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Bam Margera
Singer, Skateboarder, Actor
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“It’s like, alright, everybody’s laughing, so cracking my head open wasn’t all that bad, I’m glad I did it”, Bam Margera tells about his stunts. Known from the TV Show and movie “Jackass”, he works as a professional skateboarder, Jackass and singer. His advice to his 14-year-old self? “Don’t talk shit on anybody, because that will get you nowhere.”


Was steht auf Deiner Visitenkarte?

What's up? This is Bam Margera from that jack butt movie, and I guess I would say I'm a professional skateboarder, a professional jackass, and now a musician. Well a singer.. a crappy singer.

Worum geht es in Deinem Job?

Every day's different pretty much, but when we're on tour it's pretty much sound check every day and then we play a show, and then we spend a lot of time writing new songs, doin' interviews like this. When I'm home I do a lot of painting and skating. I like travelin' in tour buses 'cause it basically turns into your home, you know what I mean? My house was the tour bus for about a month and a half all over the U.S., now it's gonna be the same thing in Europe. I just don't like the airport scenario 'cause I've all these jewelry and stuff and I'm the one who always beeps and then I have to get a private search and another. I'm like first of all these don't come off and they're gonna beep anyways, so me takin' this stuff off is gonna take up more time. Just give me the random search, so the airport scenario sucks, that's why I like the tour bus. You just sleep and wake up in a different town and it's easy.

Wie sieht Dein Werdegang aus?

I grew up in West Chester, Pennsylvania, which is right outside of Philadelphia. Then at the age of eight, I got my first skateboard and I was hooked. I knew that that's what I wanted to do and then when I went to East High School in West Chester, I made it to the first day of 10th grade and then I got up at third period during science class and they're like, "Mr. Margera, you can't just get up whenever you feel like it." I just got up, grabbed my book bag and never went back. So I went to New York and I did this thing called actors reps, and basically it. They're just puttin' you in the background of a movie that you don't even wanna be in in the first place. I'm like I'm better off gettin' into a fuckin' shoppin' cart and getting pushed full speed into a curb from gettin' on TV than actors fuckin' reps, so then I did that, and it worked. Then I made a video called CKY, which was basically Jackass before Jackass, and they saw it and they asked to use some clips from it to have an MTV show. I said, "Go ahead," and then like a light switch, overnight it became this big hit, so that's what started off, which got me the Viva La Bam shows, and Bam's Unholy Union, and now I'm doin' a show with TBS called Bam's Badass Game Show, which eventually led to Fuck-Face Unstoppable. It's basically like saying I'm a jackass who goes and fucks shit up and I'm unstoppable, I guess.

Ginge es auch ohne Deinem Werdegang?

I guess with some stunts you would have to have a lot of balance or somethin'. If I grew up skateboarding, so you have to have proper balance if you're gonna be grindin' on a handrail that's round like this. If you're slightly off, you're gonna get very hurt, so plus I learned how to fall doin' skate tricks. So if I'm gonna do a jackass stunt, I could finagle a way to tumble out of it without getting too hurt.

Was ist das coolste an Deinem Job?

I think just seein' everybody stoked whether it's a Fuck-Face show or Jackass on a big screen. I got 16 staples in my head, four broken ribs, broken foot three different times, and a broken tailbone, and when you see everybody laughing on a massive big screen of what you did, it makes it all worth it. It's like alright, everybody's laughin' watchin' a big screen, there's a thousand people here laughin' their ass off, so crackin' my head open wasn't all that bad, I'm glad I did it. I like doin' fuck-face shows a lot. I would do it for free. I don't mind if somebody says somebody stole all the money, I'd still do it for free because I like doin' it. If I was gonna do an autograph signing or somethin' like that.. I'd have fun but it just gets exhausting with the same smile, take a photo, sign somethin', say what's up to your uncle on the phone or whatever. It's just the same thing for three hours. But yeah, Fuck-Face, I'm playin' songs for everybody, so they're happy and I'm happy.

Welche Einschränkungen bringt Dein Job mit sich?

Yeah well I like to do stunts I'm in control of, which is like droppin' in on a massive quarter pipe into a wall 'cause you could figure out how to slam into it. If you're gonna mess with bulls like how Johnny Knoxville does, he blindfolds himself and lets a bull trample over him, what if the hoof lands on your head, you could be dead, that's somethin' that you're not in control of, so Knoxville have at it, I'll be sittin' here sippin' on this very beer. I don't mind if I'm at a dinner and somebody wants a photo. Usually some people get pissed off about that, but I don't just as long as there's not a line of 30 people at the dinner table who wants it, then I'll be alright, afterwards I'll do it, but if it's one or two people, I don't mind at all.

Drei Ratschläge an Dein 14jähriges Ich!

Stay positive, don't be negative, don't talk shit on anybody because that'll get you nowhere if you simply don't like a band or whatever than just keep it to yourself, I guess. 'Cause there's no need on bustin' on somebody else of what they're doin'. I don't really like Dave Matthews Band, but they sell out stadiums so obviously people like them, but there's no need in me sayin' that I don't think that they're good. They're obviously they're good, they have a bunch of fans, it's just not my kind of music. So cheers on them for that.