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Once upon a time, Stephen Glover, better known as Steve-O, was a loose cannon.
Picked up by Jeff Tremaine from a travelling circus, Steve-O became one of the stars of Jackass and his fearless, trouble-seeking character reached the public. All of a sudden it became apparent that the stunts he often performed were more of a lifestyle, rather than a TV show, as was his drug and alcohol addiction.
Luckily now he's taken himself away from PCP, weed, cocaine and drink, having been teetotal for a number of years. So now, we can get the real Steve-O.
He recently appeared on First We Feast's 'Hot Ones', eating extremely spicy
chicken vegan wings while answering questions about his life, past and present.
It comes as no surprise that the daredevil loves spicy food, and claims he rarely has a meal without hot sauce, especially when you consider there are clips of him putting it in his eyes, as well as snorting wasabi.
Ideally we'd like to direct you to one specific moment in the video, in which you can dig your teeth into a famed Steve-O anecdote, but really there are too many moments.
He speaks about breaking his skull at college, being a clown, skateboarding with Justin Bieber, his drug use, his shambolic rap career, and he even gets a call from Jackass leader Johnny Knoxville.
The stuntman started out as a well-travelled youngster. Born in London, he then moved to Canada, Brazil, Venezuela, Connecticut and finally Miami.
He attended both the University of Miami and the University of New Mexico, before dropping out of both. He went on to enroll at Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College in 1997, from which he graduated to become a professional clown.
He then performed as a clown in a flea market while filming his own stunts simultaneously.
He was a keen skateboarder, and still is to this day, but was an avid reader of skateboarding magazine Big Brother back then. He'd often send in videos of his stunts and skateboarding which Jeff Tremaine, then editor of the magazine and later the director of Jackass, liked. The videos Steve-O sent in lead to Tremaine drafting him into a provisional cast for the MTV series.
Despite having no camera presence early on, his dedication to doing fucked up yet entertaining stunts was lapped up.
In 2001, the 42-year-old released his first DVD solely surrounding himself, called Don't Try This at Home. The DVD sold 140,000 copies.
He went on to tour the DVD and performing stunts which were filmed and then released as a follow up, Don't Try This at Home Volume 2: The Tour.
Of course, it didn't take Steve-O long to immerse himself in trouble.
Since 2002, he has been arrested for obscenity, assault, multiple drug possessions, disorderly conduct, deadly misconduct, and most recently trespassing during a SeaWorld protest.
Following the success of the first Jackass film, director Jeff Tremaine created a spin-off series with Steve-O and fellow cast member Chris Pontius called Wildboyz. The show revolved around similar stunts seen on Jackass, but had heavy involvement with animals.
The show went on for four seasons, with Steve-O still highly intoxicated, and is cited as the reason for Tremaine reassembling the entire Jackass cast for Jackass Number 2.
When filming began for the sequel, Steve-O was seemingly reaching his peak with drug use, with his love for cocaine, marijuana and nitrous oxide being well-documented.
Not long after, on March 9, 2008, friends of the star received emails that suggested his possible suicide. Those close to Steve-O, including Johnny Knoxville, rushed him to a hospital immediately, where he received psychiatric treatment.
Steve-O originally thought his drug use was helping his bipolar disorder, but later conceded that it was doing nothing but harming those that he loved.
After 115 days of sobriety after his rehab treatment, Steve-O announced he was 'back in the loony bin', meaning he had returned to a mental institution.
He said: "I've had horrible mood swings and severe depression. My brain is fucked up from using so much cocaine, ketamine, PCP, nitrous oxide, and all sorts of other drugs."
Thankfully, and much to the delight of his friends, family and his own health, he is now eight years sober.
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