The High Art Of Jackass

Megastar masochist Johnny Knoxville creates a new kind of comedy, a movie all about hurting himself

Johnny Knoxville stumbles into the Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, Calif., shivering and bleeding from his head, woozy with a concussion--but the staff just laughs at him. "Hey, it's Johnny Knoxville!" yells a male nurse. "A stunt must have gone bad, huh?" Knoxville has a blood-soaked gauze tourniquet wrapped around the top of his head and is wearing a pink bathrobe; he looks like a cross-dressing Civil War re-enactor. He needs half a dozen or so stitches to the back of his scalp but decides to leave the hospital when the doctors refuse to let the surgery be filmed. As...

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