Ryan Reynolds: "I Was Hit By a Drunk Driver" as a Teen

USMagazine, Wednesday, August 3, 2011, 4:47pm (PDT)

Fifteen years ago, Ryan Reynolds was in pretty bad shape.

After partying with friends in his hometown of Vancouver, Canada, in 1996, Reynolds was rushed to a nearby hospital after he was hit by a drunk driver on his walk home.

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"When I was 19 I was drinking," the Green Lantern star tells CTV News. "I was at a bar and I had a few drinks and I thought, 'You know what I'm going to do? I'm going to leave my car here, be responsible.' I started to walk home and I was hit by a drunk driver."

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The aftermath, Reynolds says, was devastating. "I broke every bone in my left side. I woke up three days later," he recalls. "And I remember my dad sitting there [with] a vomit tray. I guess I had been heaving in my unconscious. And nothing says love like painting someone with three-day-old Gin Rummies. Just soaked the man head to toe in my vomit."

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Though he made a full recovery, Reynolds, now 34, says the incident still haunts him to this day. "Since then, I've been a rickety, broken mess."

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