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‘Jackass’ Gang on Their 12 Most Outrageous Stunts

From penis-breaking backflips to the ‘poo-cano,’ Johnny Knoxville and friends on the stories behind their craziest moments

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The cast of 'Jackass' in a scene from the 2002 film 'Jackass: The Movie.'

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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.

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‘Off-Road Tattoo’

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.

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‘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!"

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‘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!"

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‘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.

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‘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.

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‘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.

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‘Poo-cano’

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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