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Johnny Knoxville Suffered Brain Damage Following Brutal 'Jackass Forever' Stunt

Ewan Moore

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Johnny Knoxville Suffered Brain Damage Following Brutal 'Jackass Forever' Stunt

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Next month will finally see the launch of Jackass Forever. The long-awaited fourth instalment in the hugely popular franchise arrives in cinemas February 4, which is something of a miracle given the frankly ludicrous amount of setbacks its hit on the road to release.

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It's unclear what the future might hold for the Jackass crew going forward. But for Johnny Knoxville, Jackass Forever may well be his last dalliance with extreme stunts after a brutal encounter on the latest movie left him with brain damage.

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Speaking on The Howard Stern Show, Knoxville revealed that a stunt with a bull in Jackass Forever left him seriously wounded. A broken wrist and several broken ribs were just the tip of the iceberg, as he also suffered a brain hemorrhage as the result of a nasty concussion.

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“My cognitive abilities were in steep decline after that hit,” Knoxville explained. “The bull hit was the worst hit I’ve ever taken from a bull or maybe period. I remember taking some tests. The neurosurgeon said, ‘Do you have trouble paying attention right now?’ I said, ‘Yeah, why?’ He goes, ‘Because you scored a 17 on [your attention].’ That’s out of 100.

“I had to go under all these type of treatments. This transcranial magnetic stimulation, which they buzz your head with these magnets for about 30 minutes at a time for like, oh God, I would say 10 to 12 treatments over a series of two months, and it’s supposed to help with depression and help with my cognitive skills. It was a tough one to come back from. I was trying to edit the movie at the time, but I couldn’t sit still.”

Knoxville added that this particular injury had a serious impact on his emotional and mental wellbeing, which he explained is not something he was used to experiencing.

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“I did slip into a little bit of a depression with this last concussion," he revealed. “That hasn’t happened before. My brain was just playing tricks on me. I got really depressed and over-focused on things. I did have to start medication for the first time in my life. It completely turned me around — that and doing therapy. It was a really hard recovery from this last injury, but I’m great now. I feel like I’m the healthiest I’ve ever been.”

Maybe surviving a head-on encounter with a raging bull is a good place to end your stunt career, to be fair.

Topics: TV And Film

Ewan Moore
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