Jackass Star Remembered On MTV

Jackass Star Remembered On MTV

Ryan Dunn, one of the adrenaline junkies of the “Jackass” crew, was a wild and lovable idiot on TV, and his friends want viewers to be assured that he was just the same off-camera.
MTV’s “A Tribute to Ryan Dunn” was an informative and loving send-off by his friends and co-workers. “Jackass” was a cultural icon of the new millennium, a show that exhibited the ludicrous ideas of a group of guys who were crazy enough to film themselves doing them. Dunn was one of the show’s original members and was known because of his fearless attempts to get a laugh.
The tribute began with a touching introduction to Dunn by his mother, who described him as a wild young man always eager to make people laugh. Dunn’s story began when he moved to Westchester, N.Y., where he met Bam Margera. Margera and Dunn became fast friends, forming a “terrible band” and filming themselves doing insane stunts around town.
Grainy, never-before-seen footage of a young Dunn showcase why he would become a beloved television stuntman. At one pointed, a young Margera points to a church and wondered what it would be like to ride a bike off the roof. Dunn barely misses a beat, responding with, “I don’t know, but we could find out.”
Dunn’s fearlessness made him the go-to guy for crazy stunts, and when “Jackass” creators Jeff Tremaine, Spike Jonze and Johnny Knoxville went to Westchester to film with Margera, they discovered a new star. He wanted to be in their video so much that he was the star of their first stunt, a disgusting jump into the local sewage plant aptly titled the “Poo Dive.”
The “Jackass” series then took off, becoming wildly popular and prompting a “Jackass” movie. Dunn made his biggest impression in the movie in an infamous stunt in which he inserted a toy car in his rectum. His brash courage in the absurd stunt was made even more impressive in the tribute, which showed that even the wild Steve-O refused to do it. When Steve-O refused to do it, Dunn decided he must because “it was too funny not to do it.”
A Tribute to Ryan Dunn” showcased the wild feats of insanity that made him famous, but succeeded in revealing Dunn’s personality. Every person interviewed was quick to talk about Dunn’s kindness and open demeanor. He was known to sit and talk with fans for hours just because they told him they liked his work.
When a stunt at the end of “Jackass Number Two” caused a blood clot in his shoulder, medication and pain caused Dunn to withdraw from performing and having fun altogether. When he returned for “Jackass 3D,” a behind-the-scenes shot shows him smiling and saying he’s having more fun than ever.
Described by Tremaine as the “epitome of a jackass,” Dunn was a fun-loving adrenaline junkie who loved his job. This tribute does justice to the man’s life by showing his craziness, kindness and ability to fall down a flight of stairs.

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