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How Steve-O and Others Private Overcome the Jackass “Curse” While Some Are Aloof Struggling

Bam Margera, Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Ryan Dunn, Jackass CastTheo Wargo/WireImage

When Jackass debuted on MTV in 2000, the realm had never viewed anything else somewhat appreciate it.

Right here became a group of 10 dudes—quasi-stuntmen, in truth—who gave the impact willing to enact anything else for a gag. Swallow a dwell goldfish ideally suited to regurgitate it factual support up? Positive. Procure gored by a bull? Why now no longer? Lock yourself in a dirty Porta-Potty and allow it to be tipped over? Dash for it.

It became wrong, it became juvenile, it gave the impact bats–t insane, and it became in total cases downright hilarious. Born out of the skater tradition of the ’90s, the mark became a assembly of the minds animated Jeff Tremaine‘s Immense Brother Journal friends (alongside side Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Dave England, Jason “Wee-Man” Acuna, and Chris Pontius) and Bam Margera‘s CKY Crew (which included Ryan Dunn, Chris Raab, Brandon Novak, and varied people of Margera’s family). And it gave the impact appreciate there became nothing too hazardous or disgusting for the total lot of them.

In an instant after its premiere on Oct. 1, 2000, it captivated an target audience of male viewers ages 12 to 34 that became higher than any in MTV historical previous. And loyal as fast? The controversy.

The mark’s grievous antics compelled the community to glue a disclaimer within the origin and prevent of every episode, as smartly as after every industrial destroy, warning the impressionable target audience gazing at dwelling that they ought to easy now no longer, below any circumstances, try this at dwelling. Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman railed in opposition to the mark, urging MTV’s mum or dad company Viacom to take into accounts the teenagers. (Which, in all actuality, presumably ideally suited helped its recognition.) After which the wars between the community and the celebrities of its contemporary flagship enterprise, second in rankings ideally suited to TRL, started with public feuds over meager pay and perceived censorship.

After three fast seasons—ideally suited 25 episodes in total—it became over. The franchise transitioned to characteristic movies (four theatrical releases, with three straight to DVD), some solid people appreciate Knoxville went on to are trying the celebrity component, whereas others—smartly, let’s loyal it hasn’t been fortunately ever after for all people.


Bam Margera

As Margera and his CKY Crew had been taking off, so too became the skateboarder’s struggles with alcoholism. After continuously being viewed intoxicated in within the support of-the-scenes photos from the Jackass movies, as smartly as for the length of his MTV dawdle-off Viva La Bam, he became taken to the smartly being facility by direct troopers and paramedics for “dehydration” in 2009 after a four-day ingesting binge. By 2012, bone spurs had compelled him to position his skating on sustain and that, coupled with the lack of Dunn (which we will receive to in loyal a minute), noticed him in truth lose relieve a watch on. 

“I took a five yr hiatus from skating because I had bone spurs, so as an different I became making a living by doing nightclub appearances, which in most cases became capturing photos and taking images with the locals,” Margera instructed  Other folks in 2017. “So I became s–tbag wasted every night, and at final became appreciate, ‘This has to halt.’ When I wakened in my possess puke and piss, I knew I had to nick it off.”

In 2015, he gave rehab a shot, nonetheless left quickly after entering and didn’t entire this plot. Later that yr, he and his mother April Margera looked on VH1’s Household Treatment with Dr. Jenn and, in October, his mom became telling TMZ that her son became three months sober as a result of his participation within the mark. 

After a transient relocation to Barcelona in slow 2016, Margera returned to Pennsylvania in 2017 for the delivery of his son, Phoenix Wolf, with spouse Nicole Boyd. A month after his son’s Dec. 23 delivery, he became arrested in Los Angeles and charged with two counts of driving below the affect after being pulled over by California Freeway Patrol for a cell mobile phone violation. 

