Jackass 4's Johnny Knoxville Suffered Brain Hemorrhage Filming One Of The Stunts

Knoxville also talks about the situation with Bam Margera, who says he was fired from the film.


Jackass 4 is coming this year, and now Johnny Knoxville has shared some insight into a number of aspects about it like its stunts, the drama with Bam Margera, and why he was hesitant to make the movie in the first place.

Speaking to GQ, Knoxville shared a story of a stunt that went horribly wrong. The idea was for Knoxville to perform a magic trick for a bull. Knoxville did the trick and the bull smacked Knoxville so hard that he flew threw the air and completed one and a half rotations.

Knoxville's head hit the ground first, and it was a "bad one," director Jeff Tremaine said. "I'll never f**king unsee it," Steve-O added.

Knoxville was knocked unconscious for over a minute. When Knoxville finally woke up and was told what happened, he remarked, "Well, I guess that bull just didn't like magic."

He went to the hospital in an ambulance where doctors treated him for a broken rib, a broken wrist, a concussion, and a hemorrhage on his brain.

Knoxville said of the injuries he sustained, "I wanted the footage. I have to take responsibility for wanting the footage."

One of the reasons why Knoxville was hesitant to even make Jackass 4 was over concerns about injuries, and specifically concussions. He recalls thinking before filming, "I can't afford to have any more concussions. I can't put my family through that."

Steve-O, too, said he thought Jackass 4 might never get made--and he was OK with that. "Every movie that we ever made was the f**king last one. And not just the last one, but declared as the last one," he said.

"Filming Jackass at this age is much the same as it ever was, with two big differences--our bones break significantly easier. And it takes less to knock us completely unconscious. Plus longer to wake up," he said.

Tremaine said he was concerned about whether or not people would even want to watch a fourth Jackass movie. "How are people going to take it? Like, do people want to see a bunch of middle-aged dudes kick each other in the dicks?" he said. Steve-O said he worried that someone on the cast might have a horrible injury or accident.

"I thought going into Jackass 4, after everything we've been through, and everything we've built, all it takes is one stupid f**ing accident to just erase it. Just turn it all into a negative. To be like, 'Oh, these f**king dumb assholes. What did you f**king expect?'" he said. "But we went ahead and f**king did it."

Finally, Knoxville spoke briefly about the situation with Jackass star Bam Margera, who will not be involved in the fourth movie. Margera told GQ that he was fired from the movie, and he said this hurts him deeply because he waited a decade to be in the movie.

Knoxville wouldn't be drawn into specifics about the situation with Margera, but he remarked, "We want Bam to be happy and healthy and get the help he needs. We tried to push that along. I think that's all I really want to say about it. I don't want to get into public back-and-forth with Bam. I just want him to get better."

Jackass 4 is due out in theaters on October 22, 2021. It's the first Jackass film since 2010's Jackass 3D, not counting the Bad Grandpa spinoff.

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