Have the actual man readily available, mentioned director Gia Coppola.
The “Jackass” sequence creator performs a small position in Coppola’s new film, “Mainstream,” out Friday, which stars Garfield as a charismatic drifter who turns into an web sensation. For a few of the movie’s largest scenes, Coppola tapped Knoxville’s pranking recommendation. “That’s actually his artwork kind,” she informed The Publish over Zoom. “And a lot of the content material on this [current internet] world is an homage to ‘Jackass,’ creating these sorts of stunts.”
Therefore, she options one scene wherein Garfield’s character runs down a significant LA avenue, carrying a pretend penis — and never a lot else.
“Initially, this was written as a a lot tamer stunt,” she mentioned. “However I requested Andrew, ‘Would you be down for doing this on Hollywood Boulevard?’ And he was like, ‘Hell, yeah!’ After which he went additional and determined so as to add a prosthetic d - - okay, as a substitute of us simply blurring out nude underwear.”
That is the second movie from 34-year-old Coppola, whose household identify is synonymous with moviemaking: Her grandfather is Francis Ford Coppola, and her aunt is Sofia Coppola. Nicolas Cage is one cousin of many.
Her sophomore movie, after 2013’s “Palo Alto,” sees Garfield’s mysterious, hyperenergetic character intersecting with an aspiring filmmaker (Maya Hawke of “Stranger Issues”) and changing into her muse. Their YouTube collaboration along with her author finest pal (Nat Wolff of “The Stand“) finally ends up bringing them fame, and the madness that may include it. “I used to be excited to have somebody like Andrew, who is often forged because the hero, for this character who’s wild and massive and loopy,” Coppola mentioned. “To let him run free and experiment with it.”
In one other scene, Garfield’s character, who calls himself No One Particular, seems on a panel of real-life personalities, together with notorious YouTuber Jake Paul, Japanese mannequin and TV persona Rola, and make-up artist Patrick Starr. What none of them knew, other than Knoxville because the scene’s fictional host, was that Garfield deliberate to freak out, bounce up on the desk and seem to make use of it as a rest room.
“We lower out that half within the script,” Coppola mentioned she informed Paul and the others. “We solely had one alternative to actually attempt to shock them. It was enjoyable to have Knoxville round to determine how one can execute it.”
Reactions to the meltdown diverse wildly. “Rola’s intestine response was simply to remain there. Jake Paul pulled out his digicam. And Patrick simply bolted.”
Coppola additionally forged her cousin Jason Schwartzman, as a sleazy agent to the trio. Behind the digicam, she mentioned, he was a font of assist. “Jason is hilarious, he’s nonstop. I ask questions, and he simply runs wild.”
As for the director’s emotions about on-line tradition, she will sum it up in a single scene: “When Maya’s character throws up [animated] emoji, that was how I used to be feeling. Inundated with content material. I actually wanted to get it off my chest.”
After the vicarious cinematic purge, she mentioned she feels a lot better. “My relationship with social media has actually been relieved!”