“He made up our minds to head to rehab in LA so we’re striking that program into situation,” his mother instructed Web narrate Six days after his arrest. “How long he stays is to be obvious nonetheless he’ll are seeking to sustain that non-public. He feels considerably better. He had a unfavorable night. He’s embarrassed by it. He’s wrathful at himself for being uninteresting. Now he loyal wants to desire up the pieces and pass forward for himself and for his family.”

By August 2018, nonetheless, he’d relapsed again after being held at gunpoint in Colombia. “I loyal arrived in Cartagena by myself and I took a taxi—a random one—from the airport to right here,” he acknowledged in video on social media. “And I could well no longer focus on Spanish, they would possibly well no longer focus on English, and additionally they translated on their mobile phone for me to learn, ‘Empty your pockets,’ as they set apart a gun on their lap to mark it to me. So I did, and I had $500. They let me straggle. That became energetic. Welcome to Colombia!”

He adopted that up with some other one in all him opening a beer bottle. “Sober since January 10th, this is how you initiate a beer being by myself, bored, and robbed,” learn the clip’s caption.

Before the total lot up of 2019, Margera took to social media to thunder that he would possibly well be checking into “alcohol rehab” for the third time, writing,  “I am hoping the time duration third time is a allure is appropriate.” Ten days later, nonetheless, he shared a lengthy eight page letter on Instagram that published he became leaving the capability, deciding he’d moderately straggle about getting sober on his possess.

“By day number 5 in rehab I noticed when I am bored is when I drink,” Margera wrote. “Properly in rehab I am bored 50 percent of the time so that is when I figured out that after boredom sets in and alcohol is off limits, that is when I receive inventive as f–ok, an explosion of apt ideas, exercise, skate, workout, yoga, hike, bike potential more. Because I assemble now no longer appreciate to take a seat down stagnant! (UNLESS I AM DRUNK).”

While he became committed to going about it by myself, the relaxation of the yr proved though-provoking for Margera’s unravel. After a video of him screaming at and unsafe his manager in a Recent York Metropolis comedy club surfaced on-line, his family and company had him committed to a psychological smartly being facility. After loyal one week of therapy, he became released and despatched dwelling.

In August, he became removed from a industrial flight after an airport police officer who instructed Margera he became too intoxicated to flit. The next day, he posted a public plea to Dr. Phil McGraw on social media, asking the tv character and clinical psychologist for support. For the length of an look on Dr. Phil, Margera admitted he consumed champagne on the flight there and became taking two Adderall pills on daily basis. He agreed to attain to rehab, nonetheless after four days, became out and arrested at a Los Angeles-situation resort for harassing patrons and workers. After his starting up from police custody, he loyal now returned to rehab. Following an announcement in September 2019 that he’d been officially diagnoses with bipolar disorder and became receiving therapy, issues in Margera’s existence seem to score stabilized.

Alcoholism hasn’t been Margera’s ideally suited battle over time, both. In 2017, whereas performing on an episode of Viceland’s Epicly Later’d, he published that on the tip of his fame within the early 2000s, he became moreover plagued by a essential ingesting disorder.

“Must it’s seemingly you’ll well be on digital camera loads, folks score loads to notify,” his mother acknowledged within the episode. “He repeatedly desired to score this very slim, slim inspect. Plenty of it took place when he changed into apt company with [HIM singer] Ville Valo. Ville drank loads…He’s essentially the most lovable man ever, nonetheless he never ate. He loyal drank. I think Bam started sipping on a beer because he cherished the potential he looked.”

“I didn’t initiate up officially ingesting until presumably 24 or 25. Then the rock celebrity existence and ingesting spun out of relieve a watch on,” Margera outlined. From there, he started ingesting an increasing selection of to curb his appetite, which within the extinguish manifested itself in behaviors that are associated with bulimia.

“We would straggle out to dinner and he would loyal now excuse himself and straggle to the lavatory,” his mom remembered. “I could well notify, ‘Are you throwing up?’ And he says, ‘Yeah, yeah. Normally I throw up and that means I’m now no longer gonna receive corpulent.'”



