Steve Carell was riding near his Los Angeles home when a driver struck him from behind. The collision left him unharmed, and true to his comedic character, Carell called it a “fun fan encounter.”
Visiting the Ellen DeGeneres Show
While visiting Ellen on the Ellen DeGeneres show, he made light of the crash and let Ellen know that he would take the accident in stride, “If you get me a leather onesie bike outfit, I will ride it over here sometime,” he promised.
To ensure Steve was could be more easily seen by drivers in the future, Ellen gave Carell a light-up helmet and a high-visibility safety vest.
Although Carell’s neighborhood isn’t known for bicycling accidents, he was riding on what he described as a fast road when he made a turn. At the time, he didn’t notice a vehicle behind him. The driver then bumped his bike from behind, which threw Carell forward over the handlebars.
Of the encounter, Carrell remarked, “It’s a weird experience, because everything just slows down,” Carell said. “I thought, well, I’m going to tuck and roll, and I rolled, and I was fine.”
Carrell Hit by a Fan
Since almost every living adult in the US is familiar with the star of the Office and many popular movies, it’s not surprising the driver recognized Carrell. “Oh my god, it’s Steve Carell!” he recalled her yelling. “She was so excited that she hit me. It was really kind of a fun experience, a fun fan encounter.”
Carell said he regularly rides his bike in and around his Los Angeles neighborhood, “through the park and up over mountains,” leading DeGeneres to question him about what kind of bike he rides—and getting a little confused about the difference between a road bike and a mountain bike.
Carell tried to clear up the confusion by explaining what a road bike is: “It’s the thinner tires, and you wear all Lycra, with a helmet.”
“You’re one of those guys?” DeGeneres said, chuckling.
All in Stride
The 56-year-old actor later mentioned his cycling attire had been scuffed in the fall, leading DeGeneres to suggest Carell wear an all-leather onesie while riding. To end the segment, she brought out a neon safety vest and helmet with a flag, both garishly over-decorated with flashing safety lights.
Carell recalled of the fall, “It’s a weird experience because everything just slows down.” He continued, “I thought, ‘Well, I’m gonna tuck and roll.’ And I rolled, and I got up, and I was fine. Luckily everything was fine.”