‘Jackass’ Gang on Their 12 Most Outrageous Stunts
Happy birthday, Jackass! The venerable gonzo-stunt MTV series that turned ringleader Johnny Knoxville and his extreme-stunt-loving skate-rat crew into stars turns 15 today — and in honor of this momentous poo-stained anniversary, we've asked the gents to spill the beans on their most outrageous moments. Ever wonder who suffered the worst in the "anaconda ball pit," or how exactly one rigs a "poo-cano," or what was going through Steve-O's mind as he flew through the air in a shit-filled Porta-Potty? (Answer: It wasn't pretty.) Fire up the Minutemen's "Corona" and read on. Don't say we didn't warn you.
‘Old Men Behaving Badly’
The Jackass crew's penchant for dressing up in geriatric prosthetics and wreaking havoc gave birth to a number of memorable pranks ("old-man balls," anyone?), as well as a spin-off movie/franchise: Bad Grandpa, in which Knoxville's crazy coot Irving Zisman goes batshit on unsuspecting locals.
Stephen "Steve-O" Glover: It's funny anytime you see an old person do something fucked up.
Jason "Wee-Man" Acuña: There is going to be a time when we're all sitting at these old folks homes, tattooed up, wrinkled, gray hair, talking about Jackass. That gave us a glimpse to that feeling.
Wee-Man: Steve-O always needed to do something, a look-at-me kind of thing. Alright, why don't you snort wasabi?
Steve-O: It was called "Wasabi Snooters" because that was my affectionate term for any serving of cocaine. And I did a lot of cocaine. It wasn't even a big deal compared to what I was doing to my nose on such a regular basis. It didn't hurt as much as I thought it might. It paid off because I barfed.
Wee-Man: It was funny the way he mushed it up. You could see his eyes burn and everything. He has the weakest stomach — everything makes him throw up. So of course what does he do? Throws it up. You see us all in the back, dying laughing.
‘Anaconda Ball Pit’
Johnny Knoxville: Snakes are like bulls. They're very cooperative.
Wee-Man: It was me, Dunn and Knoxville that were in the anaconda ball pit. There was two huge anacondas in there. Dunn gets bit by the first one, lets it go. The anaconda started wrapping itself around Dunn and holding him down. You hear Dunn's like, "Uhh!" — and you see him fall out of the side just to get the snake off of him. It was intense. Then Knoxville gets bit. I got out of it pretty easy because there was only two in there.
Knoxville: I had electric tape around my wrists because I didn’t want the snake to bite through my arteries. Then after we shot, the guy was like, "One of these snakes took someone's calf muscle the other day." Thanks for telling me afterwards.
Wee-Man: If they bite you and start wrapping, you're dead. I'm an appetizer for them. So I was pretty scared.
Knoxville: I did wear a cup on this one, because I did not want that to happen. My thing has been through enough.
‘Poo Cocktail Supreme’
Wee-Man: That was horrible. OK, Steve-O is bungee-ing in a Porta-Potty, but they shot him up like 80 feet.
Steve-O: Originally it was going to be throwing a Porta-Potty off of a bridge. At some point it got switched around to a catapult. I was the guy for the job because I have a fear of roller coasters.
Wee-Man: It was horrible being there. And you can't use human feces, so it's all dog and horse shit, because there’s health rules and regulations against human feces. As soon as that thing launched, it was raining shit everywhere. Production people that were 100 feet away were throwing up. It was a huge mess for this shot.
Steve-O: When you’re filming Jackass, and you're not down for getting paralyzed or killed, or take that chance, you're out of a bunch of stuff. I felt like this was pretty safe. But I could have got hepatitis pretty easy.
‘Toy Car Butt X-Ray’
Knoxville: Steve-O was supposed to do this, and then his dad got upset at him. Which was great, because who thinks Steve-O listens to his dad?!? It was actually a sweet moment when we were doing a really dumb thing.
Wee-Man: Out of the blue, Ryan Dunn steps up to the plate.
Dave England: He walked all funny with it up his butt, until he didn't think anyone was filming. Then he started walking normal.
Knoxville: He was hamming it up.
Chris Pontius: Some buttholes are tighter than others.