Born Stephen Glover, Steve-O became the man in Jackass who didn’t seem in a position to asserting no to anything else thrown his potential, no topic how in truth insane the hypothesis would possibly well be. (Working instance: The finale of Jackass 3D when he’s launched into the air whereas interior of a Porta-Potty chunky of you appreciate what.) But he became moreover combating some serious demons on the time. 

As he published in January 2019 for the length of an interview on In Depth with Graham Bensinger, he’d begun ingesting sooner than he became 12 years old, claiming that his mother would give him “loyal moderately booze” on planes to halt him from crying. He moreover detailed his intensive drug utilization.

“My favorites had been Ketamine, cocaine, nitrous oxide, PCP, pointless to claim marijuana, alcohol. Oh, I cherished Xanax so worthy, and Valium,” he recalled. “Never bought too into meth, nonetheless I never changed into it down. Had some slightly horrifying experiences on magic mushrooms. Had somewhat about a large journey on LSD. Care for, random, energetic stuff. I huffed video head cleaner. There became this energetic episode the set up I became ingesting aluminum cleaner…and that can lead to about a slightly annoying incidents.”

And that is the reason now no longer pointing out the time that he resorted to snorting cocaine that had been mixed with his provider’s HIV-obvious blood.

With his provider handed out, he noticed cocaine residue on the desk. “I went over to the desk to jam up a pile of cocaine to chortle it, nonetheless as I had sat down taking a sight at it, there became, pointless to claim, blood had been squirted,” he outlined. “You would possibly well even see the exiguous little exiguous blood splatter on the residue. This is how loyal decided and pathetic my addiction became, that I sat there knowingly scraping up this unhealthy, appreciate, blood cocaine and I sat there and snorted it, which is so f–ked up. I snorted the blood of an intravenous drug person.”

Fortunately, he did now no longer contract the virus, presumably since the blood had dried. “All these years later,” he acknowledged, “and I loyal assemble now no longer score it.”

But his habits and his anything else-goes mentality fast started getting him into ache. In 2002, he became arrested on obscenity and assault charges for stapling his scrotum to his leg for the length of a efficiency at a Louisiana nightclub and being most important to a second-diploma battery. And in 2003, he became arrested in Sweden as a result of photos of himself swallowing a condom chunky of cannabis in show to receive it previous authorities whereas flying. He then regurgitated it dwell on stage. Two months later, he became arrested for disorderly habits after urinating on potato chips in public for the length of a Lollapalooza tour halt in Pennsylvania. 

Things hit a fever pitch in 2008, although, after he became kicked off the air for the length of MTV’s dwell broadcast of the Jackass MTV 24 Hour Takeover on the take a look at of executives for his intoxicated behavior. Days later, he became placed below a citizen’s arrest on suspicion of vandalism and drug possession after he became filmed striking holes within the wall of a neighbor’s apartment and became charged with felony cocaine possession. Then, after receiving an electronic mail in which Steve-O instructed his imaginable suicide, Knoxville and the relaxation of the guys sprang into action.

“We would possibly well all had our sight on Steve-O because he’d gotten to a terribly unfavorable level in doing every assemble of loopy remedy,” Knoxville instructed Procure admission to Hollywood in 2010. “But [when Steve-O’s] e-mails roughly hinted at [suicide]… I purchased 10 of our closest company—great guys—and went to his apartment and acknowledged, ‘Steve-O, you appreciate, we’re right here to take you in to the rehab, or in truth 5150 [medical hold],’ and he goes, ‘No dude, I ain’t going.’ I acknowledged, ‘Steve-O, if you assemble now no longer straggle I’ve instructed the guys to knock you out after which we will take you.’ He’s appreciate, ‘OK dude, I will head.'”

He became placed below a 72-hour psychiatric sustain which became then prolonged to 14 days after an alleged suicide strive. 

