Johnny Knoxville Got Hurt Making 'Action Point' More Than In Any 'Jackass' Film
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Jackass star Johnny Knoxville has long had a reputation for doing the most hilariously painful and crass stunts possible - from playing tetherball with a beehive to his famous Bad Grandpa character.
Now Knoxville has spoken about his new film Action Point, his first ever narrative movie - not that you'll often find yourself watching a Johnny Knoxville film for the plot.
The film, set on a dodgy theme park which doesn't care much at all about safety standards, is said to contain some of Knoxville's most dangerous stunts ever, and Knoxville admitted he took more than a few knocks making it.
"I thought of the most painful stunts I could, and we made a film," he told VICE. "And boy did it cost me: I got more injured on this than on any Jackass film I've ever done. Because all the stunts we did were real.
"I asked the stunt guys, 'Look, we're gonna do them for real. So no pads, and no cutting on the action.' I felt kind of bad for asking them to do that, but actually they were psyched because they never get a chance to do that. There was a good energy on set."
Considering Knoxville plays D.C., the crackpot owner of the park who only cares about fun no matter how life-threatening it is, it's kind of par for the course that he was going to get hurt.
Some of the injuries he suffered making the film include four concussions, a broken hand, a torn meniscus and whiplash - but that isn't even the worst of it, as he even broke the orbital lamina bone in his eye.
Due to that injury, whenever Knoxville blew his nose, he actually blew air behind his eye, pushing it out of its socket. Doctors had to warn him not to blow his nose for six weeks. Try doing that when you've got hayfever.
"I got back from the emergency room one night from a gnarly concussion and I had a little blood in my nose, so I went to blow my nose, and when I blew it, my left eye popped out of its socket. It freaked me out," Knoxville said.
"I didn't know what to do so I popped it back in its socket, and I called the producer and said, 'Look, you have to come get me because my left eye just came out of my head.' He's like, 'Ahahahaha.' I'm like, 'I'm serious.' I had to go straight back into the emergency room."
The injury was so bad that the crew apparently had to limit filming to the right side of Knoxville's face on the last few days of shooting. Looking forward to some nice side-on shots then.
Action Point took a whopping three years to make so it's clear that it's a labour of love for Knoxville. Let's hope that it's just as funny as his Jackass days.