Why Is Johnny Knoxville Giving Up His ‘Jackass’ Stunts?
Following a series of injuries, Johnny Knoxville has announced that he will no longer undertake stunts for his long-running Jackass franchise.
The 50-year-old actor is slated to reprise his role as Jackass in the upcoming film Jackass 4—and the Tennessee native has stated that this will be his final appearance in the genre.
In a new interview with GQ, he said, “You can only take so many chances before something irreparable happens.” “I consider myself tremendously fortunate to have taken the risks I have and still be alive.”
Knoxville and his co-stars rose to stardom on MTV’s Jackass in 2000, before making their big screen debut in 2002 with Jackass: The Movie.
He has suffered a slew of grueling injuries as a result of his employment, including concussions, shattered bones, and chipped teeth.
As a result, he doubted that a fourth Jackass picture would ever be created, a feeling that was only heightened when he sustained four concussions while filming Action Point in 2018.
“I knew after that picture that my stunt career was coming to an end,” he remarked. “I wasn’t feeling it. I had neither the necessity nor the inclination to do so. It’s a really emotional situation.”
The fact that co-star Steve-O was similarly apprehensive added to Knoxville’s belief that another Jackass film would be a horrible idea.
Steve-O explained, “I honestly thought the ship had long since departed, and I was kind of happy with it.” “Every film we’ve ever made has been the f***ing final one.” And not just the last one, but the one that was claimed to be the last.”
Despite this, production on the fourth Jackass movie went ahead, though doubts continued to linger in the minds of the stars, who were embraced by fans for their seemingly fearless daredevil antics.
Steve-O said: “I thought going into Jackass 4, after everything we’ve been through, and everything we’ve built, all it takes is one stupid f***ing accident to just erase it.
“Just turn it all into a negative. To be like, ’Oh, these fing dumb aholes. What did you fing expect?’ But we went ahead and f*ing did it.”
Their fears were proven right when, toward the end of production, Knoxville performed one last stunt with a bull.
The result? He was left with a hemorrhage on. This is a brief summary.