Hi, I’m Johny Knoxville and welcome to The White Lotus.
Johnny Knoxville, the 51-year-old daredevil who rose to fame for his outrageous Jackass stunts, all but spilled the beans on the location of the third season of the critically acclaimed HBO series The White Lotus. But given his reputation as a master prankster, it’s hard to tell if he’s telling the truth or just yanking our chain once again. After all, this is the same guy who once placed a live alligator in his best friend’s mum’s house. So, could he really have revealed the show’s next destination, or is this just another elaborate hoax?
During an interview with Vulture, the interviewer suggested Knoxville join the cast of The White Lotus, to which Knoxville replied, “Mike White is a very close friend of mine. He and I had been in Tokyo together. I think that’s where the next … oh, I’m not giving anything away. I might call him again as soon as this is over.”
Knoxville’s slip of the tongue has fuelled speculation that the third season will be set in Japan. While it is yet to be confirmed by HBO or show creator Mike White, his previous comments would suggest the next saga will take place in Asia. In an HBO featurette, White hinted at what themes the third season of the show might explore, saying, “The first season highlighted money, and then the second season is sex. I think the third season, it would be maybe a satirical and funny look at death in Eastern religion and spirituality. It feels like it could be a rich tapestry to do another round at White Lotus.”
Before that, White revealed in October he was looking to switch up the show’s location in the third season. “I think it’d be fun to maybe go to a whole different continent,” he told Deadline. “You know, we did Europe, and maybe Asia, something crazy like that, that would be fun.”
The White Lotus has become a flagship series for HBO and has been praised for its sharp writing, and strong performances, with a Jennifer Coolidge snagging a Golden Globe award for her work in the second season.
As for Knoxville, he recently took on a role in the Hulu series Rebooted. While the show was cancelled after one season (much to our amazement), the dabbling actor’s comedic chops were on full display, and it’s clear that he has a knack for the craft. In the Vulture interview, Knoxville said that he would be open to more acting roles, saying, “If a good television show comes along, of course, I’ll pay attention, because television is so good now. I’d be foolish not to pay attention.”
It remains to be seen whether Knoxville will make an appearance in the new season of The White Lotus, but fans of the show are excited to see where the series will go next. As for Knoxville’s slip-up, only time will tell if he was telling the truth or just teasing fans with the possibility of Japan. Regardless, the buzz surrounding the show’s potential setting is only adding to the excitement for what is sure to be another gripping and meme-worthy instalment in The White Lotus phenomenon.
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