Impish and extreme pranks made Roman Atwood, 33, a digital superstar, but he’s now more likely to create videos of himself cavorting with his two boys and hanging out at home. The Ohio native started posting comedy videos to YouTube in 2009 while working full time at a rope-manufacturing plant. “It turns out, I wasn’t really good at that,” he says. Spurred by feedback from his then-small fan base, he decided to make a prank video — in which he and a buddy pretended to dump an empty watercooler on unsuspecting marks — instantly cementing his early career in hijinks. “I had more views on that first prank video than all 80 videos I’d posted in two and a half years,” he says.
His pranking culminated in “Natural Born Pranksters,” a feature-length movie from Lionsgate and Studio71 that Atwood directed, produced, and starred in. The movie (released April 1, 2016, of course) took the No. 2 spot on Apple’s iTunes movie chart, behind “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
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