On his love for the outdoors: "I will always be most comfortable in the outdoors. I grew up in the Ozarks—something resembling Mark Twain country. The woods, rivers, bluffs, lakes, and caves have all left an indelible mark on me. And I'm quite reverential when it comes to a tree. On my forearm, I had tattooed '94.9m (311.4ft)'—the height of the largest sequoia."
On his passion for bikes and motorcycles: "I first rode at age 7 on my cousin's Honda Mini Trail 50. I tried to jump it and ran it into my grandmother's car. He was severely pissed off. My first bike was a Kawi 150 enduro. I won it at age 12 in a contest for selling the most pecan log rolls door to door after school. I crashed it four weeks later."
“I try to carve out time for a solo ride in every country I travel to, from the Highlands of Scotland to the Atlas Mountains of Morocco to the belly of India. I haven’t even come close to fulfilling my list—yet. . . . But, in the traffic of L.A. with a helmet on, I’m just another asshole on the road.”
On being on camera: "My soul was stolen by the camera so long ago, I don't have to think about it anymore.... One definition of freedom is the ability to follow your bliss without being watched, recorded, scrutinized."
On choosing roles: “I choose a role solely by how it speaks to me. And I sit in a fortunate seat where I can pull the trigger on the more difficult films. I was once talked into a film for ‘career maintenance.’ I have not made that mistake since.”