‘Jackass’ movies: Why was this restraining order filed against Bam Margera?
If you’re following Bam Margera on Instagram, then you know one of Jackass’s (formally) most lucrative stars has been having quite a year. In fact, his posts have reached a level of unhinged only rivaled by the likes of Kanye, Ronnie from Jersey Shore, or Shia LaBoeuf. Bam’s public meltdowns all stem from the upcoming installment to the Jackass movies.
Yes, folks – if you haven’t heard, Jackass 4 is a mere few months away from dropping, and the whole gang will be on the big screen, presumably getting hurt, pulling pranks, and trying to top Eric Andre’s Bad Trip. Well, not the whole gang. Bam has taken to Instagram the past several weeks telling fans he won’t be appearing with his buddies in the latest installment to the Jackass movies – and he’s not happy about it.
GQ ran an intimate interview with Jackass team captain Johnny Knoxville this week about the upcoming installment to the Jackass movies, which will be the last of the series.
The interview focuses on Knoxville’s long-standing career and reflects on the Jackass years and subsequent successful ventures like 2013’s Bad Grandpa, as well as the stuntman’s harrowing injuries.
Knoxville has had a wild ride through his rise to fame, and told GQ highlights like how an Evel Knievel stunt gone awry left him using a catheter for three years, and how he ended up in a hotel room with Hunter S. Thompson, Sean Penn, Jude Law, and a bottle of Vicodin. Knoxville didn’t have any public struggles with drug abuse during his career, but much of the Jackass crew can’t say the same.
Rise & demise
TooFab reported this week about Bam’s firing from the upcoming final installment to the Jackass movies, and Bam’s canning comes from the struggles he and many of his co-stars faced over the years during & since the Jackass heyday.
Any fan of Jackass knows Steve-O has had an extremely public battle with substance abuse and has been sober for over a decade since Johnny Knoxville organized an intervention for the self-proclaimed wild boy.
Furthermore, Ryan Dunn’s tragic drunk driving accident leading to his death in 2011 was even more publicized. Dunn was a long-time close friend of Bam Margera, and anyone who’s followed Bam over the years knows Dunn’s death drew out his own personal demons. Bam’s own struggles seem to have knocked him off the latest Jackass project.
Off the project
Bam has been vocal over the past few months on Instagram, telling his fans he was unfairly fired from Jackass 4, and targets director Jeff Tremaine and long-time collaborators Spike Jonze & Knoxville for getting canned.
TooFab reports Margera was kicked off the upcoming sequel to the Jackass movies because he didn’t abide by guidelines set for the film requiring him to remain sober.
This report is underscored by former co-star Steve-O’s comments on one of Margera’s most recent Insta tirades, telling Bam “everyone bent over backwards to get you in the movie, and all you had to do was not get loaded. You’ve continued to get loaded, it’s that simple”. However, Steve-O’s tough love only comes after weeks of Bam’s unsettling posts, nearly all of which have dozens of comments telling the former pro skater to get help.
For all Bam’s hateful words toward his former co-stars on social media, they all seem to maintain nothing but love for their Jackass bro. Along with a great percentage of Bam’s followers on social media, his former co-stars seem to just want the best for Bam.
Steve-O wrapped up his comment on Insta saying, “We all love you every bit as much as we all say we do”, and all Knoxville had to tell GQ when poked about Bam was “we want Bam to be happy and healthy and get the help he needs . . . I don’t want to get into a public back-and-forth with Bam . . . I just want him to get better”.
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