Steve-O from ‘Jackass’ talks about his craziest stunt but: Self-help writer

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It’s not that Steve-O needs to die. He simply doesn’t wish to develop previous both.

At least, that’s what he says the primary chapter of his new e-book, “A Hard Kick within the Nuts: What I’ve Learned from a Lifetime of Terrible Decisions,” is about.

In the chapter, aptly titled “Don’t be Afraid of Death, Be Afraid of Getting Old,” he admits to feeling jealous when his “Jackass” co-star Ryan Dunn died in a fiery automobile crash in 2011 at age 34, only a few months after the discharge of the third installment of the “Jackass” movie franchise.

“My tackle dying was – and I say in (the e-book) and I’ve by no means stated this anyplace else – that on the level when Ryan Dunn died, we had simply had a No. 1 film come out. It was barely six months (after) the (launch of a) No. 1 field workplace hit film. And I say he was younger, he appeared nice, he’d by no means been in any monetary misery, he was on prime of the world,” Steve-O explains. “He’d by no means gotten to a degree the place he was in any undignified place. (He) didn’t need to develop previous, didn’t need to have his physique deteriorate. He went out on prime, you recognize? In my view, he went out on prime, and I felt like a part of me, if not all of me, felt jealous of that.”

Now 48, Steve-O has realized the worth of ageing.

He’s matured, he says. He’s been sober for 14 years, and after we spoke, he was on a 985-day meditation streak. He does 40 minutes a day.

“I’ve an unshakeable perception that it causes the universe to conspire in my favor,” he says.

This, from a man who bought well-known by throwing himself into painful, life-threatening and embarrassing conditions. Like the time he dangled himself over stay alligators sporting uncooked hen in a jock strap. Or when he put a fish hook by means of his mouth and swam in shark-infested waters within the Gulf of Mexico.

Reflecting on it now, he believes he was “mocking and taunting dying” as a result of “I used to be mad at it.”

After getting kicked out of faculty and experiencing homelessness early on, Steve-O says he “legitimately thought that I used to be going to fail at life.”

“I anticipated to die very younger, having failed at life. And I used to be mad on the thought of dying – like, not solely am I gonna die younger having failed, however like, all people’s gonna die,” he says.

If he can come out the opposite facet of his lowest moments, anybody can, he says. Hence the e-book.

“It’s a e-book of knowledge, which I’ve gleaned from clearly a lifetime of horrible choices,” he says, laughing. “And I say quite a lot of unflattering stuff about myself.”

The second chapter is on intercourse, and “goes into excessive, type of graphic particulars,” he says.

“I actually element how outta management I bought with performing out sexually,” he says. “I bought to a degree the place I used to be approaching 40 years previous and I used to be identical to, ‘man, the best way I’m performing shouldn’t be the trail to being completely satisfied.’”

He finally subscribed to the concept that his future happiness was dependent upon studying how one can be in a wholesome relationship.

“Finding a life associate and stability, I actually bought proactive about doing the work. This was my mantra. I used to be doing the work to turn into the person that the love of my life deserves,” he says, “That’s form of the knowledge of that chapter.”

He is presently relationship a prop designer from Los Angeles.

The thought at work within the e-book, he says, is to assist, but in addition poke enjoyable and the ridiculousness of him being a self-help writer.

“What makes it work is that there’s most likely 90% unbelievably stunning true tales about my life and possibly ten p.c precise knowledge to be gleaned and possibly the ten p.c helps you,” he says. “It’s patently absurd to assume {that a} self-help e-book of knowledge is coming from Steve O.”

Of course, he determined to advertise the e-book in true Steve-O vogue, he says – “happening the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles at 50 mph on a swing set, mounted on prime of a truck.”

As normal, he made it out alive.

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