Rock This Look Loves Ryan Reynolds
THE GREAT ESCAPE
LIFE AT TOP SPEED CAN TAKE ITS TOLL. ACTOR RYAN REYNOLDS SHOWS HOW TO SHIFT GEARS AND FIND A NEW ROUTE.
BY: SANDRA NYGAARD; PHOTOGRAPHS BY: ART STREIBER
I love the fact that when you're on a motorcycle, riding a motorcycle is the only thing you're doing."
Los Angeles traffic is not typically known for its restorative qualities. But 10 years ago, when Ryan Reynolds first rode a motorcycle on the congested interstate, he knew he'd found bliss. The Canadian actor cruised the center shoulder of the highway while the rest of the suckers were crawling. "For the first time, I could reach anywhere in 20 minutes," he marvels.
It wasn't long before zoning out on a bike also symbolized another kind of freedom. "I love the fact that on a motorcycle, riding a motorcycle is the only thing you're doing," he says. No multitasking, no texting, no rolling meeting in the back of the Benz. Just riding. "I'm not a speed freak pushing the bike at top speeds all over the city. I just like to cruise."
His old Triumph Bonneville doesn't beg for attention with a loud engine or blinding chrome. His leather jacket, T-shirt, and jeans are just as understated. "You can just go about your business in a low-profile way," he says.
It's a welcome contrast to dodging the paparazzi with bride Scarlett Johansson, or preparing for a role. Reynolds has had to add 20 pounds of muscle for Blade: Trinity, explore the emotions of loss in Fireflies in the Garden, and train in swordplay for the upcoming X-Men Origins: Wolverine. "Shooting a movie isn't a job so much as it is a mission," the 32-year-old actor says. "I develop tunnel vision when I work." Riding is his escape. "You have to be able to bring your heart rate down, and then recharge," he says.
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Ryan Reynolds: Motorcycle Enthusiast: Men's Health.com
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