Twenty years ago, Johnny Knoxville and the rest of his country Donkeyes made an explosive debut on the big screen with the arrival of their first feature film. And we literally mean explosive. Released in theaters on October 25, 2002, Donkey: the movie You set out with the entire MTV series crew rolling down a steep hill in a giant shopping cart, with smoke bombs exploding all around them. It’s a $30 million action movie sequence, instead of the $5 million Paramount spent on the reality show-based movie.
“It was the only time we felt like we were making a movie for sure,” Donkey Star Stephen “Steve-O” Glover, told Yahoo Entertainment during a recent conversation about his new memoir, A strong kick in the nuts. ‘The whole first making process Donkey The movie felt a lot like how we made the TV show – it was kind of a slap dash. Once we all laughed, we knew we had it.” (Watch the video interview above).
In fact, as Steve-O reveals, the opening sequence was the last thing they shot for the movie. All of the other stunts – including “Alligator Tightrope” and “Wasabi Snooters” – were filmed in fast fashion on the TV show. Writer/director Spike Gornes has overseen the giant shopping cart, a creative force behind the scenes for a long time Donkey. “We’ve been rolling down that hill for two or three days,” Steve-O recalls. How much we pay attention to photography Donkey In the early days it was just as short as how much our audience would pay attention. It was hard for us to get started on that iteration.”
Speaking of difficulty, Steve-O found one of the film’s stunts so stressful that he flatly declined. That would be “Toy Car Up the Butt,” which would have required him to do exactly what the name suggests. It’s the first time he’s backtracked on a stunt, which he now says is “epic in its own way”.
With Steve-O out, Ryan Dunn stepped in and pushed a condom-covered toy car over his anus, before heading to a very confused doctor for an x-ray. “I got all these great shots that I fell back on,” he recalls. “And the way Ryan played, there was nothing that could be changed to make him better. It was the most creative and incredible thing ever portrayed.” (Dan died in a car accident in 2011).
Out of gratitude for his service, Steve-O planned to honor Dunn in ass foreverthe long-awaited fourth Donkey The feature premiered in theaters earlier this year. “I thought to back off the stunt, how Ryan wasn’t here to shoot the fourth movie,” he says. “I’ve talked about saying that Ryan stepped in to put the toy car in his butt when I backed off. Now that Ryan isn’t here, I want to step up and take it to a whole other level — put something up my ass that’s incredibly epic.”
But despite his passion for the idea of anal salutations, Steve-O says it was eventually snuffed out by the rest Donkey Gang. “Because I said it, I almost deprived myself of the ability to do it,” he says with a laugh. “This is the way out of Donkey Gimmick: by expressing your desire to do so. It takes all the fun out of the director.”
– Video produced by Olivia Schneider and edited by Elizaveta Katznelson
Donkey: the movie Currently streaming on Paramount+
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