In June, he pleaded guilty to the felony, nonetheless shunned jail time as a result of his time spent in therapy. The next month, with 115 days of sobriety below his belt, he announced on MySpace that he became returning to “the looney bin” because “I’ve had frightful mood swings and excessive depression. My mind is fucked up from using so worthy cocaine, ketamine, PCP, nitrous oxide, and all kinds of a form of remedy.”

In March of this yr, Steve-O eminent 12 years sober. Upon a decade of sobriety in 2018, he took to Instagram to real his gratitude for his recovery. “Laborious to take into accounts it be been a complete decade since I’ve had a drink or a drug,” he wrote. “I loyal can now no longer set apart into words how grateful I am for @realjknoxville and the relaxation of the guys who locked me up in a psychiatric ward on March 9, 2008, the set up this hurry started.”

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Ryan Dunn

Indubitably, essentially the most tragic of all of the Jackass reviews belongs to Dunn. Childhood company with Margera and the CKY Crew, Dunn became a liked section of the group who retreated from his friends after an injure whereas filming Jackass Quantity Two in 2006 led to a potentially existence-threatening blood clot in his shoulder. While seeking therapy for the injure and his Lyme disease, he fell loyal into a depression and nick off all contact with nearly all people in his existence for two years. He at final returned to the fold for 2010’s Jackass 3D and started web hosting the G4 mark Proving Ground in 2011. But his existence became nick short on June 20 of that yr when he drunkenly drove his automobile loyal into a tree in West Goshen Township, Pennsylvania. He and his passenger, Jackass Quantity Two manufacturing assistant Zachary Hartwell, had been killed upon affect as the auto burst into flames. Dunn had changed into 34 ideally suited nine days sooner than the accident.

Hours sooner than the shatter, Dunn had posted a video of himself and Hartwell ingesting at a bar and toxicology experiences indicated that his blood alcohol stage became more than double the direct’s most apt restrict. Preliminary investigations instructed that he had been driving between 132 and 140 miles per hour in a 55 miles per hour zone.

“We had been company since we had been 12 years old,” Raab instructed Web narrate Six in 2018. “He became appreciate my brother. He became one in all my simplest company. It entirely destroyed me when he died.”

“[Ryan’s death] affected us profoundly,” Margera’s mother April instructed the outlet. “He became appreciate a member of our family. When he moved right here within the ninth grade from Ohio, he loyal now ended up in our apartment and in truth felt appreciate—I do know his mother acknowledged—he at final found a situation the set up he desired to be. He found a dwelling with the boys and who they had been filming with. He found something purposeful in his existence…it be easy now no longer easy to take into accounts he’s long gone. He became the sweetest man ever.”

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Ehren McGhehey

McGhehey’s nickname amongst the Jackass guys became “Likelihood Ehren,” owing to his propensity to injure himself or lose enamel within the pursuit of a stunt. And years later, he’s paying for his daredevil ways. 

“We had been all roughly competing for that time [on TV],” he instructed Web narrate Six. “There had been some issues that I clearly didn’t are seeking to enact—appreciate I assemble now no longer know any human being that can are seeking to be chased by bulls or be blindfolded—that sucks—or drink [their] possess pee. Those issues are what folks be conscious and it makes folks laugh and that became the total level of it. And I’ve had many, many accidents from it—25 surgeries alongside side nine knee surgeries and three broken backs.”

As such, he has a warning for somebody who’s ever watched Jackass. “The anxiousness is real [from the surgeries],” he outlined. “That is the a form of component, with the potential that we dwell as folks now with sports and stuff we enact, it be virtually appreciate folks dwell appreciate it be a video sport. I’m right here to impart you it be now no longer. You ideally suited receive one physique. Win care of it.”

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Chris Raab

One other member of Margera’s CKY Crew, Raab, known by his stage establish Raab Himself, became struggling with addiction whereas enjoying his manic character on the mark. “I did somewhat about a cocaine and I drank my ass off slightly worthy seven days per week. [Jackass] became a most enchanting time for my addiction to manifest,” he instructed Web narrate Six. “It’s an obsessive way of life. I didn’t trace how worthy I changed into a slave to remedy and alcohol.”

