When I first heard that Steve O would be dancing on this season of Dancing With the Stars I grimaced at the idea. I hate slap-stick, I despise shock jocks and being stupid and reckless for the sake of TV is … stupid and reckless.
What I knew about Steve was that he once stapled his scrotum to his leg for a stunt. He was endlessly arrested for brawling and assaulting and, on slow days, for public urination. Quite the catch eh?
When he did his first dance I couldn’t help but like him. He has a raspy voice and a crooked grin and always has this expression of “Oh crap I’m in trouble”. The crowd liked him and his ‘Jackass’ co-stars were there to cheer him on. Note to head ‘Jackass’ guy – wearing sunglasses inside at night on TV just makes you look like a … a jackass.
I did a little research on Steve and learned that he’s been clean and sober for 9 months after several stints in rehab, a few possession arrests, and a trip (at his request) to a mental hospital. Well now I was intrigued. I love broken people, I adore strugglers and I grab on to stories of survival for the life preservers they are.
At one point during the dancing and then injuring himself cycle of the first 3 weeks of the show Steve mentioned that he wondered why he was doing this when he was still in “the infancy of my recovery”. Last night when asked how it felt to not be eliminated from competition he said – with a big smile – “I’m happy to discover I can handle anxiety without the aid of booze or drugs”.
I doubt Steve will go much further in the dancing competition; he’s just not that good a dancer. I do think he will go far in the rest of his life. I’m rooting for him.
After all … he has the ability to go from this …
… to this.
You can read about Steve, in his own words, on his OFFICIAL SITE
Check out his baby pictures. They’re adorable.