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The One Jackass Stunt Johnny Knoxville Thinks Went Too Far

Knoxville revealed to Vulture that there is a stunt in “Jackass Number Two” that he regrets overseeing. The stunt in question was the “fishhook,” which saw Steve-O put a real fish hook through his cheek attached to a fishing pole. He then proceeded to jump into the ocean, still attached to the fishing pole, where there were many sharks swimming around. He was given no protective equipment, he was just in the open water with the sharks. Usually, “Jackass” stunts have comedic value, but this one is just kind of hard to watch.

Knoxville shared a similar sentiment describing his remorse over the stunt, telling Vulture that he had reservations about the scene when speaking with the director, “I remember talking to Jeff [Tremaine] when he told me the idea of the fishhook and casting Steve-O out to sea. I wasn’t fond of that idea.” He continued, explaining his exact issue with the scene in that the only comedic payoff would be if Steve-O was ultimately bit by a shark, which is obviously dangerous. “I thought that the only way that footage was usable is if it ended with Steve-O getting bit by a shark, but why would we do that? I didn’t think it was funny. I don’t want him missing a leg,” Knoxville added.

There was, thankfully, some kind of payoff to the stunt. “We still shot it and Steve-O kicked the shark in the nose before it bit him,” Knoxville said. “Now that’s funny.” At least, in the end, no sharks were hurt in the process and the most Steve-O had to suffer was a hook to the cheek.

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