Jackass star and co-creator Johnny Knoxville admits that a stunt he performed involving a bull in Jackass Forever left him with brain damage. The upcoming film will be the fourth official feature-length release in the stupid-stunt franchise, arriving over a decade after the previous entry. Much has changed with regard to both the Jackass series and its beloved cast in the years since Jackass 3D, and the upcoming Jackass Forever looks to potentially kick off a new era for the painfully fun franchise.
Ever since he was first seen on TV screens in MTV’s Jackass TV series back in late 2000, Knoxville has been widely regarded as the leader of the reckless crew of pro-skateboarders and wannabe stuntmen. For some reason, watching Knoxville subject himself to highly risky and agonizing situations is almost always a hilarious endeavor. Even today at age 50, the father of three’s drive to push himself to the most extreme limits hasn’t lost its appeal. What’s more, Knoxville doesn’t really seem to want to give up the Jackass lifestyle, despite a lengthy list of injuries received over the years. Most recently, he even hinted that Jackass Forever might not be the last film for him and the original Jackass members.
But while fans might be delighted that Knoxville may not be ready to throw in the towel on the lucrative franchise that he co-created, the fact of the matter is that the risk involved with the stunts he performs as well as his age has made serious injury a very real possibility. While being interviewed on The Howard Stern Show recently, Knoxville got serious about the truth behind a stunt he performed with a bull in Jackass Forever. After being charged by the bull and knocked unconscious for several minutes, Knoxville says that he was diagnosed with brain damage and that his cognitive abilities “really declined.” Check out the complete interview below:
It’s pure Knoxville watching him laugh at his poor performance on a neurological test after the harrowing injury, but the interview also offers perhaps the first-ever glimpse into his drive to perform these sorts of stunts. As Stern persists in questioning him over why and how it is that his family is okay with this sort of behavior, Knoxville’s demeanor changes, and he opens up about the depression that he dealt with after the injury. Being mowed down by a bull might make him and audiences burst out laughing, but the physical and mental toll of a stunt like this at his age can’t be understated. Knoxville insists that he’s presently the healthiest he’s ever been, but the road from being injured to now was a long and challenging journey.
Due to the nature of the Jackass franchise, it’s accepted that whatever the cast does throughout the course of a film is ultimately okay, because no one is ever irreparably hurt. For over 20 years now, Knoxville has been the smiling, cackling face of the franchise, and while he’s been hurt the most throughout that time, he always seems ready for more. Of course fans want to see him return after Jackass Forever, but there’s certainly no shame in Knoxville calling it quits and preserving his health. His career has long since proven that he’s one of the gutsiest and unique performers of all time, and that in itself is more than enough of a legacy to be proud of.
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Source: The Howard Stern Show
- Jackass Forever (2022)Release date: Feb 04, 2022
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