Picks and Pans Review: Jackass 3D Star Kicks Drugs

updated 11/01/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 11/01/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT


Daredevil Steven "Steve-O" Glover is pinching himself, and not because his movie Jackass 3D-the third film in which he and his pals perform a series of gross-out stunts-took in $50.4 million during its opening weekend. The real reason he's incredulous? "I'm still alive," says Glover, 36. "I didn't kill myself." Not that he didn't try. For most of his life, Glover's existence had been consumed and nearly destroyed by his voracious appetite for drugs and alcohol. But for the past two years he has managed to tackle sobriety with the same gusto he exhibits in Jackass 3D when being hit in the privates with a baseball bat or stung-on purpose-by hordes of bees. "It was very sad and very scary," recalls Johnny Knoxville, who together with other Jackass castmates staged an intervention in March 2008 that led to Glover being locked down in a psych ward. "We didn't know if we could help him, but we knew we had to try."

Glover's sobriety is no stunt. Since getting out of rehab and spending two years in a halfway house, he is downright giddy to be living the simple life in a small two-bedroom Los Angeles apartment. He shuns coffee, meat and cigarettes and can often be found calling out bingo numbers at a local senior center. "My highest goal these days," says Glover, "is learning how to be comfortable just being a regular person."

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