Anyone who was even remotely present in the early 2000s has probably heard of the Jackass Crew. Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, and even Bam Margera (who may be considered a former Jackass crew member now) were everywhere and rose to the height of their fame by performing dangerous and, admittedly, stupid stunts in front of a camera. This resulted in some pretty awful injuries. Jackass Forever is almost here, and bringing with it a ruptured testicle. Cast member “Danger” Ehren McGhehey got a pretty roughed up testicle from a stunt, Knoxville confirms the stuntman had to leave the set in an ambulance.
Ahead of the theatrical release of Jackass Forever, Johnny Knoxville appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and recounted the day “Danger” Ehren McGhehey took an injury to his testicle, saying that the stunts that made it into the film are just a portion of the damaging forces McGhehey had to endure that day. The bit they were filming with McGhehey was the “cup test” skit from the very first Jackass, which was then performed by Knoxville himself, where the stunt man wore a cup and took varying degrees of force to his nuts.
Apparently there were a lot of takes and a lot of different cup tests to perform, but a pogo stick to the groin is what ended up with the star being taken away in an ambulance. Here it is in Johnny Knoxville’s own words:
Yeah, taking hits to the groin sounds super unpleasant. However, I don’t know what would hurt worse: the pain of a ruptured testicle or the crushing fact that no one checked up on me after I left in an ambulance. That’s pretty harsh.
However, the guys from the Jackass team are used to trips to the hospital, and Jackass Forever resulting in many hospital visits. Johnny Knoxville is also no stranger to having his man-bits destroyed. He walked away with a broken penis from a Jackass stunt, so it may be that this injury prone lifestyle is no biggie to the guys behind the stunt franchise.
However unpleasant the ordeal sounds, it doesn’t seem like the experience has caused any bad blood or regret from performing the stunts. In fact, no matter how bad the guys from Jackass get hurt, it seems like they genuinely always want more. Luckily, people love the masochistic franchise, and you can watch the resulting 4th film when Jackass Forever joins the new film releases in theaters this Friday, February 4th.
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