has spoken out about the darker aspects of the “Jackass” franchise, including his reaction to co-star Bam Margera
’s claims that he was fired from the upcoming film “Jackass 4.”
In a GQ profile published Tuesday, the franchise's co-creator was asked if he thought the series and movies
, "or the lifestyle
around it," were "responsible for exacerbating his friends
Steve-O, a Jackass cast member, has been open about his drug addiction
struggles over the years, while co-star Ryan Dunn was killed in a drunk driving accident in 2011.
Knoxville told GQ that losing Dunn was "heartbreaking," and that it was "tough when Steve-O was going off the rails" — but that he has "turned his life around" and is doing "terrific" now.
“I think each of us was responsible for his own actions,” Knoxville told GQ. “And when someone is struggling, everyone tries to help that person, but at the end of the day, that person has to want help. Sometimes they don’t. Yet.”
GQ then asked Knoxville if he was referring to anyone in the Jackass franchise in particular, implying Margera.
Knoxville "looked away, visibly emotional. Half a minute passed," according to the magazine, in response to this question.
“We want Bam to be happy and healthy and get the help he needs,” Knoxville eventually told GQ, “and we tried to push that along. I think that’s really all I really want to say about it.”
Margera has been a regular on TMZ recently, and he has blasted everyone on “Jackass 4” for his exclusion.
According to TMZ, he was originally cast in "Jackass 4," but he breached his contract because he refused to comply with production's conditions regarding his substance abuse, which included submitting to routine drug testing, taking breathalyzer tests, taking his medication, and seeing a psychologist.
The “Viva La Bam” singer has previously struggled with drug addiction and spent time in rehab.
Margera later told TMZ that the requirements he had to meet in order to be in the film were "torture."
I'm with Bam Margera pic.twitter.com/ZSTeCud1mj — COKELOGIC (@cokelogic) February 13, 2021
Margera confirmed to GQ that he was fired from the film due to a breach of contract.
Margera told GQ, "It breaks my heart because I've waited ten years for this."
When GQ informed Knoxville of Margera's response, the "Dukes of Hazard" star shut it down immediately.
“I don’t want to get into a public squabble with Bam,” Knoxville told the outlet, “I just want him to get better.”
GQ's Knoxville profile can be read in its entirety here.
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