Steve-O reveals the ‘Jackass: The Movie’ stunt that was too extreme for him to perform

Twenty years in the past, Johnny Knoxville and the remainder of his Jackasses made an explosive big-screen debut with the arrival of their first characteristic movie. And we imply actually explosive. Released in theaters on Oct. 25, 2002, Jackass: The Movie kicks off with the whole forged of the MTV sequence hurtling down a steep hill in an enormous procuring cart, with smoke bombs going off throughout them. It’s a sequence straight out of a $30 million motion film, quite than the measly $5 million that Paramount spent on the reality-show–primarily based movie.

“That was the only time we ever felt like we were making a movie for sure,” Jackass star, Stephen “Steve-O” Glover, advised Yahoo Entertainment during a recent conversation about his new memoir, A Hard Kick in the Nuts. “The whole process of making the first Jackass movie felt largely like the way we made the TV show — it was kind of slap-dash. Once we all laughed, we knew that we got it.” (Watch our video interview above.)

In reality, as Steve-O reveals, the opening sequence was the last item they filmed for the film. All of the different stunts — together with “Alligator Tightrope” and “Wasabi Snooters” — had been shot in the on-the-fly method of the TV present. The big procuring cart run was overseen by author/director Spike Jonze, a longtime behind the scenes inventive drive on Jackass. “We rolled down that hill for two or three days,” Steve-O remembers. “Our attention span for filming Jackass in the early days was every bit as short as the attention span of our audience. It was very difficult for us to get into that repetition.”

The forged of Jackass: The Movie in the movie’s explosive opening stunt. (Photo: Paramount/courtesy Everett Collection)

Speaking of inauspicious, Steve-O discovered considered one of the film’s stunts so onerous, he flat-out refused to do it. That could be “Toy Car Up the Butt,” which might have required him to do precisely what the identify implies. It’s the first time that he ever backed out of a stunt, which he now says was “epic in its own way.”

With Steve-O out, Ryan Dunn stepped in and shoved a condom-covered toy automotive up his rectum, earlier than heading off to a really confused physician for an X-ray. “I got all this great footage backing out of it,” he remembers. “And the way it played out for Ryan, there was nothing that could be changed to make it any better. That was the most iconic, incredible thing we ever filmed.” (Dunn died in a automotive accident in 2011.)

Out of gratitude for his service, Steve-O deliberate to pay tribute to Dunn in Jackass Forever, the long-awaited fourth Jackass characteristic that premiered in theaters earlier this 12 months. “I thought about backing out of the stunt, and how Ryan wasn’t here to film the fourth movie,” he says. “I spoke up saying that Ryan stepped in to put the toy car his butt when I backed out. And now that Ryan’s not here, I wanna step up and just take it to a whole other level — put something up my butt that’s just unbelievably epic.”

But regardless of his ardour for the concept of an anal tribute, Steve-O says that he was in the end overruled by the remainder of the Jackass gang. “Because I said that, I virtually disqualified myself from being able to do it,” he says, laughing. “That’s the way to get out of a Jackass stunt: by expressing that you want to do it. It takes all the fun out of it for the director.”

Video produced by Olivia Schneider and edited by Yelizaveta Katsnelson

Jackass: The Movie is at the moment streaming on Paramount+

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