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The Only Thing That Makes The Jackass Cast Back Out Of A Stunt

"Jackass Forever" premiers on February 4, 2022, and when it does, it will mark the fourth overall movie in the "Jackass" franchise and the first since 2010's "Jackass 3D." "Jackass Forever" will look somewhat different than the other "Jackass" movies. All of the main cast members, like Johnny Knoxville, Chris Pontius, and Steve-O, are in their late 40's and early 50's, which obviously makes it more difficult to recover from injury. That's why the "Jackass" crew has added a new generation of stunt folks and pranksters. The new movie will feature Zach Holmes, Sean "Poopies" McInerney, Rachel Wolfson, Jasper Dolphin, Eric Manaka, and Compston "Darkshark" Wilson.

It makes sense why the "Jackass" crew is expanding when you consider all of the injuries the OG members have sustained. One bull riding stunt for "Jackass Forever" injured Johnny Knoxville so badly that it effectively ended his "Jackass" career. The boys and girls of "Jackass" have hurt themselves so many times for our amusement that it might seem like there's no stunt they wouldn't do.

But in a recent Reddit AMA, Knoxville revealed one stunt that got scrapped, for a very dark reason. 

It turns out the Jackass crew does have limits

Johnny Knoxvile and Chris Pontius sat down for a Reddit AMA on Tuesday, February 1, 2022. One of the questions posed came from Redditor u/Shelby71, who asked: "Is there a stunt you backed out of at the last minute, and if so, what was it and why?"

Here was Knoxville's reply:

"One day we both collectively decided not to do a stunt when we were going to go down a ski slope in Donner's Pass. There was a negative feeling on set since someone had died on the slope that day. When there is a feeling of negativity associated with a stunt, we decide to not continue with it."

Knoxville has spoken about this aborted stunt before. In 2010, while promoting "Jackass 3D," Knoxville told UWire about the decision not to film the ski stunt, which was supposed to take place near Lake Tahoe. "Donner's Pass" is indeed the same pass where the infamous Donner Party met their demise. Knoxville didn't describe the planned stunt, only saying that it involved going down a ski slope. It's unclear whether the stunt was any more dangerous than the typical "Jackass" fare, but the death of a skiier was enough to pull the plug.