Sure, we've all keeled over in laughter when watching Johnny Knoxville and the rest of the Jackass crew do what they do best (We've also had to avert our eyes a few times). But what's the process like behind all those hilarious and cringe-worthy pranks and stunts?

The crew sat down to talk about their latest project, Jackass 3.5, an all-new film specifically for the online world, and revealed the inspiration and philosophy behind causing your friends bodily harm in the name of a good time...

Director Jeff Tremaine sums up the basics: "[We ask]: Is there any way this could possibly succeed? If there is, we throw that one away." Simple, yet genius.

And naturally, fear plays a big part of who'll be doing what. "The guy who doesn't want to do it the most," Tremaine explains, "is always the guy that does it." Even phobias can be a source of inspiration. "The guy who's scared of something—there's an idea," Knoxville says.

But it's about more than just laughs and being too sore to move the next day. Believe it or not, there's a very Zen, philosophical element to all of this that has touched star Chris Pontius in particular:

"It teaches you to live the present. I used to always think about the other side of the hill...You start not wanting to think about the future. It teaches you something."

Wise words, indeed.

Check out the video above to hear more from the hilarious group of pranksters and watch new Jackass 3.5 episodes on

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