Steve-O shows his dance with self-destruction

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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Dancing with the Stars" viewers expected crazy antics when "Jackass" performer Steve-O joined the show this year, but what it took for him to overcome drug abuse and exhibit ballroom manners is another story.

That side of the shock stuntman's life will be shown on Sunday, in a documentary called "Steve-O: Demise and Rise" on cable channel MTV.

It relies on Steve-O's video footage of himself snorting cocaine at parties and inhaling countless nitrous oxide cartridges, in between performing stunts such as jumping from a glider plane into open water.

After Steve-O's time in a mental hospital and drug rehab, the documentary ends with his first appearance as a ballroom contestant on ABC hit show "Dancing with the Stars."

Steve-O, who had tangled with untamed animals in exotic lands on MTV's "Wildboyz," was eliminated from "Dancing" on April 14, ending a run on the show he called nerve-racking.

"It's weird, getting ready to do these dances on live TV I felt, especially in the beginning, more stressed and anxious than times when I filmed with bears and lions," Steve-O told Reuters in a recent interview.

Steve-O, born Stephen Gilchrist Glover, was one of several "Dancing" stars injured this year. But unlike the others, he went beyond the normal requirements to hurt himself.

Wanting to electrify one of his dance performances, Steve-O attempted a flip during rehearsal and landed on his back. The stunt sent him to the hospital.   Continued...

<p>Cast member Steve-O smiles at the world premiere of "Jackass: Number Two" at the Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California September 21, 2006. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>