The 41-year-old actor who played Morpheus in The Matrix takes a
spin as the King of Cali in Biker Boyz, a modern Western about an
underground African-American motorcycle club, which opens on Jan.
SI: Are you a biker?
Fishburne: I am a motorcycle enthusiast. I am not a biker.
SI: What kind of bike do you own?
Fishburne: I own five or six bikes. As I say again, I am a
SI: How often do you ride?
Fishburne: Maybe once or twice a week.
SI: Where is the coolest place you've ridden?
Fishburne: Russia. I belong to the Guggenheim Motorcycle Club.
Most of our members are movie stars and millionaires. So I was
riding around St. Petersburg on a BMW 1200 LT, blasting Back in
the USSR. It was f------groovy.
SI: Dennis Hopper was on that trip with you. Can Hopper handle a
Fishburne: Totally. Come on, man, he's [Easy Rider's] Sergeant
SI: You've done three movies with a basketball
connection--Cornbread, Earl and Me, Fast Break--and you did the
voice-over for Michael Jordan To the Max. Does basketball hold a
particular appeal to you?
Fishburne: I'm not a sports fan, but everybody's a Michael Jordan
SI: Did you get to spend any time with Jordan?
Fishburne: I've met Michael only once or twice. But from what I
heard, he loved The Matrix, and he loves my voice and he asked
that I be the person to narrate that film.
SI: You were raised in Brooklyn. Yankees or Mets fan?
Fishburne: After the 1969 Knicks, man, no sports mattered to me.
They were the guys. That was it for sports after that.
SI: You were born in Augusta, Georgia. If Augusta National
offered you a golf membership, would you accept it?
Fishburne: I would. Because they offered it to me and it's my
SI: Your characters almost always have an edge. Are people born
badass, or can you train to be that way?
Fishburne: Oh, I don't know. I'm not much of a badass. I just
play one in the movies. --Richard Deitsch
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COLOR PHOTO: DREAMWORKS (FISHBURNE) "I'm not a badass."