Bam Margera uses Steve-O as bait to fish for sharks.
Steve-O stuffs raw chicken in his underwear and crosses a tight-rope over a pit of alligators.
Chris Pontius (left) walks through a hotel lobby naked.
Wee man invades a board meeting naked.
The guys hugged, kissed, and climbed all over each other while naked, a big, bold, in-your face homoeroticism that had nothing to do with subtexts.
When Vanity Fair asked if Jackass was "a smidge gay," Johnny Knoxville retorted that it was a lot gay: "We're over here sitting on rainbows! We're a gay pride parade!"
One could interpret the homoeroticism as just another "gross out" factor for the intended audience of heterosexual male adolescents: "Look, Chris just put his mouth on Steve-O's junk! Sick!" But it was so gleeful, unself-conscious, and endearing that you couldn't be cynical.
Jackass received a lot of criticism, mostly about how it was crass, vulgar, idiotic, dumbed-down, not nearly as intellectually stimulating as King Lear.
Ok, it wasn't King Lear. But you got to see more penises. A lot more.
Steve-O and Chris Pontius went on to the nature program Wildboyz (2003-2006), which involved frolicking naked with wild animals, not to mention partying down with Australian aboriginal dudes. And got them on my list of Top 10 Nature Show Hunks.