“Jackass 3D” hits theaters on October 15, quite literally taking fans into a new dimension as the antics of Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Bam Margera, Party Boy and the rest of the gang pop off of the screen for the first time. MTV spoke to Steve-O at last night’s VMAs about being a modern-day daredevil and what it’s like for him now, to perform these stunts with his clean and sober lifestyle.
“Being clear-headed and sober makes it more painful, more scary and the first thing I say is, ’I’m Steve-O, why do I have to be Steve-O?'” He endured the pain though — it can’t be worse than the personal demons he’s exorcised — and is excited to share the results with his fans. “I can’t wait. It’s going to be awesome. We made a great movie. Everybody’s gonna love it.”
As excited as he was to get back to working with his old pals, the “Jackass” star was happy to let their glorious leader take the biggest chances. “I was eager to do as much as I could,” he said. “I, unlike Johnny Knoxville and some of the other guys, was feeling pretty sure I didn’t want to risk paralysis or death.”
“Knoxville just needs to risk paralysis and death, but that being the case, I was really eager to get involved in as much stuff as I could, and I think I’m in this new movie more than either of the first two. It was a totally different me and it was a real blessing to do that.”