, good on you.
I couldn't watch all of the film.
But I wasn't afraid to listen to it.