As a person who has a scar from Action Park, America’s most dangerous theme park it was pretty exciting when Johnny Knoxville announced he was making a film about the Vernon, New Jersey death trap. It’s just a shame Knoxville could secure the name for the film, but we will always have the Alpine Slide.
Knoxville, on his press tour for Action Point, explained everything involved with bringing this idea to the big screen, and the crazy stunts.
The park was open from 1978 to 1996, six people are known to have died directly or indirectly from rides at Action Park
About the film:
Everyone’s favorite daredevil Johnny Knoxville is back to his hilariously painful antics in the upcoming comedy ACTION POINT. Knoxville stars as D.C., the crackpot owner of a low-rent, out-of-control amusement park where the rides are designed with minimum safety for maximum fun. Just as D.C.’s estranged teenage daughter Boogie comes to visit, a corporate mega-park opens nearby and jeopardizes the future of Action Point. To save his beloved theme park and his relationship with his daughter, D.C. and his loony crew of misfits risk everything to pull out all the stops – and stunts – making for another wild ride from the star of BAD GRANDPA and JACKASS.
Knoxville worked on the story with Derek Freda, John Altschuler, Dave Krinsky, and Mike Judge. Action Point is directed by Tim Kirkby, from a screenplay by Altschuler and Dave Krinsky.
The film stars Johnny Knoxville, Chris Pontius, Dan Bakkedahl, Matt Schulze, Eleanor Worthington-Cox, Johnny Pemberton, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Joshua Hoover, Conner McVicker, and Eric Manaka.
The chaos of Action Point hits theaters June 1.