Guy Fieri Would Be Glad to Become the ‘Culinary ‘Jackass”

Guy Fieri

Guy Fieri has “Jackass” guys Steve-O and Ryan Dunn on his “Minute to Win It” season premiere tomorrow night (6/8) — so, will there be some tit for tat ahead with the energetic Guy turing up in a “Jackass” movie?

 He’d love it.  “I’m gonna tell you, I’m a huge ‘Jackass’ fan.  My wife and I were watching ‘Jackass 3’ in our hotel room just the other night and it was so funny.  I love those guys.  They’re terrific athletes as well as performers. Yeah, hopefully I’ll become the culinary dude.  I think they need a culinary dude,” Fieri says with a laugh.

In fact, Fieri really would like to expand his public presence into movies and, maybe, a sitcom role.  By hosting “Minute to Win It,” he notes, “I was able to show that I can do other things outside the culinary world.  I would love to see that opportunity come about within the next year.”

The laid-back California restaurateur and all-around foodie has more than enough on his plate already, with his ongoing Food Network commitments, his newly-released book, Guy Fieri Food:  Cookin It, Livin’ It, Lovin’ It.  And, of course, “Minute to Win It.”  He tells us that he suggested bringing “Jackass'” Dunn on his NBC game show as a celebrity guest playing for charity since they’ve been friends for a few years.  From there, the producers wondered about Steve-O.

“It’s always hard for people to understand who celebrities are and what kind of people,” comments Fieri.  “Ryan Dunn is a great dude, and you gotta love Steve-O, the way he’s taken control of life lately and all this.  They’re really genuine about what they’re trying to do,” he says, referring to Dunn and Steve-O playing for the Teammates for Kids Foundation and the National Down Syndrome Congress, repectively.  “They’re showing their true characters.  They didn’t have to do this stuff.  These challenges aren’t easy.  And it’s tough, too, when you’re used to being surrounded by your buddies doing something nuts, to just be out by yourself.  This is taking them out of their typecast situation.  My respect for them as people has quadrupled.”

The usually-indefatigable Guy admits he is feeling bushed as he’s wrapping up his 16-city Food Tour — that combines a live cooking event, music, a “Minute to Win It” challenge and more.  “It’s been nuts.  It’s as close to a rock ‘n’ roll food show as you can get.  I’ll tell you, the year we did it, I said, ‘I don’t know if I’ll do that again.’  But then a year went by, everyone got rested up and here we are again.  I give it up for every band out there doing this touring.  Now I’d say there’s a better chance that we will do it again than that we won’t.”

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I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

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