Here was a group of 10 dudes—quasi-stuntmen, really—who seemed willing to do anything for a gag. Swallow a live goldfish only to regurgitate it right back up? Get gored by a bull?
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It is a continuation of the MTV television series Jackasswhich had completed its run. It was followed by a sequel, Jackass Number Two. In the ending of the film, Johnny Knoxville is launched from a catapult into a lake, where Rip Taylor sits in a boat, announcing that "this is the end.
And so begins Jackasswhich was either the most horrifying thing ever put on American television, the most awesome thing ever put on American television, or just the gayest in more ways than one thing ever put on American television. Or all three, as it depends on who you ask. One of Big Brother' s writers was struggling actor Johnny Knoxville, who pitched an article for Big Brother about being used as human guinea pig for various self-defense weapons, culminating in him being shot in the chest to test out a bulletproof vest. His editors decided to film the test and found it so funny, that they decided to commission several additional masochist-themed videos with the rest of the staff including Dave England and Chris Pontius and ex-Ringling Brothers clown Steve-O contributing material.
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Just sit back, relax, and enjoy all the times these brave souls suffered for our amusement. And cross your fingers that someday they will do it again. Oh and if you are worried about such things, be advised that there is some salty language in these clips.
Chances are Steve "Steve-O" Glover made you laugh. Sure, the stunts were ludicrous, the humor the very lowest of brow. But it was funny. Until, very suddenly and very frighteningly, it wasn't.
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