During Season 3 of “Jackass” in 2002, the series was massively successful. But also massively successful at that time was Brad Pitt. The actor was riding high from his hit movies “Fight Club” and “Ocean’s Eleven,” so you wouldn’t necessarily think performing on “Jackass” would be high up on his to-do list. Well, it seems the movie star wanted in on the action as he starred in two episodes of the show.
In Season 3, Episode 7, Pitt dons a gorilla suit with Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Chris Pontius, and Steve-O. In the “Night Monkey” bit, the five suited-up pranksters take to the streets of L.A. to cause a little bit of mayhem. They run around the city, jumping into bushes, playing in shopping carts, and crashing into each other on scooters.
Additionally, Pitt starred in the Season 3 finale for a bit called “The Abduction.” Just like it sounds, Pitt pretends to stand in line for a hot dog when a group of masked kidnappers suddenly yank him away while he thrashes. His performance was so convincing that several bystanders even tried to help — but to no avail.
Apparently, Pitt was ready to go on the show, Knoxville said on Hot Ones. “We were all like, oh, we really don’t want him to get hurt, because he’s Brad Pitt and he’s… But he did not care, he was ready to do it,” he recalled. “He was the first one in the middle of the street, we’re like, ‘No, no, no, no! Don’t do that!’ But he didn’t care.”