This man was responsible for some of the most mind-blowingly dumb stunts to ever hit television and cinema screens. Remember that time he pierced his own cheek with a metal hook, dived into the ocean and went swimming with sharks to use himself as bait? Yes, Steve-O was a show-stopper in every sense of the word, and as you might expect, he has some outrageous stories up his sleeve.
Steve-O has now been eight years sober, and stepped in for an extensive interview with GQ to relfect on his madman past. Among the best stories is his recount of a three-hour cocaine session with Mike Tyson in a Hollywood bathroom. The two end up partaking in a little powder before discussing racism and how they can make a world a better place. Jesus Christ. We would have given anything to be a fly on the wall in this situation.
Other Mike Tyson stories involve Charlie Sheen and a broken nose, but we’ll let Steve-O tell them in his own words, because this is unbeatable banter. Read a transcript of his Tyson stories below, and check out the entire interview over at GQ.
You are a man who must have some wild stories.
I have so many fucking crazy Mike Tyson stories, man.
Oh my God. I’ve done fucking cocaine with Mike Tyson, dude. We spent three hours locked in a bathroom together. There was this house party in the Hollywood Hills. And I remember I was distinctly not invited, but I showed up and rang the doorbell. Mike Tyson opened up the door. I said, “Hey, is it cool if I come in?” And he said, “You got any coke?” And I told him, “Yeah, dude, I got a bunch.” And I did. I had like a whole eight ball in one pocket, half an eight ball in the other pocket.
Yeah, I was packing. So we locked ourselves in this bathroom. So there we are, and he asked me for a cigarette while I was chopping up a bunch of blow on the counter. He rolled it back and forth between his fingers and all the tobacco fell out, and he kept doing it until nothing was left except a tube of paper connected to the cylinder. And he turned it right side up and started scooping cocaine into it, like pure cocaine. Nothing but. And I’m fascinated. I’m thinking that can’t work. It boiled down to the most fucking gripping science fair project ever. He filled it until it was fucking full as fuck. And he made it work, man. He sat there and smoked the whole deal.
What did you guys talk about?
At that time in my life I would develop Tourette’s syndrome if I was fucked up enough, just blurting out inappropriate shit. So I said to him, my exact words, “You know, Mike, I don’t have a racist bone in my body, but I like to consider myself a n—-r.” [laughs] I’ll never forget, he said, “You ask me, the definition of that word is anybody who uses it.” And I was like, “Damn! Iron Mike, deep as fuck!” And so we’re talking about the finer points of racism in America, or whatever, just sort of philosophizing about how to make the world a better place, and it was just fucking incredible, man. The last thing he said to me was, “You know, Steve, everybody’s got you wrong. You’re actually really smart.” And the next time I spent real time with Mike Tyson, one-on-one conversing, was when we were locked up in the psychiatric ward together.
Wait. In the psych ward? What?
I was talking him into holding out his fist with his elbow locked and letting me run into it with my face to try to give myself a black eye. I was trying to talk him into filming that with me when we got out. But I couldn’t talk him into it. So then I got my nose broken on the set of Jackass 3D. I went to a nose doctor and was going to make the movie pay for it, but it had been two months, and the doctor said, “Your nose has already healed this way, and if you want me to fix it, I’m going to have to re-break it with a chisel.” And I’m like, “Oh, never mind.”
Then came the Comedy Central Roast with Charlie Sheen and we talked Mike into doing the thing and holding his fist out, and I dove into Mike Tyson’s fist and landed on it with nothing but my nose. Super broke my nose. Like really crazy broke it. And then this guy comes out of the crowd, running up towards the stage at the end of the show, and he says, “Steve-O, your nose needs to be set right now. I’m a Kung Fu instructor, and I know what I’m doing.” So I let this Kung Fu asshole set my nose on the spot and it just turned out that he did a fucking magnificent job. He basically fixed my nose perfect. Everything I was hoping to get that [doctor] dude to do, I got done by Mike Tyson and a fucking Kung Fu weirdo.
So what is your relationship with Mike Tyson these days?
I don’t see him a whole lot, but whenever I do, it’s great, man. He’s just the nicest guy. He really is.