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Jackass Star Johnny Knoxville Once Broke His Penis During A Stunt

Simon Catling

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Jackass Star Johnny Knoxville Once Broke His Penis During A Stunt

Featured Image Credit: Credit: BBC

As the co-creator and star of the infamous reality stunt show Jackass, Johnny Knoxville knows a thing or two about awful injuries - but his worst ever was probably a broken penis.

Appearing on the Graham Norton Show back in 2010, Knoxville was a guest alongside comedian Catherine Tate and the late Joan Rivers when he made his revelation as he spoke about previous knocks he'd picked up.

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He told the stunned chat show host: "I think the most psychologically damaging was when I broke my penis a few years ago.

"I was trying to back flip a motorcycle and I can't ride a motorcycle.

"I came off the ramp. I let go of the bike, it goes 20 feet in the air, and comes down and breaks its handlebars off of my crotch."

At this point we imagine every man reading this story will wince at this point.

Credit: BBC
Credit: BBC

Unsurprisingly, Knoxville was rushed straight to hospital to undergo surgery, and at the time of the interview said he was still having to use a '15 inch' catheter twice a day.

Evidently, though, it didn't ruin his penis completely because - as he quipped at the time - he's had a son since. In fact he's also had a daughter since too, so all must be working OK down there.

The fourth Jackass film Jackass Forever comes out in October after several Covid-related delays, and reunites all the original cast with the except of Ryan Dunn - who passed away in 2011 - and Bam Margera, who is currently suing Johnny Knoxville, Paramount and MTV after being fired from the set.

Whatever happens with the Margera situation, Knoxville has confirmed that this Jackass film will be his last, admitting that it's time to give his body a rest after decades of self-inflicted punishment.

Speaking to GQ, the 50-year-old said he just couldn't justify putting his body through the ringer another time.

He told the publication: "You can only take so many chances before something irreversible happens.

"I feel like I've been extremely lucky to take the chances I've taken and still be walking around."

He added: "I know what I signed up for, I wrote the stunts."

It's perhaps no surprise Knoxville is calling it a day given that both he and Steve-O were hospitalised on just the second day of filming.

This latest Jackass film is the first since 2010's Jackass 3D. The previous films, released in 2002 and 2006, were all box office hits.

At a budget of less than $20m for each film, they collectively brought in $335m at the box office around the globe.

It's clear that for a lot of people nothing beats seeing a bunch of middle-aged dudes inflict unholy physical punishment on themselves and each other.

Topics: TV and Film, Celebrity, Graham Norton, Jackass

Simon Catling
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