Everyone knows the Jackass crew. Those guys you hardly ever see because you’re too busy covering your eyes in horror or disgust. It’s just one of those things that you hate to love. With guys like Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, and Chris Pontius, Jackass has an all-star cast of mischievous fellas. Jackass, the television show, was introduced in 2000. But that was not the first chapter in the Jackass history book. There were actually four movies before the Jackass series had been released, previously known as CKY (Camp Kill Yourself). Made up of many familiar faces still around today, like Bam Margera, and Ryan Dunn. The first film, Landspeed presents: CKY, was released in 1999. Three others followed closely behind, CKY2k, CKY3, and CKY4: The Latest & Greatest. At this time the group consisted of Bam, his brother Jess Margera, Ryan Dunn, Chris Raab, Rake Yohn, and do you remember all the good times with Bam’s parents on Viva La Bam? Well, that began a long time ago, in a world called CKY. Around the same time a young man named Philip John Clapp, better known as Johnny Knoxville, had a certain television producer, Jeff Tremaine and a show on MTV in the works. They were in desperate need of a crew, and a few ideas. Formarly known as Stephen Gilchrist Glover, SteveO has a very unexpected background that ended him up on one of the highest rated television series of all time. He was born in London, and lived in England for many years, because his father was president of the South American Pepsi-Cola division. Traveling from Brazil, to Venezuela, and Uganda, where he spoke his first words in Portuguese. When SteveO arrived in America, he began sending videos of himself to Big Brother Magazine editor Jeff Tremaine. SteveO’s first act was, and still is, a very famous shot, still played on MTV today. He did not hesitate to swallow a goldfish alive, and proceed to throw it back up into its bowl, still alive. Which is nothing compared to their stunts and antics of today.
When CKY, Jackass, and SteveO came together in 2000 to begin shooting for Jackass the television series, no one was sure what to expect. Well ten years later, with a pretty long resume, Jackass has litterly taken over the world at times. With shows that followed in its footsteps like, Viva La Bam, Wildboyz, Dr.SteveO, Homewrecker, Blastazoid, and inspiring shows like Nitro Circus. Jackass, as you can imagine, has been involved in quiet a bit of controversy over the years. Still, surprisingly, MTV was sued for $10 million by a man named Jack Ass, who changed his name in 1997 to raise awareness for drunk driving, after his brother and friend were killed in a vehicle accident, according to HighBeam Research. Jackass the television show was followed by Jackass: The Movie, Jackass Number Two, Jackass 2.5, and more recently Jackass 3D.
Earlier movies consisted of Haggard: The Movie, and Don’t Try This at Home: The SteveO Video.
Along with a television series and movie deals, Jackass also came out with a video game, Jackass: The Game. As well as holding an MTV 24 hour, Jackass Taveover. Consisting of Jackass clips, the crew doing crazy stunts and tricks, and a few other amusing things. While stirring up quiet a bit of contraversie…of course. MTV has allowed the guys of Jackass to do nearly everything they want, including the Jackass World presents: Matt Hoffman’s Tribute to Evil Knievel in 2008. Knoxville was reported by SlashFilms as saying, “We shot two movies’ worth of footage. We have so many bits that we never even turned in to Paramount because we were so swamped with ideas – funny stuff. The bits were just coming out of us left and right.” Hinting at a release of Jackass 3.5, set to be around Christmas 2010.
Article by GaryGozaII