‘Being Evel’ Producer Johnny Knoxville on Why Evel Knievel Was a ‘Living Superhero’ (Video)

“There was fear, but he suppressed it — most of the time with Wild Turkey,” the “Jackass” creator tells TheWrap about the daredevil

“Jackass” creator Johnny Knoxville dropped by TheWrap Studios to talk about “Being Evel,” the documentary about daredevil Robert “Evel” Knievel that he produced.

“Evel Knievel had such a big influence on me growing up,” said Knoxville, as one might’ve guessed from his own history of death-defying stunts.

Knoxville calls Evel “a living superhero.”

“There was fear, but he suppressed it — most of the time with Wild Turkey,” the actor said. “He’d never admit he was scared but the people around him knew he was scared. They could tell by the look in his eyes.”

He also relays a fun story about how Evel may have ripped off an entire arena full of people during a semi-pro hockey game in Butte, Montana.

Daniel Junge wrote the directed “Being Evel,” which Knoxville produced with Jeff Tremaine, Mat Hoffman, Brendan Kieran and Justin Moore-Lewy.

Gravitas Ventures will release “Being Evel” in select theaters and VOD this Friday, so watch the video and be sure to come back and let us know what you think of the documentary in the comments section below.