June 26, 2011 2:57pm PT by THR staff
Johnny Knoxville Blogs About Late 'Jackass' Co-Star Ryan Dunn
Johnny Knoxville has opened up on his blog about friend and Jackass co-star Ryan Dunn, who died last week in a fiery car crash.
While Knoxville has tweeted about Dunn, he got more personal in the blog post, writing about his friendship with Dunn and what it meant to him.
"I felt 34 percent funnier when I was with Ryan, but I guess everyone did," Knoxville wrote. "He had such a hair-trigger laugh reflex. He lived his life wanting to laugh and wanting you to laugh with him. He would cackle really f--king loud, too, and it wasn't uncommon that he would fall over from it. Sometimes I would fall with him because his spirit was very contagious."
But Knoxville was quick to point out that Dunn also had a serious side.
"Ryan was a great listener," he continued. "If you were having troubles, he was always someone you could go sit down and talk to. Granted, most of our sitting down was actually standing up playing pool together, but he was always there if you were sad about something. That's why all this is even harder because right now I really need to talk to him but I can't."
Knoxville also wrote that Dunn was a loyal friend, and "sometimes that bit him in the ass." He related a story about how no one wanted to take part in a stunt involving an exploding mine for the Jackass movie sequel. Knoxville was the only one willing to stand in front of the mine as it blew up, with Dunn among those telling Knoxville he was going to "sit this one out."
But 10 minutes later, Dunn came up to Knoxville "grouchily saying, 'Ah hell, I'll do it with you.' Actually, I don't know if he said that or anything, but I could tell how he was walking beside me that he was doing it."
Then Bam Margera also decided he'd take part in the stunt too.
"We all went in and got our asses shot real good," Knoxville wrote. "Whether it was a bit for Jackass, a friend in need, or his beloved Angie, Dunn was as loyal as they come."
Knoxville also admitted that he has cried "a lot" about the fact that his son and unborn daughter won't get to know as well as his older daughter has.
"I'm starting to ramble now, just like I did at the memorial, so I'll stop," he concluded. "You'll have to excuse me, I'm just very sad because I lost my brother and my world got about 134 percent less funny. I don't know what else to say right now, so I will close with I love you, Ryan. I have a lot of emotions swirling, but I want you to know I love you so very much."
Dunn was memorialized Wednesday night in West Chester, N.Y. After news of Dunn's death broke Monday, Knoxville tweeted: “Today I lost my brother Ryan Dunn. My heart goes out to his family and his beloved Angie. RIP Ryan. I love you buddy.”
Police believe Dunn was driving 130 miles an hour when he crashed his 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 early Monday morning. The accident resulted in a fiery crash that killed both himself and his passenger.
Michael Carroll, chief of the West Goshen Township (Pa.) Police Department, told reporters last week that Dunn's speed had been estimated after a team reconstructed the accident.
Dunn's car collided with a guardrail and crashed in the woods.
Carroll said it was the "worst" accident he'd ever seen, adding that he'd "never seen a car destroyed in an automobile accident the way this car was ... even before it caught on fire."
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