Knoxville: We went to two different doctors offices to get the X-ray. One wasn't so good. Then we walked into this place and it was gold.
Wee-Man: At the time, Steve-O was hanging out with a girl that Henry Rollins was hanging out with. As soon as Steve-O turned up at the set he was shitting himself: "Oh no, am I going to get my ass kicked right now because I'm dating the same girl Henry is?"
Steve-O: Initially it was supposed to be Nikki Sixx driving. I was convinced that it was a prank on me where Rollins was going to beat me up because I had been on Howard Stern talking about humping the same chick and making fun of him because the girl was talking about him grunting.
Wee-Man: I think it was Jeff's first tattoo he'd ever given, and he was trying to do a happy face on Steve-O's arm in back of a jeep going off-road.
Steve-O: Once, we were filming on some remote island in Borneo, filming with an indigenous tribe. And one of the tribespeople pointed to my arm and said, "Off-road tattoo!" I can't even hide in Borneo, Indonesia! That's when the globalness of the show really hit me.
‘The High Five’
Wee-Man: I didn't have to do much except stand there. We got gold just by showing up to the office.
England: Wee-Man is magic. When he's on the scene, everything is magical. He can do anything he wants. I'm pretty sure he could kill someone right in front of a cop and the cop would go, "Oh, cool. Good job, Wee-man!"
‘Golf Cart Crashes’
Wee-Man: Knoxville went out to the East Coast and filmed with Bam [Magera] and them: "Hey, there's this abandoned mini golf course right down the street. Let's take these golf carts and cruise around and film on there." As soon as Bam was ready to go, he would go. He wasn't about production. He was just about having fun doing whatever.
England: I still can't believe Knoxville made it out alive. The best footage ever. Those things were there since the Sixties. I mean, 40 years of being out there in the sun and these guys come along and destroy it.
Pontius: I wrote this bit but I wasn't there on the trip. I gave it to them on a piece of paper. I wrote a lot of stuff like that. But I don't want a cookie or anything.
England: The footage is so good and so close to being a broken neck and death — and no movie comes out. I look back and think, "Wow, that would have changed everything. Who gives a fuck about Knoxville, but then we wouldn't be able to make a movie!"
‘Penis-Breaking Motorcycle Backflip’
Knoxville: That's a weird one. I wasn't going to do a stunt for that show, and you get there and everyone else is having fun and doing stunts. I thought, "Man, I can do that – I can do a backflip." I can't even ride a motorcycle! So that ended with good footage … Evel Knievel was a big influence on me.
‘The Toro Totter’
Pontius: I'm afraid of bulls more than any other animal.
England: There's something about bulls that Knoxville can't get enough of. He loves it. He's smiling and laughing. It's like a monster that's real and it really wants to kill you.
‘The Fish Hook’
Steve-O: That's pretty gnarly. I put a fish hook through my face twice. The first time we had a professional body-piercer guy, and then the director came to me. He said, "Hey man, that weird body piercing guy looks weird. We want to do it again and have Pontius do it." One of my super-powers is I feel totally unaccountable about anything I do around sharks.
England: I ate everything they had in craft services all day long. I hadn't had caffeine in a month, and I drank two giant Red Bull energy drinks. Then, I was slammed under that table ready to go: "Are you guys ready? I'm ready." They're like, "One more thing." Then Chris comes with an enema. I don't need an enema! It was like being raped.
Wee-Man: We all had a different role. There was Preston the chubby guy, Wee-Man the little guy, Steve-O the throwing-up guy, Chris Pontius the good-looking, quiet kind of crazy guy — always something with his weiner. Bam was the crazy dude, Dunn would just pull something off out of the blue, Knoxville was the super insane guy, and Ehren was the runt of the group who we always picked on. And Dave … Dave was the weirdo.
England: Nobody wanted to stand around it, but [producer] Jeff Tremaine made everyone do it against their will. Look at that blast: It's like three feet high! It got in my mouth. How did that make it into the movie? Isn't that crazy? I didn't believe it would be in there until I was in a real theater where people bought tickets. Here it was, and I got a text from my mom: "I didn't know you could make a volcano out of your butt."
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