Before They Were Stars: Johnny Knoxville in a Taco Bell Commercial

You may wonder why someone like Johnny Knoxville would feel compelled to find fame by performing crazy stunts and injuring himself on Jackass, but the fact of the matter is that he tried hard to find fame the traditional way and it just didn’t work for him. Knoxville pretty much languished in obscurity for nearly a decade while trying to make it as an actor, as the only jobs he could find were appearing in commercials or working as an extra. As you can see in the preceding clip, he was playing second fiddle to the Taco Bell chihuahua and ideas about launching himself in the air on a rocket were probably formulating in his head. As a bonus, here’s a clip of Knoxville in a Dentyne commercial from 1995 and his entire role consists of popping up in the last few seconds to wipe a windshield.

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