Johnny Knoxville Performs His Final Stunt

Johnny Knoxville Performs His Final Stunt

Johnny Knoxville Performs His Final Stunt

Johnny Knoxville prepares to release his 4th and final Jackass film in the fall

Johnny Knoxville prepares to release his 4th and final Jackass film in the fall

Text: Michelle Diaz

Courtesy of GQ. Photographer Katy Grannan.

Johnny Knoxville has performed his final stunt. In an interview with GQ, the 50-year-old stuntman disclosed that the fourth upcoming Jackass film will be his last. It’s been over a decade since the infamous stunt franchise created something together.

When Knoxville started in this line of work, growing old wasn’t something that was lingering in his mind. “Half-ass stuntmen don't really think long-term,” he said.

Knoxville moved from Tennessee to California after high school with hopes of making a mark. He was never afraid of putting his body to the test with the intention of getting noticed. After numerous magazines wouldn’t publish his outlandish idea of testing various self-defense equipment on himself as a homage to his hero, gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, editor Jeff Tremaine from Big Brother magazine, agreed to film it. That’s when Jackass was born.

It began as an MTV television series that premiered in 2000 and it only aired for three seasons. The series was based on a cast of nine guys, most are professional skateboarders, who would pranks or stunts on each other and the public. Knoxville didn’t expect anything to come from the outrageous show, but it gained a cult following and is embedded in early 2000s pop culture.

Since the show went off air, it has expanded into a full-blown movie franchise, along with inspiring more cringe-worthy comedies like Bad Grandpa and Netflix’s recent release Bad Trip with Eric Andre and Lil Rel.

This fall, the fourth of the Jackass films will be released and it’s Knoxville’s last contribution to the franchise.

Looking back at all the absurdity, Knoxville said “You can only take so many chances before something irreversible happens. I feel like I've been extremely lucky to take the chances I've taken and still be walking around.”

The secret to the success of the controversial franchise is owed to Knoxville’s obsession of creating good footage that would keep viewers on their toes and wanting more.

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