The Jackass franchise has been delivering stunts, pranks, and general nonsense to viewers for well over two decades. They’re not the kind of films to be honored at any major awards ceremonies, but if the Academy Awards would introduce the long-awaited Best Stunt category, there’s a strong chance the new Jackass Forever would have been in the running last weekend. Not only that, but the Jackass crew seems to know exactly the stunt that would have walked away with the big prize.
Johnny Knoxville took the most significant blow in Jackass Forever when a raging bull sent him flying through the air. While it was a sobering moment that landed the crew’s fearless leader in the hospital, they all seem to agree it’s the biggest stunt of the film. When asked which stunt would have a shot in this hypothetical Oscar category, longtime Jackass crew members Preston Lacy and Jason “Wee Man” Acuña said this:
Newcomers Rachel Wolfson and Sean “Poopies” McInerney seconded this notion, mentioning that Johnny Knoxville and the bull was the standout stunt. While Knoxville has been doing this job a long time and the franchise has seen some brutal injuries, specifically some gnarly ones taken by Knoxville himself, this one was different. He sustained a concussion, a broken wrist, some broken ribs, and even brain damage. After all of that, he still doesn’t regret it, because he got the footage.
While the incident seemed to be consistently brought up in the context of this Oscars conversation, some of the cast favored certain stunts for various other reasons. As another OG Jackass crew member, Chris Pontius, explained:
If you’re unfamiliar with the cup test, you may be able to gather what the concept is simply by the name. Let’s just say it involves one man wearing a protective groin cup, while another jumps on it with a pogo stick. It was rather hard to watch.
While an Academy Awards category for stunts would be great, and any Jackass film would certainly stand a chance to be included, the man who takes the bull by the horns, Johnny Knoxville, would apparently want nothing to do with it. Wee Man went on to explain that the crew’s leader isn’t in the game for the awards, but for the footage:
Everyone who grew up on Jackass should check out the film, as it will hit you right in the nostalgia. It was a great final outing for Knoxville, and it looks like there’s still more to see. Although the injuries were intense, do not fret, as Knoxville has healed up just fine. Although, some folks are more concerned about the bull. Jackass Forever is now available to purchase on digital. It will also be available on Blu-ray and DVD April 19!
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Jeff is a film buff who is full of gratitude that he gets to spout opinions about them for a living. He currently resides in Los Angeles, where he spends his time complaining about Los Angeles.