Future of Jackass



Knoxville announced his retirement from participating in “Jackass” stunts following his brain hemorrhage and Bam Margera left the cast due to “breach of contract”. With the original cast developing gray hair and becoming more fragile, new cast members, such as Sean “Poopies” McInerney, carry on the torch for the series and its intrepid stunts.

Emilio Medina, Reporter

Long-time “Jackass” fans flocked to theaters as a new installment in the “Jackass” series released on February 4. Titled “Jackass Forever”, the movie continues the tradition of the series as a new reality comedy featuring dangerous stunts reuniting original cast members such as Johnny Knoxville, Stephen Glover and Jason Acuña, but introduces new cast members like Sean “Poopies” McInerney and Jasper Dolphin. 

“Jackass Forever” toppedSpider-Man: No Way Home’s” weekend box office release earning three million more than the arachnid film. Although the movie beat “Spider-Man’s” weekend release, the movie made $52 million as of February 28. “Jackass” forever falls behind as the least grossing “Jackass” movie following behind the first “Jackass” movie with a total gross of $64 million dollars.

Death-defying stunts took a toll on the cast members, especially the co-creator, Knoxville. According to Nova legal funding, the cast’s total medical costs increased to $24 million with the most expensive bill, endured during the new “Jackass Forever” movie, came from Knoxville suffering a $2.5 million brain hemorrhage going up against a bull. Scoring a 17 out of 100 in a cognitive attention span test following this injury, Knoxville stayed in the hospital for two months and underwent a series of 10 to 12 treatments. Knoxville also suffered from depression as a result of his brain hemorrhage. With $8 million dollars spent on medical bills, the star suffers long-term effects from his past stunts. For example, he still experiences vertigo from driving around corners caused by a knockout from a 400-pound boxer. Named the “king of jackasses”, Knoxville retires from the series as he marks his legacy in history.

Following his “Jackass” retirement, Knoxville leads a show named “Reboot” along with Keegan-Michael Key and Judy Greer exclusive to Hulu. Knoxville discussed plans for documentaries and projects working with the director of the “Jackass” series, Jeff Tremaine. Knoxville expressed that “Jackass Forever” may not act as the final “Jackass project, but as the last time he would be in front of the camera for the series.

“My doctor said I can’t take another shot to the head, I’ve had so many concussions. I put my family through enough, quite honestly. I don’t think I have anything else to prove,” Knoxville said.

Following the tradition of the past Jackass movies, a new film showing behind the scenes, outtakes, unused footage and interviews of the cast members named “Jackass 4.5”. Beloved by longtime and new fans alike, the series may or may not continue with the new spry cast as the original members dwindle 20 years into the series. 

“The whole original cast isn’t there, obviously Dunn died and Margera couldn’t sober up. All the new young people fill their spots really well though. I think forever is kinda like a test to see if they could make another jackass show or keep it going without having these old guys having to keep hurting themselves,” junior Shawn Benton said.