Terry Morrow: Johnny Knoxville's 2012 projects to blast onto movie theaters soon

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Johnny Knoxville displays for fans a gift from University of Tennessee mascot Smokey during an appearance in Knoxville in 2010. Knoxville has plenty of projects coming to the big screen.

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Saul Young/News Sentinel Johnny Knoxville displays for fans a gift from University of Tennessee mascot Smokey during an appearance in Knoxville in 2010. Knoxville has plenty of projects coming to the big screen.

The fruits of Johnny Knoxville's labors in 2012 will result in a bounty this year on the big screen and even the recording studio.

"I just produced another album with my cousin, Roger Alan Wade," the South Knoxville native told me recently. The album "Southbound Train" is their fifth collaboration and now available on iTunes.

What's it like being a record producer? According to Knoxville, it's fun but not so glamorous. He does whatever Wade wants him to do, such as fetching him water and asking him if he wants to do another take of a song.

"We (work together) from time to time, and it's always the highlight of my year. He's a brilliantly talented singer-songwriter. He leaves his heart all over the studio. I am proud of him."

That's quite a feat, considering Knoxville (nee PJ Clapp) has been working with the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Caan,Billy Crystal and Gerard Butler in recent projects.

"The Last Stand," an action comedy with Schwarzenegger, is out Jan. 18. "Movie 43," re-teaming Knoxville with "Dukes of Hazzard" co-star Seann William Scott, arrives in theaters Jan. 25.

In "Movie 43," Butler plays a "foul mouth" leprechaun that Knoxville kidnaps. "You've never heard such a foul mouth coming out of a leprechaun," Knoxville says.

"Small Apartments," another small film coming later this year, has Amanda Plummer playing Knoxville's mother. Crystal is in that film.

Though Knoxville has his cinematic plate full at the moment, another "Jackass" movie is never far from his mind. He's always writing down ideas, and nothing is in the works.

"I've learned to never say never" to a sequel, he says. "I'd say a 'Jackass 4' is more likely than a 'Jackass 2' or a 'Jackass 3' were."

Obviously the studios want it to happen. "Jackass 3-D" made more than $150 million at the box office alone and was the most successful of the franchise.

Terry Morrow may be reached at 865-342-6445 or morrowt@knoxville.com. Follow him on Twitter at@Telebuddy.

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