The “Jackass” guys have been doing their thing for a long time, and there are many compelling reasons to heed the show’s warning to “not attempt these stunts at home.” First, the sheer physical pain, which has been parlayed into laughs spread over three seasons of TV and multiple movies. The next-best reason, after it hurting like hell, is the insanely high medical bills you’d quickly rack up. In fact, a study was recently conducted on the Jackass stunts and it was determined the medical bills involved would tally up to $24 million.
That is a lot of Jackass-ery.
— The A.V. Club (@TheAVClub) September 11, 2021
Broken bones and battered brains definitely add up. Nova Legal Funding conducted the study, analyzing the fallout from every last stunt. This is why companies make you sign waivers, for literally everything, these days. Not all of us have a movie studio that can cover us if we’re squaring off with a rodeo bull or being shot out of a cannon.
They even broke it down by cast member, and it’s no surprise that the Jackassiest of them all, Johnny Knoxville, leads the way, wracking up nearly $9 million in medical fees. That tally got a hefty bump from the upcoming “Jackass Forever” as he suffered a brain hemorrhage and those, apparently, are not very cheap!
He’s had more concussions than an NFL player and a host of broken bones added to his tally. Ehren McGhehey broke his neck a few times and his back and racked up $7.4 million in injuries and Steve-O has broken everything on his body (even his soul) and managed to place third with $5.8 million worth of medical care.
They definitely carved out their own niche in the entertainment world by doing things no one else would, and now it’s clear they also did things no one else could afford to do. Getting hurt ain’t cheap.
“Jackass Forever” hits theaters in February of 2022.