The fixed accidents didn’t support issues. 

“While you bought misery, you had been appreciate, ‘Oh, I’m in a position to loyal take a pill for that,'” he added. “And you interpret it be a painkiller, I’m in anxiousness. I broke my ankle. I’d like this. After which you interpret it to yourself if you broke your arm, it’s seemingly you’ll well need [another painkiller] too. And sooner than you trace it, it’s seemingly you’ll well be loyal so caught up in it. Then what occurs is folks are appreciate, ‘Raab, you score a ingesting downside, it’s seemingly you’ll well be doing too many remedy’ and to boot it’s seemingly you’ll well be appreciate, ‘I’m now no longer as unfavorable as this person and this person’ and to boot it’s seemingly you’ll well be surrounded by a bunch of drug addicts and alcoholics and to boot it’s seemingly you’ll well be loyal pointing the fingers at every a form of.”

Ultimately, he realized that if he desired to receive out of Jackass alive, he had to simply receive out. “I had to drag out of Jackass stuff. I didn’t enact the second and third movie. I purchased paranoid about company…and I purchased darker into remedy and ingesting and seeking to be by myself. I could well halt up by myself in my apartment loyal doing remedy and ingesting and loyal now no longer seeking to be around any one,” Raab outlined, adding that his struggles led him to take into fable suicide.

With nearly a decade of sobriety below his belt, he’s admitted that returning to odd existence after Jackass wasn’t so easy. “I had to receive a job—I didn’t receive filthy rich appreciate about a of the guys, nonetheless I purchased decent money as a young exiguous one nonetheless I blew it appreciate an fool,” he outlined. “[We’d say] ‘Let’s straggle to the airport and straggle to an island!’ I went and bought a job at a restaurant [as a waiter] and that became embarrassing for me because folks would possibly well be appreciate, ‘Raab, what the f–ok are you doing right here?’ This young exiguous one became, appreciate, 16 and acknowledged, ‘I conception the Jackass guys had been slow, nonetheless now I do know they’re in truth slow’—and, appreciate, dude, I will impart you what, if you ever conception you desired to execute yourself—there would possibly be moderately one asserting that s–t and I are seeking to punch him within the face nonetheless I’m in a position to now no longer and I loyal wish to take this and I wish to hear it.”

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Brandon Novak

One other lifelong buddy of Margera’s, Novak looked in Jackass Quantity Two and Jackass 3D. He became moreover a heroin addict for 21 years, which he recounted in his memoir Dreamseller. He tried rehab rather a lot of cases, and would shatter with Margera between stints, which he admitted in a 2017 interview with Gorilla Movies wasn’t essentially the most easy decision. “After which with Bam and the group I ran with, you appreciate, all people cherished to receive collectively,” he acknowledged. “So if folks desired to be company with me, they came as much as me and handed me remedy. It is now no longer appreciate I became running with essentially the most sober of crowds.”

He would at final be asked to leave Margera’s apartment for the length of the taping of a 2007 episode of Radio Bam for lying about having heroin on him and became later kicked off an Australian tour. In 2010, he became arrested on an important warrant after visiting a smartly being facility for accidents sustained whereas filming Jackass 3D. And in early 2011, he admitted on Radio Bam that he’d dilapidated his cellmate’s urine to pass a drug take a look at whereas locked up and became therefore ordered support to jail for ten months. In 2015, he went into detox and has been sober ever since. 

“I’m in a position to in truth impart you I’ve never been happier in my existence,” he acknowledged in 2017. Care for, no bulls–t. After I focus on at colleges and all that, I impart them that sobriety has given me the total lot remedy and alcohol had promised me.”

(In the starting up published on January 27, 2019 at 3 a.m. PST.)

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