I am of the opinion that “Jackass” has merit. Great drama involves great tension: Will Hamlet kill his uncle? Will Godot ever arrive? Will Johnny Knoxville survive the fall when he pole vaults over a perilous ledge? Such is the magic of theater. (Or, in this case, television).
Tonight, flipping through the channels, I stumbled upon “Jackass: The Movie.” Kismetically, the scene I encountered was food related. I have never seen “Jackass: The Movie” and I didn’t really know what I was in for.
Johnny and his pals are at a sushi bar in Japan(?) and the title card reads: “Wasabi Snooters.”
One of Johnny’s friends gets a big bowl of wasabi and starts mixing it with soy sauce.
“Oh boy!” I laughed knowingly. “He’s going to eat all that wasabi! That guy is going to eat an entire bowl of wasabi!”
Then, after stirring it together, he began layering the soy-soaked wasabi onto a metal tray.
“Why is he doing that, I wonder?” I wondered.
Much like Ray Liotta in Goodfellas, he scraped the wasabi into a line.
“What in heavens–?”
And then he snorted it.
“I don’t believe you.”
Dude, watch your TV.
“He—-oh my word.”
Apparently, snorting wasabi leads to rapid shaking of the head and vomiting. And for those of you requesting Amateur Gourmet feats of strength, the answer is NO.