Johnny Knoxville, best known as Jackass’s jackass-in-chief, is getting older. At 47, he’s still out there, knocking himself around for our amusement, but the wisdom of age has also prompted in Knoxville a nostalgic streak—like this video in which the actor/stuntman/human crash test dummy looks back over decades of the horrendous injuries he’s sustained in his career to date.
Speaking with Vanity Fair, Knoxville crafts a verbal memoir that starts with a 1998 clip where he tests self-defense tools on himself (“pepper spray is still one of the most painful things I’ve ever endured in my life”) and concludes with the litany of injuries sustained while filming the recently released Action Point—including a stunt that left his left eye prone to popping out of its socket.
Along the way there are, of course, some highlights from the Jackass TV show seasons that kickstarted his career (a broken ankle, some videos of Knoxville getting shot out of a cannon, kicked in the groin, and falling into a filthy-looking section of the Los Angeles River) and the movies (getting knocked out while standing by professional fighter Butterbean, almost dying in a rocket explosion, being charged by bulls). From then until now, Knoxville has also had his crotch smashed by a motorcycle handle after an attempted bike flip gone wrong (“I got blood shootin’ out my pee-pee,” he says en route to hospital) and, refusing to give his mangled body a break, shares some wincing information about his latest movie. “On Action Point I was injured more than any film that I have ever done,” he says. “Four concussions, broke my hand, busted my meniscus, whiplash, stitches over my right eye, lost a couple of teeth ...”
We already know that years of Jackass shoots messed the cast up pretty badly, but this trip down just one of the actor’s very concussed memory lane goes a long way toward showing how much damage goes into creating decades of numbskull schadenfreude. Bless your heart for making us laugh at such great expense, Johnny Knoxville. Please, for the love of god, stop.
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