The Endless Risks of Steve-O: Why He Put His Life on the Line Time and Time Again – Video

The Endless Risks of Steve-O: Why He Put His Life on the Line Time and Time Again – Video

Why Steve-O risked his life over, and over, and over again

Steve-O, the fearless entertainer known for his extreme stunts and wild antics, has opened up about his tumultuous journey filled with pain, insecurity, and a never-ending pursuit of approval. In a deeply personal interview, he sheds light on his childhood struggles stemming from a lack of attention, his relentless drive for fame, and his battles with alcoholism.

From seeking validation from his peers as a child to documenting his existence through dangerous stunts, Steve-O shares the raw and unfiltered truths behind his larger-than-life persona. Despite facing a constant sense of unworthiness and incompleteness, he embraces the hustle and the never-ending chase for self-acceptance.

Through candid conversations about his darkest secrets and struggles, Steve-O offers a profound insight into the vulnerabilities that shape his very being. This interview serves as a poignant reminder of the high price of fame, the liberating power of sharing one’s truth, and the ongoing quest for inner peace.

For fans and newcomers alike, this interview provides a rare glimpse into the life of a professional daredevil and the complex emotions that fuel his outrageous performances. It’s not just a tale of jaw-dropping stunts, but a profound exploration of humanity’s endless search for validation and contentment.

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Video Transcript

I’ve been in pain for a living. Hey everybody, my name is Steve Glover. I’m also known as Steve-O, and I am an entertainer of all sorts. You know, going back to the beginning, I lacked attention from my parents as a child, like as a baby. You don’t have to be Sigmund Freud

To imagine that that might have caused me to become an attention seeker. When I set out to write my first book, which was my memoir called “Professional Idiot,” I went through all this stuff that my sister had collected, and among it was a report card from sixth grade.

My homeroom teacher wrote on this report card: “Steve desperately wants the praise and approval of his peers, but the way he goes about seeking it brings about the opposite results.” And I would try so hard and I would just be overwhelming and do, like, just really aggressive things.

If I could go back and talk to the child version of me, if I could just say, “Man, like chill out.” But that kid didn’t know how to chill out. There’s nothing I could tell him that was gonna change what was going on.

It made me very uncomfortable and desperately unhappy a lot of the time. As I’ve gotten older, I think there’s something inherently compelling to all humans about people being in pain. And that fact is something that I’ve capitalized on a great deal in my career. I know that pain is compelling,

And so I document myself being in pain, and I’ve become successful as a result. I’ve always wanted to please everybody. I’m just such an attention whore, and I need so desperately to be liked— that’s been my whole life. When I dropped out of the University of Miami in 1993,

I felt that I was a failure in life; destined to fail completely, and to die very young. There just wasn’t that much I was passionate about except partying and just being kind of crazy. So my one plan was to try to become a crazy famous stuntman.

I didn’t really necessarily expect that it would work. I just wanted to videotape lots and lots of stuff so that when I inevitably died, having failed at life, there would be some evidence that I had existed. When I got a profile with this “Jackass” franchise,

I was recognizable to normal people in the street. When I’m in situations where it’s unmanageable because there’s so many people, and like, ah, it gets a little bit overwhelming and hectic, it is important for me to remember that that’s all I ever wanted.

‘What are you most afraid that someone else will find out about you?’ With alcoholism, part of the recovery process is to share everything with another person. And that opened up like a bunch of things that I had to share that I wasn’t willing to share. I wasn’t ready to share.

I opened up my notebook and I wrote at the top of a page the words, “To the grave.” These are the things that I was dead set on never, ever sharing, period, no matter what. I was gonna take these secrets to my grave. And as I wrote down these things,

I wrote them in code so that heaven forbid, if anybody got ahold of my notebook that they would not have these secrets. This person who I brought these secrets in code to had told me, “I’ve been doing this for years. Trust me, you’re not gonna tell me anything I haven’t heard.

Just go for it.” And when I read to him my coded secrets, he said, “Ding, ding, ding! That I have not heard!” And we both laughed. And by speaking up to that one person who I trusted, I was largely freed on that day. But there’s no way I’m talking about it here.

‘In what aspect of your life do you feel not good enough? When is the first time you remember feeling that way?’ My life has been characterized by feeling not good enough. Part of me believes that that’s just a trait of alcoholism. You know, I like this sense of incompleteness and restless, irritable discontent.

Like if I felt that I was good enough, then I’d probably be happy. And if I was happy, I’d probably be content. And if I was content, I’d probably be lazy. And I think I can pretty safely say that I don’t necessarily wanna feel like I’m good enough

Because where’s the hustle in that? You know, like, I’m not good enough. You know, I got a lot of work to do to get to a place where I’m even gonna be okay. And that’s fine.

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You know Steve-O. Now meet Steve Glover, as the professional stuntman talks to us about pain, insecurity, and never finding contentment.

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In this deeply personal and revealing interview, Steve Glover, better known as Steve-O, the daredevil entertainer known for his jaw-dropping stunts and unflinching willingness to face pain, shares the untold story of his journey from a childhood craving for attention to becoming an icon of wild antics and extreme performances.

Opening up about his struggles with alcoholism, the relentless pursuit of fame, and his battles with feeling ‘not good enough’, Glover offers an introspective look into the complexities behind the laughter and the screams.

With raw honesty, he discusses the pivotal moments that shaped him, the drive to document his existence through stunts, and the liberating power of sharing the secrets he once vowed to take to his grave.

This interview is not just a glimpse into the life of a professional idiot; it’s a candid exploration of human vulnerability, the cost of fame, and the ongoing quest for self-acceptance.

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About Steve-O:

Steve-O (a.k.a. Stephen Glover) was willing to do whatever it took to become famous, even if it meant stapling his ball sack to his leg. After failing miserably at the University of Miami and couch-surfing with friends, he decided that in order to further his goal of becoming a stuntman he would enroll in Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College. But it was his relentless attention whoring that ultimately led to working with Johnny Knoxville on a new stunt-based reality show called Jackass.

In 2000, MTV aired the first season and the rest, as they say, is history. Since then, he’s had continued success, as a New York Times best-selling author with the release of his memoir, ‘Professional Idiot’, as well as establishing himself in the world of stand-up comedy. With fourteen years of sobriety under his belt, Steve-O shows no signs of slowing down.

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