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Bam Margera claims that the producers of “Jackass 4” forced him to go to a drug rehab facility before shooting the film — and that the treatment left him suffering suicidal thoughts.
“It was the definition of f–king torture,” the 41-year-old stunt performer told TMZ Thursday. “They tortured me!”
Margera said castmate Johnny Knoxville and other producers told him that he had to go through the program in order to secure what he said was a $5 million paycheck for his participation in the upcoming movie.
However, they didn’t make the details of what he would have to go through clear, he claims.
“I went there thinking I was going to do 30 days, but they insisted that I do 90 days,” said Margera, who was reportedly fired from the film after failing to complete the rehab.
“And I’m like, ‘All right, is this on my bill or yours?’ Well, it’s on mine. I’m like, ‘All right, I don’t want to do it, but I’ll do it.’”
The former MTV personality — who has battled alcohol and drug issues for more than a decade — went on to list 18 different pills, including Adderall, that he was prescribed during his stay.
He also sarcastically referred to Knoxville as “doctor,” implying the “Jackass” creator felt he had legitimate say over Margera’s medical decisions.
“Dr. Knoxville said, ‘You’re allowed to take all of that except Adderall and Klonopin,’” he told the site. “I’m like, ‘Who are you to say this is what the doctors say I need?’ … And then it led to suicidal tendencies on all 18 medications I was on.”
“What’s the point of a $5 million contract that I have to walk on eggshells and jump through your hoops — which is already impossible — to obey if I’m dead? What the f–k is the point of having the money if I’m not here anymore because I was going to die of a pill overdose or suicidal thoughts?”
In February, Margera asked fans to boycott “Jackass 4.” He is now contemplating taking legal action.
“I didn’t want it to come down to this, but, I mean, I have no choice,” he told TMZ Thursday. “They keep saying, ‘Bam, we love you and it’s not about the movie.’ Um, it is about the movie, because that’s all I’ve been wanting to do for 10 years, and now you make me jump through hoops for two years, and I’m walking around chain-smoking, realizing there’s nothing I can do to please you.”
Margera also believes the team’s plans to honor late “Jackass” alum Ryan Dunn have been tainted.
“It’s supposed to be a f–king reunion of getting the band back together to pay our respects to Ryan Dunn, and he’s rolling around in his f–king grave saying, ‘Why Jeff, why?’”
Knoxville and producer-director Jeff Tremaine couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.
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