Even though Jackass Forever is in full promotional mode, little has been heard about the franchise’s former star and co-creator Bam Margera. The last many fans heard from the skater, daredevil, and avowed metalhead was in March, when he paid tribute to Children of Bodom’s Alexi Laiho several months after the guitarist’s death. Now, it’s been revealed that on Sunday, Margera was involuntarily taken to rehab by police after causing problems at a Florida hotel.
According to Consequence of Sound, police escorted Margera to a rehab facility after responding to reports of an “emotionally disturbed person” at the Don CeSar Hotel in St. Pete Beach, Florida.
“When deputies arrived, they were informed that Mr. Margera had an ex parte order, which is a judge’s order for court-ordered rehabilitation,” explained a spokesperson. “Those are taken out by a third party on behalf of the person.”
We wish Bam a swift recovery and hope he gets the help he needs. If you or anyone you know is dealing with drug or alcohol dependency and needs help, contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).
While many fans have responded to news of Jackass Forever saying that the franchise belongs to Bam, and shouldn’t continue without him, Margera is apparently at odds with the rest of Jackass‘ cast and creators. Jackass Forever‘s director Jeff Tremaine and producer Spike Jonze joined Paramount Pictures in asking the star to sign a ‘Wellness Agreement’ assuring he’d go to rehab. When Bam then came up with a positive drug test, he was fired from the film.
“We want Bam to be happy and healthy and get the help he needs,” said Jackass team leader Johnny Knoxville. “We tried to push that along. I think that’s all I really want to say about it. I don’t want to get into a public back-and-forth with Bam. I just want him to get better.”
Check out the full trailer for Jackass Forever below:
Jackass Forever comes out February 4th, 2022.
Words by Chris Krovatin