Johnny Knoxville says he has done everything to deter 'Jackass' copycats
November 25, 2002 at 7:55 PM EST - Updated June 16 at 1:55 AM
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Johnny Knoxville, star of "Jackass the Movie," is sorry for the family of a teenager who died while friends photographed a fiery stunt. But Knoxville (pictured, right) said he's done everything possible to deter copycats.
"My heart goes out to the kid's family, but we've done everything we can to prevent this type of thing from happening," Knoxville told The Knoxville News-Sentinel.
Adam Ports, 18, of Wooster, Ohio, died last week after falling from a moving pickup truck.
"We don't take submissions. We never have," he said. "We have warnings at the beginning and the end. In every interview I have ever given, I have stressed: 'Don't try this at home.' We steer away from stunts that are easily imitable. What this kid attempted was not even anything we got close to."
Ports and three fellow students at Tiffin University set a chair on fire and threw it from the back of a moving truck while friends photographed the stunt. Officials said Ports either jumped or fell from the truck and died the next day from head injuries.
"They were trying to create some type of stunt like they have on the TV show 'Jackass,'" Seneca County sheriff's Sgt. Brian Hescht wrote in a report.
Knoxville, a Knoxville native whose real name is P.J. Clapp, co-created and starred in the MTV "Jackass" show that ran from 2000-2001. The movie debuted last month and has earned more than $60 million.
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