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Johnny Knoxville breaks down all the injuries of his career. From pepper spray and taser guns, to breaking his ankle crossing the LA river, to getting shot by a rocket over a lake and getting landed on by a motorbike, listen to Johnny break down the timeline of his injuries, Johnny's new movie Action Point is out now in theaters.

Warning. The stunts in this interview were performed by professionals, so for your safety and the protection of those around you, do not attempt any of the stunts you're about to see.
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Johnny Knoxville Breaks Down Every Injury of His Career | Vanity Fair
Warning. The stunts in this interview were performed by professionals, so for your safety and the protection of those around you, do not attempt any of the stunts you're about to see.
Warning do not attempt any of the stunts . you're about to see hello i'm johnny. knoxville and i'm breaking down all the . injuries of my career how delightful . [music]. well i'm johnny knoxville united states. of america i'll be doing a little higher . calling self-defense equipment i did . write an article where i tested four . different types of self defensive . equipment on myself pepper spray is . still one of the most painful things . i've ever endured in my life the pepper . spray is a continuous hell for 15 or 20 . minutes it's like someone lit a fire in . your eye and tried to put it out with . gasoline the stun gun when it hits you . do go down but to be able to hit someone . with it you are within reaching distance . you can get up pretty much immediately . from a stun gun a taser gun i don't . recommend either you feel the electric . shock but your muscles just give out and . turn into a noodle and you go down but i . did that twice in the first one i was . shirtless you know both of the barbs . have to go in to connect the circuit and . just standing there. only one went in and if that happens if . they were coming at you they're still . coming at you but pepper spray you can . do for like 15 feet and they are . worthless for at least 20 minutes . [music]. hi i'm johnny knoxville welcome to. jackass we did do three seasons jackass . on television and everything happened. very quickly i went from making 10 cents . a word writing for magazines and acting . in bud light commercials or whatever . commercials in to being on the cover of . the rolling stone and that's a pretty . big leap and it took a little getting . used to my name is johnny knoxville and . today i'm gonna jump the la river i . think we shot the roller jump for the. pilot of jackass the tv show you know i . was going to jump the la river which . sounds fantastic. in reality it's like it was about a five . foot section of the la river and i'm . super uncoordinated and it end with the. ended with a broken ankle when i . abruptly quit the television show mtv . was kind of stunned by it i hadn't read . any contracts and ignored that i really . care too so there's a lot of back and . forth about what was gonna happen next . and out of that came the first movie i'm . johnny knoxville and i'm going to grind . this rail i didn't think like a movie . version of the tv show didn't make sense . to me because i was thinking why would . they get actors to do that and then . spiker jeff's like no it's just like an . audio version of what we did on tv and . then that made sense to everybody . i'm johnny knoxville and i'm putter . vayne today we're gonna do a little . boxing hahaha . butterbean he's really strong and such a . wonderful spirit and so funny all day . long and polite. gonna have a fight and a swap meet soon . as he put the gloves on i said something . to him he just looked right through me . like he didn't even know me it really . changed him when he put the gloves on oh . well we need footage somebody ring the . bell let's get this over with that was . gnarly cuz he knocked me out on my feet . watch the footage he hits me and then i . fall all the way down and hit my head on . the concrete floors and it split my head . like a melon it sounds like i'm sleeping . it sounds like i'm snoring but my doctor . told me i was trying to swallow my . tongue at that point which you know . that's never good butterbean okay . i was a part of wild boys and i would go . out and film with them sometimes when i . was filming with the wild boys i think . we're in russia i was just enjoying . getting footage to the point where jeff . pulled me aside and goes if you're gonna . go this hard for wild boys why don't we . just do another movie i was like oh it's . not such a bad idea . ya jackass number two everyone they were . on their worst behavior this is the . budget oh yes. the rocket yeah we hired a part-time . rocket scientist and built one of those . acme rockets like you would see in you . know the roadrunner cartoons. there was eight to twelve metal foot . long metal rods metal rockets in capsule . into the cartoon looking device which we . built and upon ignition it exploded and . all eight of those foot long metal rods . took off in every direction one blew out . a hole in the rocket right next to my. ribs about that big one with three . hundred yards back and went between . casick and scott manning's ears and it . would have decapitated them that have . been picture rattling hello i'm johnny . knoxville and i'm about to back flip . this bike we were filming matt hoffman's . tribute to evel knievel i wasn't meant. to do a stunt for that i got to oklahoma . and everyone was having so much fun and . i decided well i want to have some fun . too and decided to try and back clip a . motorcycle but i can't ride a motorcycle . that well sometimes when people are . explaining how to do something to me . before stunts i'm not listening because . i just want to do the stunts whatever . you do do not ditch the bike right away. cuz if you go like this and ditch the . bike then it goes 40 feet in the air and . lands on you yeah yeah he was right i . tried it three or four times each time . it seems like i was less committed and . on the fourth time i'd come up the end . of the reign of let go of the bike it . launches 20-something feet in the air. and i fall back down on my back and my . knees are behind my ears like when i . fall ah and and right at that time the . motorcycle comes down and breaks its . handlebars off of my crotch and that was . a lot of impact but i felt like i was i . stood up and i felt like i was peeing . myself every time my heart would beat . blood would shoot out the end of my. penis and i walked over to the medic on . set and i said is this all right yeah he . said something we have to get you to the . hospital right now because you know you . may be bleeding internally i got blood . shooting out my bp i answered the only . body part that means anything to me yeah . that was old that was a weird injury . [music]. you always get footage when you film . with bulls people they're like oh we're . the color red around them and bulls . don't give a shit about the color red . they only care about movement and if . something moves they try to kill it . thank goodness yeah at the point i was . injured more than any film that i've . ever done four concussions broke my hand . busted my meniscus whiplash stitches . over my ride i lost a couple of teeth a . third ones maybe coming yeah the the . alpine slide we've been trying to . perfect that stunt for a while cuz i . kept wanting to go further and faster . the stunt guy traveled about 20 feet in . the air was about six feet off the . ground and when he was doing it it . seemed like he was hitting his feet and . rolling out of it so that's something i . didn't want to do i just kind of wanted . to let my feet hit and take it in the . shoulder i didn't think about what would . be following my shoulder and that's my . face so feet shoulder face like that . went to the emergency room got checked . out got home a little blood in my notes . so i blow my nose and when i blew my . nose my left eye popped out of its. socket and it was the more i blew the . farther it was coming and so that . freaked me out a little and i popped my . eye back in and called the executive . producer and said it might look i need . to go back to the hospital my i just . popped out he's like ah i'm like john my . eye just popped out he goes i'll be . right there five days later i was . walking on with pawnees we were just . coming back from a bar and he said . something funny and at this point the . doctor said you cannot sneeze or blow . your nose for six weeks but for some . reason that night i'll blame whisky when . he said something funny i went and held . by those at blue and they go don't again . at that time i was wearing a high . pache and so i just pushed on the patch . to put it back in and double vision but . it wasn't as bad as the first time but . all in the last three days of the film . they can only shoot the right side of my . face because my they at left side looked . like i look like a picasso painting it's . just a injury you're not expecting it's . like when i broke my penis i wasn't . expecting that was it all worth it yeah . yeah it was was that just a long way to . get to me breaking my penis . .
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