Is Johnny Knoxville the Gayest Straight Guy Ever?
By Will Doig
Johnny Knoxville has taken the theory that scars are sexy to a disturbing extreme.
�Hands, arms,� he says, ticking off his history of bone fractures. �Ankles two or three times apiece. I never really counted.� Certifiable behavior�when it doesn�t net $80 million, the Jackass movie franchise�s total haul to date (the film cost $5 million to make). The sequel, Jackass: Number Two, is currently in production. �I think I might have to have surgery on my shoulder after this movie,� Knoxville muses nonchalantly, as if he is talking about helping himself to seconds of chicken-fried steak. �I postponed one earlier because�well, no sense in getting it fixed if I�m just going to rip it again.�
Jackass, which premiered as a 30-minute television series for MTV six years ago and will spawn its second feature-length movie this fall, began with Knoxville, a handgun, a Kevlar vest, and a simple idea. For a skateboarding magazine, Knoxville videotaped himself testing various types of self-defense weaponry, including a 38-millimeter handgun that he borrowed from his neighbor�s wife and with which he shot himself in the chest. He Tasered and stun-gunned himself. He shot pepper spray directly into his eyes, a stunt that he counts as his most painful to date. �It�s in your eyes for 15 minutes,� he says. �Someone told me to pour milk in my eyes. Milk doesn�t do a thing.�
These videotapes begat Jackass and jump-started Knoxville�s acting career. �We didn�t even think it could be a television show,� he says. �I didn�t realize it would take off and do what it did�whatever that was.� Six-foot-one with a dark, square-jawed face, fine abs, and a pickup truck�owner�s sense of style (he actually drives a black 1970 Cadillac), his look would help him get his foot in the door. Jackass added the necessary r�sum� item and helped him land roles as a manipulative skateboard promoter in Lords of Dogtown, as a chronically aroused Luke Duke in The Dukes of Hazzard, and as the leader of a band of sex addicts in A Dirty Shame, where director John Waters dubbed the Jackass team �his most favorite gay straight guys ever.�
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