Bam Margera Says He’s ‘Much Better’ Not in ‘Jackass Forever’ Movie

the fight Jackass and Viva La Bam TV and film star Bam Margera has suggested he feels “much better” not having been in Jackass forever film in an interview on “Wild ride! With Steve-O“podcast.

Margera was ultimately dropped from the cast of the 2022 film’s sequel after failing a drug test (his contract prohibited drug use) amid a host of issues surrounding his potential as a contestant. During the last few years, he has sought substance abuse treatment through several rehabilitation stays, most recently with temporarily disappeared in the midst of a court-ordered stay at a facility in Florida.

He has received support from his immediate family (his mother April and father Phil), who held one crisis intervention with the police in June and his colleague Jackass co-stars have reached out in various ways as well with attempts to help Margera work toward a sober future.

In part of the recent podcast interview with Steve-O, Margera discussed what he perceived as inconsistent treatment of his actions within Jackass legacy on and off screen.

“I have to say, I’m really thankful that you and I have maintained a friendship, especially through everything that’s been going on with Jackass. I really want you to know that, although I don’t think you choose to believe it, the fact is that your entire contract will be voided or whatever you want to call it—kicked out of Jackass forever – was really the same one I got a procedure from Johnny Knoxville,” Steve-O tells him.

“But I have so much to say,” Margera replies, “in Jackass 2 I have [indecipherable due to glitch in recording] drunk in the LA airport with brass knuckles – I got a damn charge and I got a high five for good press. Now I end up sipping a beer in front of a hotel on TMZ and get kicked out for being a liability. It’s just bloody ridiculous.”

Steve-O goes on to explain how situations that happened back then are different now, saying, “Okay, I’ll entertain some of that and back in the days of Jackass 2 we were in our hey day, we were at our worst, drugs and alcohol were still working for us, no one was locked up in rehab or jail or just had public meltdowns and I hope you can understand that at a certain point, specifically over the last few years that it stopped being fun. It stopped being fun. It stopped being cool. It stopped being something we want to give you a high five for because we’ve seen you self-destruct.”

While saying this, Margera acknowledged, “Yes, yes,” to some of these points.

Despite the hurdles involved in trying to get Margera on board as a participant in the Jackass foreverSteve-O maintains that he fought hard to find a way for the cast and production team to agree to let him back in the film.

“We were so close, Bam. We had it to a point where we were so close. I wrote you scripts and said, ‘Tell him this, say this,’ and it’ll help get you back in the movie, we got you to a point where you had a Zoom call with Johnny Knoxville, Spike Jonze, Jeff Tremaine, and that was specifically the call where they had to make that decision that you all were back in, and you were loaded and missed the damn call. You got a missed call filed and they had to see you on social media…,” he reveals before Margera interjects, “I didn’t have a computer and rushed to Danny Way’s house and popped just don’t up. for it.”

Trying to paint the full picture, Steve-O adds, “But they had to see you all wasted on social media the night before, so they knew exactly why you missed the call. They were like, ‘Fuck.’ We were so close to letting him back in, but he made the decision for us.’ And I fought so hard for you.”

“Everything [is] meant for a reason. I’m much better off not being in it. I’m glad not to join. I don’t want that anymore. I don’t want to be a part of it. I’m much happier without it,” Margera admits, to the delight of Steve-O, who snaps back, “Everything happens for a reason. You are grateful for it. That’s the best thing I’ve ever heard you say, man. I fought for you to be in the film. It did not work. No matter what. Everything worked out in the end.”

“Now it’s done and over with, I didn’t want to do it in the first place,” Bam concludes.

See the interview clip below.

Earlier this month, the Margera family addressed the “Free Bam” movement that has played out online as concerned fans have floated their own theories behind what’s going on. The family sees this as a threat to Bam’s health and general well-being. See the full report here.

If you or someone you know is struggling with drug and/or alcohol addiction, there is help available Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration website. To speak with someone on the phone, call 1-800-622-HELP (1-800-622-4357) or text 1-800-487-4889.

Bam Margera on Steve-O’s Podcast

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