Johnny Knoxville talks about his brain damage suffered from 'Jackass Forever' stunt

“My cognitive abilities were in steep decline after that hit."
27 January 2022 7:06AM

After a 10 year hiatus and multiple delays due to COVID-19, Jackass Forever is finally hitting cinemas on Feb fourth.

The film will mark Johnny Knoxville's last involvement with Jackass and probably with crazy stunts all together. He said back in May 2021, 

"You can only take so many chances before something irreversible happens. I feel like I've been extremely lucky to take the chances I've taken and still be walking around."

During the filming, Knoxville was charged at by a bull, and suffered some gnarly injuries including a broken wrist, broken ribs, and a concussion that resulted in a brain hemorrhage.

Speaking to Howard Stern recently, he opened up a little more about his brain damage.

“My cognitive abilities were in steep decline after that hit,” he said, “The bull hit was the worst hit I’ve ever taken from a bull or maybe period...

"I had to go under all these type 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 explained that for the first time in his life, he experience depression after the concussion. He said:

"My brain was just playing tricks on me. I got really depressed and over-focused on things. 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."

That wasn't the only injury that members of Jackass faced while filming the upcoming movie. Just two days into it, Knoxville and Steve-O were hospitalised for "jumping on a full-speed treadmill with band equipment."

Have a watch of the interview up top.