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Johnny Knoxville Breaks Down Every Injury of His Career | Vanity Fair

Johnny Knoxville breaks down all the injuries of his career. From pepper spray and taser guns, to breaking his ankle crossing the LA river, to getting shot by a rocket over a lake and getting landed on by a motorbike, listen to Johnny break down the timeline of his injuries.

Warning do not attempt any of the stunts you’re about to see hello i’m johnny knoxville and i’m breaking down all the injuries of my career how delightful well i’m johnny knoxville united states of america i’ll be doing a little higher calling self-defense equipment i did write an article where i tested four different types of self defensive equipment on myself

Pepper spray is still one of the most painful things i’ve ever endured in my life the pepper spray is a continuous hell for 15 or 20 minutes it’s like someone lit a fire in your eye and tried to put it out with gasoline the stun gun when it hits you do go down but to be able to hit someone with it you are within reaching distance you can get up pretty much immediately

From a stun gun a taser gun i don’t recommend either you feel the electric shock but your muscles just give out and turn into a noodle and you go down but i did that twice in the first one i was shirtless you know both of the barbs have to go in to connect the circuit and just standing there only one went in and if that happens if they were coming at you they’re

Still coming at you but pepper spray you can do for like 15 feet and they are worthless for at least 20 minutes yeah hi i’m johnny knoxville welcome to jackass we did do three seasons jackass on television and everything happened very quickly i went from making 10 cents a word writing for magazines and acting and bud light commercials or whatever commercials in

To being on the cover of the rolling stone and that’s a pretty big leap and it took a little getting used to my name is johnny knoxville and today i’m gonna jump the la river i think we shot the roller jump for the pilot of jackass the tv show you know i was going to jump the la river which sounds fantastic in reality it’s like it was about a five foot section

Of the la river and i’m super uncoordinated and it end with the ended with a broken ankle when i abruptly quit the television show mtv was kind of stunned by it i hadn’t read any contracts and ignored that i really care too so there’s a lot of back and forth about what was gonna happen next and out of that came the first movie i’m johnny knoxville and i’m going to

Grind this rail i didn’t think like a movie version of the tv show didn’t make sense to me because i was thinking why would they get actors to do that and then spiker jeff’s like no it’s just like a nadya version of what we did on tv then that made sense to everybody i’m johnny knoxville and i’m cutter vain today we’re gonna do a little boxing hahaha butterbean

He’s really strong and such a wonderful spirit and so funny all day long and polite gonna have a fight in the swap meet soon as he put the gloves on i said something to him he just looked right through me like he didn’t even know me it really changed him when he put the gloves on oh well we need footage somebody ring the bell let’s get this over with that was

Gnarly cuz he knocked me out on my feet watch the footage he hits me and then i fall all the way down and hit my head on the concrete floors and it slipped my head like a melon it sounds like i’m sleeping it sounds like i’m snoring but my doctor told me i was trying to swallow my tongue at that point which you know that’s never good butterbean okay i was a part

Of wild boys and i would go out and film with them sometimes when i was filming with the wild boys i think we’re in russia i was just enjoying getting footage to the point where jeff pulled me aside and goes if you’re gonna go this hard for wild boys why don’t we just do another movie i was like oh it’s not such a bad idea ya jackass number two everyone they were

On their worst behavior this is the budget oh yes the rocket yeah we hired a part-time rocket scientist and built one of those acme rockets like you would see in you know the roadrunner cartoons there was eight to twelve metal foot long metal rods metal rockets in capsule into the cartoon looking device which we built and upon ignition it exploded and all eight of

Those foot long metal rods took off in every direction one blew out a hole in the rocket right next to my ribs about that big one with 300 yards back and went between casick and scott manning’s ears and it would have decapitated them that have been picture wrap hello i’m johnny knoxville and i’m about to back flip this bike we were filming matt hoffman’s tribute

To evel knievel i wasn’t meant to do a stunt for that i got to oklahoma and everyone was having so much fun and i decided well i want to have some fun too and decided to try and back clip a motorcycle but i can’t ride a motorcycle that well sometimes when people are explaining how to do something to me before stunts i’m not listening because i just want to do the

Stunts whatever you do do not ditch the bike right away because if you go like this and ditch the bike then it goes 40 feet in the air and lands on you yeah yeah he was right i tried it three or four times each time it seems like i was less committed and on the fourth time i’d come up the end of the ramp let go of the bike it launches 20-something feet in the air and

I fall back down on my back and my knees are behind my ears like when i fall all right and and right at that time the motorcycle comes down and breaks its handlebars off on my crotch and that was a lot of impact but i felt like i was i stood up and i felt like i was peeing myself every time my heart would beat blood would shoot out the end of my penis and i walked

Over to the medic on set and i said is this alright yeah he said something we have to get you to the hospital right now because you know you may be bleeding internally i got blood shooting out my bp i answered the only body part that means anything to me yeah that was oh that was a weird injury you always get footage when you film with bulls people they’re like

Oh we’re the color red around them and bulls don’t give a about the color red they only care about movement and if something moves they try to kill it thank goodness yeah an exit point i was injured more than any film that i’ve ever done four concussions broke my hand busted my meniscus whiplash stitches over my ride i lost a couple of teeth a third ones maybe

Coming yeah the the alpine slide we’ve been trying to perfect that stunt for a while cuz i kept wanting to go further and faster the stunt guy traveled about 20 feet in the air was about six feet off the ground and when he was doing it it seemed like he was hitting his feet and rolling out of it so that’s something i didn’t want to do i just kind of wanted to let

My feet hit and take it in the shoulder i didn’t think about what would be following my shoulder and that’s my face so feet shoulder face like that went to the emergency room got checked out got home a little blood in my notes so i blow my nose and when i blew my nose my left eye popped out of its socket and it was the more i blew the farther it was coming and so

That freaked me out a little and i popped my eye back in and called the executive producer and said it might look i i need to go back to the hospital my eye just popped out he’s like ah i’m like john my eye just popped out he goes i’ll be right there five days later i was walking out with pontes we were just coming back from a bar and he says something funny and

At this point the doctor said you cannot sneeze or blow your nose for six weeks but for some reason that night i’ll blame whisky when he says something funny i went and held by those at blue inigo don’t again that time i was wearing a pirate patch and so i just pushed on the patch to put it back in and double vision but it wasn’t as bad as the first time but all

In the last three days of the film they can only shoot the right side of my face because my they at left side looked like i look like a picasso painting it’s just a injury you’re not expecting it’s like when i broke my penis i wasn’t expecting that was it all worth it yeah yeah it was was that just a long way to get to me breaking my penis

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