UT got a full "serving of Irving" Tuesday night, well before most of the country met this unlikely, and completely inappropriate, dynamic duo.
In a pre-screening of Johnny Knoxville's newest movie, "Bad Grandpa," a limited number of students, along with personal friends and family of Knoxville, gathered in the UC Auditorium to watch the crudely humorous flick before its official premiere date of Oct. 25.
Paramount Pictures contacted the Film Committee about doing a potential pre-screening on campus, reaching the college-aged demographic from the popular film and TV series "Jackass." A limited number of these special events were presented in a few cities across the country, but Knoxville had its own reason for deserving the honor.
"Bad Grandpa" was shot in locations across the country including the city of Knoxville, Johnny Knoxville's hometown.
"Us being here at UT, it made it kind of cool that we got to see that," Tyler Laughter, freshman in mechanical engineering, said. "I know the theater got kind of wild when Knoxville was shown, so it's cool to be a part of that a little bit."
As seats filled with last minute attendees, the auditorium filled with rowdy energy. Posters, pins and red Solo cup shot glasses were thrown out like T-shirts at a sporting event. When the lights dimmed, the audience erupted in deafening applause and cheers.
The storyline seems wholesome and uplifting, at first. Billy, a wholesome 8-year-old, is sent cross country with his Grandpa Irving to go live with his father after his mother is sent to jail.
If this were anything beside a Johnny Knoxville movie, "Bad Grandpa" would be a sweet story of bonding, family and reunions. But the illusion doesn't last long.
The movie opens with Billy telling strangers in a waiting room about his mother's crack breath while Irving, Johnny Knoxville's character, celebrates rather than mourns his wife's passing in the next scene.
The film was shot in a format in which Irving and Billy were actors, but other people pictured were actually going about their day. All their reactions were unscripted and most were completely appalled by the actions of the mismatched duo.
"They didn't really go too far with the 8-year-old kid. Not much swearing. I mean, he cussed, and that was funny," Garrett McCullough, freshman in business management, said. "It was typical kind of 'Jackass' humor, but a little different since they involved children."
Notably, the movie lacked the more violent and dangerous scenes that characterized the 'Jackass' franchise.
Instead, more family-friendly incidents were included, such as allowing a small child to try beer or help his grandpa pick up women. Far from normal activities for most elementary school-aged children.
"Bad Grandpa" brought crude humor to a new level by mixing the young and elderly. With the contrasting duo serving as the movie's defining element, the age gap alone created plenty of comedy. But with Johnny Knoxville as a writer for this script, more was added.
Pleased with the turnout, the Film Committee ended the evening slightly exhausted, but satisfied.
"It went really well," Ashton Hickey, a member of the Film Committee. "We actually had to turn people away, so that was more than we could have hoped for and more than we could handle, so it was good."
For those who missed the pre-screening, "Bad Grandpa" was released Wednesday in theaters.