Jackass Star Johnny Knoxville Describes Traumatic Brain Injury Suffered From New Movie

By Spencer Perry
It’s not a secret that the cast members of Jackass have been injured in service of their craft over the years but the upcoming Jackass Forever might have given franchise star Johnny Knoxville. In a previous interview the stuntman/actor confirmed that one stunt in the new movie caused him a “broken wrist, broken rib, concussion and brain hemorrhage,” and if you’ve seen the trailer you can probably guess which one it was (it involved a bull, a favorite of his). Speaking on The Howard Stern Show, as noticed by our sister site Pop Culture, Knoxville opened up about how serious his brain damage was after this stunt, revealing it impaired his cognitive abilities. 
“I got a brain hemorrhage from that so my cognitive abilities were in steep decline after that hit,” Knoxville revealed. “No one in my family is happy with the stunt and the bull hit was the worst hit I’ve ever taken from a bull or maybe period. Like I said my cognitive abilities really declined. I remember taking some tests and the neurosurgeon said, ‘Do you have trouble paying attention right now?’ I said, ‘Yeah, why?’ He goes, ‘Because you scored a 17 on (the test)….’ That’s out of 100….I laugh now, at the time I was like ‘Oh No.'”
He went on to talk about the treatments he had to undergo to help him here, which sound like something they might do on Jackass if they weren’t so serious.
“I had to go under all these types of treatments, this transcranial magnetic stimulation, which they buzz your head with these magnets for about 30 minutes at a time for like, oh God, I would say 10 to 12 treatments over a series of two months and it’s supposed to help with depression and help with my cognitive skills. It was a tough one to come back from. I was trying to edit the movie at the time but I couldn’t sit still.”
Knoxville went on to describe that this concussion he suffered caused him to go into “a little bit of a depression,” revealing that his doctor told him that he cannot take any more hits to the head.
“My brain was just playing tricks on me. I got really depressed and over-focused on things,” he added. “I did have to start medication for the first time in my life. It completely turned me around – that and doing therapy. It was a really hard recovery from this last injury, but I’m great now. I feel like I’m the healthiest I’ve ever been.”
Jackass Forever is scheduled to be released in theaters on February 4th.  
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