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Ryan Dunn Part of Growing Crowd of Anti-Role Model Celebrities

Ryan Dunn MTV photo

It’s sad, but it could be that the late “Jackass” star Ryan Dunn’s greatest legacy might be as an anti-role model. The daredevil, whose Porsche is said to have been traveling between 132 and 140 miles per hour when it crashed, killing Dunn and passenger Zachary Hartwell last week, had a stunning blood alcohol content of .196, according to a preliminary toxicology report. With an estimated 11 drinks in him before he got behind the wheel, he automatically becomes the poster celebrity for what can happen to you when you drink and drive.

Indeed, Roger Ebert’s notorious tweet — “Friends don’t let Jackasses drink and drive” — over a photo of the horrific remains of that car could serve as an effective public service billboard.

Recent years have, unfortunately, brought us an phalanx of
anti-role model celebrities — who teach us by example what NOT to do.

Two years after Michael Jackson’s death of acute propofol intoxication, his doctor, Conrad Murray, is due to go to trial in September on involuntary manslaughter charges. But certainly, details of Jackson’s gargantuan prescription drug usage that set the stage for the overdose have given people pause.

The same is true of Heath Ledger, who seemed destined to become one of the greatest film actors of our time, until his life was cut short by what the New York City coroner’s office determined was an accidental overdose of  painkillers, sleeping pills and anti-anxiety drugs: oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam, and doxylamine.

Look out, because, as the late Jeff Conaway pointed out, getting addicted to pain pills can creep up on you.

Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen are just two among the current crop of celebrities who have all but destroyed their careers with wild and sometimes violent behavior — behavior that’s landed each of them behind bars more than once. Lohan and Sheen have each demonstrated how even the most prodigious talents can be thrown away. Let us hope not their lives.

Their poster would have to say something along the lines of “Here’s what excessive partying can do to you, kids.”

Anti-role model celebrities show us so many things — how NOT to divorce (e.g. Madonna and Guy Ritchie), how NOT to parent (Britney Spears), and how NOT to utilize cosmetic surgery (Joan Rivers). The idea of actually looking up to stars sometimes seems positively quaint.

Ryan Dunn Showed Another Side on ‘Minute’ Guesting

Guy Fieri, Ryan Dunn NBC photo

Among the friends of “Jackass” star Ryan Dunn reeling over news of his death in an automobile accident Monday is celebrity chef and “Minute to Win It” host Guy Fieri.  It was Guy, a long-time pal of Dunn’s, who suggested his recent guest appearance on “Minute to Win It” to the show’s producers.  Dunn played on behalf of  the Teammates for Kids Foundation that raises funds for children’s charities.  Guy was particularly glad to let people know that there was a caring, stand-up kind of person behind Dunn’s crude and reckless “Jackass” facade. 

“Let me tell you something.  Here’s one of the things that everyone should understand.  It’s always hard for people to separate who celebrities are and what they really do from the kind of images they have,” Fieri said, speaking of the guest appearance.  “Ryan is a great dude.  I have great respect for him and Steve-O as artists, and as performers, but now it’s quadrupled for them as people.”

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.”