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LOS ANGELES — In Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, Johnny Knoxville gets bucked headfirst through a plate-glass window by a coin-operated ride, sticks his genitals into the business end of a vending machine, and generally puts his body through a series of eye-shielding, R-rated stunts.
Naturally, he thinks the film should be nominated for an Oscar.
The crazy part? Voters may well agree.
Grandpa, the movie that has the Jackass star tricked out as octogenarian Irving Zisman for a series of cross-country pranks, is on the six-film shortlist for the makeup and hairstyling Oscar. Artists from each of the films will present their work to the approximately 150-strong branch of makeup artists and hairstylists today. Members will then vote to nominate three films for the Oscar, with their selections unveiled as part of Oscar nominations Thursday morning.
Knoxville says he thinks there’s only one way voters should mark their ballots.
“Not only do I think our movie deserves to be in the mix in the category, but it deserves to win,” he told the Los Angeles Times.
“The makeup on this film was held to standards that other movies aren’t because it not only had to look good on-screen but it also had to look good up close and personal. We’re pranking people for real. If they don’t believe I’m an 86-year-old man, there’s no movie.”
The makeup in Bad Grandpa, as it often does in movies that use a lot of it, required three hours in the chair every day for Knoxville, as prosthetics of silicone and other apparatuses — along with sweat ducts to keep Knoxville’s secretions from ruining the getup — were affixed to the actor.
Knoxville also had to wear an ear wig so he could communicate about his undercover pranks with director Jeff Tremaine, who kept a distance. And since every good makeup problem begets another one (we’ve, um, heard), ear hair had to be lain in by hand every day to cover up the ear wig.
Oscar voters have typically honored hard-core genre movies in the hair and makeup category — winners in recent years have included The Wolfman and Pan’s Labyrinth.