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Liev Schreiber Admits: I Gave Up My Motorcycle Because I Have Kids. Would He Have Been Nuts Not To?

Mon, August 2, 2010 2:38pm EDT by 1 Comment

The Salt star has given up life in the fast lane, but what about Brad Pitt and Dean McDermott, who have both been in motorcycle accidents?

When he was on the The Daily Show last week, Liev Schreiber told Jon Stewart that he gave up his motorcycle when he became a dad to Alexander, 3, and Samuel, 19 months. “I had to get rid of [the motorcycle] because of the kids,” he said. “I have a scooter now.” The 43-year-old takes life a little slower, going on bike rides with his kids and fiancee Naomi Watts.

It sounds like a smart move! Being a parent means taking on new responsibilities, and the most important one is making sure that you’re around for your kids — for the long haul. So it makes sense to give up dangerous pursuits like riding what is known as a “donorcycle” in ERs across the country.

While Liev has been proactive about it, Dean McDermott learned his lesson a little late. The husband of Tori Spelling and dad to Stella, 3, and Liam, 2, ended up in intensive care with a punctured lung in June after crashing his dirt bike (his second accident this year!).

Dean has now promised Tori that he’ll sell his bikes. “When I first saw him [in the hospital] he just softly said ‘I’m so sorry,'” Tori said. “I just held his hand and cried. That’s when he said, ‘I’ll never do this again. You and the kids mean everything to me.'”

But the message still hasn’t gotten through to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Angie, who has a BMW bike of her own, picked up a custom-made chopper for the father-of-six on his birthday a couple of years ago and he was even going to appear in Salt in a scene where she kicks him off his bike. That didn’t happen, but Brad was knocked off his bike for real last year in an accident with a paparazzi van. Brad reportedly told bystanders that he was worried what Angie would say when she heard about the mishap.

Should these cycle-loving parents give it up before something worse happens?