It turns out the medical bills for the Jackass cast cost over $24 million and honestly that seems quite low for that chaotic lot. Before obnoxious YouTube pranksters came along and ruined it all, Johnny Knoxville and co. were the low-brow, high-fun crew who made viewers cringe and wince at their ridiculous antics. Rarely, though, did us viewers probably ever think about just how much money their pain was costing.
As per Complex, a new study from Nova Legal Funding has sensationally examined the 79 injuries incurred by six members of the Jackass crew: Knoxville, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Ehren McGhehey, Dave England, Jason ‘Wee-man’ Acuña, and Preston Lacy. Amongst lots of broken bones, there’s also an alligator bite, a bruised coccyx, some replaced teeth, and even a brain haemorrhage.
In total, Nova Legal Funding estimated that those 79 injuries cost roughly $24,263,000. Going even further, when taking into account all stunt performers in the show’s run and unreported injuries, they estimated that the total medical bill would be closer to $38 million. Maybe Jackass missed a trick by not filming in the U.K. instead. You won’t be surprised to discover that Knoxville leads the way with $8,6663,000, followed by McGhehey with $7,380,000 (see the full list of injuries and costs).
Nova Legal Funding CEO Ron Sinai had this to say about the study: “While the majority of the injuries caused by the crew of Jackass are self-inflicted, and the average person doesn’t usually injure themselves this often, we wanted to show how much these painful accidents cost in medical bills, so fans of the show can appreciate the financial and medical consequences of living such an adrenaline-fuelled life!”
We’re only a few months away from the latest Jackass outing. Jackass Forever (it was during the filming of this film that Knoxville suffered that brain haemorrhage) is expected to be released in February, 2022. If that’s successful, expect the crew to keep adding to that huge medical bill for a few more years yet.
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