Steve-O: The Convo Continues
You learn all sorts of interesting things when you interview Steve-O.
I mean you learn about the “good old days” (my expression, not his), when TV wouldn’t air craziness like him being shot up with five ounces of vodka or jumping out a plane without a ‘chute. You learn all about his comedy tour, and how being a reformed alcoholic/drug addict can really put you in a place to write a compelling tell-all memoir. (For more on this stuff, read the other half of this article in our summer issue.)
Cliq Magazine: Do you have any advice for people that are struggling with addiction, particularly college students?
Steve-O: There is no point in me giving advice. The solution is out there, you just have to find people who have experience being sober, and you let them show you the way. It’s really that simple. When you ask someone who is in recovery to help you get into recovery, you are really helping them by asking them that.
CM: I know you probably must get a lot of backlash from families and advocates and people like, “Oh, you’re influencing my child!” and stuff like that.
Steve-O: You know, we used to, but I think now with YouTube and all the social media, I really don’t think anyone puts it on us anymore. Maybe I’m wrong, but I haven’t felt that way. When we first started “Jackass” there was a lot of talk about that, and people were outraged. I don’t know if we just have been around so long that people have gotten used to us or the world has changed, so now it is more acceptable. I think that with our last movie we had a much more mainstream appeal somehow. We’ve been accepted somewhat.
CM: Tell us a little about the start of “Jackass.”
From when the show first started, I had a bunch of video clips. When I first got word that “Jackass” was no longer a pilot and that MTV had ordered the first season, I was instructed to pack up all of my video footage that I had, and I had quite a bit, and the idea was for them to take all my stuff and license it to put on MTV. I sent in all my best stuff, and I asked them what they were gonna use, and they said that unfortunately, not one clip cleared. They were like ‘Yeah, MTV is really touchy about fire, and in so many of your stunts you are on fire.’ And they got rules, like, if you jump off stuff, it has to be off a certain height. I was worried we weren’t gonna be allowed to really get something crazy. At the same time, I was grateful, because I knew I would be able to submit my own too-hot-for-TV-videos. Basically, whenever I came up with an idea that they said no to, I just went ahead and filmed it anyway and did it for my own Steve-O videos. And really, like the craziest, and really the darkest and most regrettable s*** went down on my own Steve-O video projects.
For more on Steve-O, read the cover interview in our summer issue (www.cliqmagazine.com/magazine) or visit www.steveo.com.