Johnny Knoxville suffered brain damage after ‘Jackass Forever’ stunt

“The bull hit was the worst hit I’ve ever taken from a bull, or maybe period”

Johnny Knoxville has revealed he suffered brain damage following a stunt with a bull in Jackass Forever.

Knoxville, who makes his final Jackass appearance in the film, said a stunt where he’s knocked into the air by a bull left him with severe injuries, including a broken wrist, broken ribs and a concussion that resulted in a brain haemorrhage.

Speaking about the incident on Howard Stern’s radio show, Knoxville said: “Yeah, I got a brain haemorrhage from that. So my cognitive abilities were in steep decline after that hit.”

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He added: “No one in my family is happy with the stunts. The bull hit was the worst hit I’ve ever taken from a bull, or maybe period.

“I remember taking some tests. The neurosurgeon said, ‘Do you have trouble paying attention right now?’ I said, ‘Yeah, why?’ He goes, ‘Because you scored a 17 on [your attention].’ That’s out of 100.

“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 said he feels he’s “done enough” stunts following the bull hit, adding that he suffered depression after the concussion which “hasn’t happened before”.

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“I can’t take any more hits to the head,” 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.”

Knoxville has previously described an injury to his penis as one of the most painful from Jackass, after he tried to perform a backflip on a motorcycle in 2007.

Jackass Forever will be released in cinemas on February 4.

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