Ryan Phillippe broke his leg trying to stop a runaway UTV from hitting people

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On Tuesday, we got a quick health update from Ryan Phillippe after he broke his leg back in July. The 42-year-old actor posted a shirtless snap on Instagram with his leg still in a boot, with the caption, “gettin bak in fightin’ shape – war ready.” Apparently, Ryan doesn’t like the letter “g” or “c” for that matter. It’s a good thing he’s got a nice physique, as his spelling leaves a lot to be desired.

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The injury was revealed to fans on social media back in July, when Ryan posted photos from a hospital bed to social media. At the time, he didn’t reveal how he ended up injured, only sharing a tweet that simply said “This sucks.” He later sent out a series of tweets, explaining that the injury was the result of “a freak accident during a family outing” and wasn’t the result of any method acting done on the set of his TV series, Shooter. His leg was banged up enough to cut the number of episodes for his show’s second season from ten to eight.

Ryan has kept his fans in the loop on social media, posting an update in early August, in what appears to be a soft cast/boot. And, a few weeks after that, he shared a photo from his gym/garage, doing a little upper body work, with the equally grammar police-angering caption, “NOxcuse.”


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As nothing remains a mystery in Hollywood, TMZ managed to get the dirt on what went down, and it seems Ryan has been playing down his humble, hero side. In the site’s report, Ryan was off-roading when the vehicle he was driving rolled over. He attempted to right the vehicle with the help of another person, but the parking brake wasn’t engaged, resulting in the UTV rolling down a hill and into a crowd. Ryan tested his superpowers, trying to grab the steering wheel but got pulled underneath the vehicle, which left him with a broken leg when it rolled over him. Ouch.

Fortunately, Ryan is definitely on the road to recovery, excitedly tweeting on Tuesday, “DOC SAYS I CAN START WALKING AGAIN!!!!!!”

I don’t really get the “shrouded in secrecy” part of this story, maybe he really wanted to keep his heroics low-key, but I’m glad he’s on the road to recovery. Broken bones do suck, especially when they impede your ability to walk (and, speaking from personal experience, a broken elbow isn’t walk in the park either). And, hey, any excuse to post photos of a shirtless, good-looking actor is a-okay with me. Speedy recovery, Ryan.

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  1. Clare says:

    He is kinda hot but oh my god that bad grammar and ridiculous bandana thing are SO gross. Anyway I guess I appreciate him not shoving his heroics down social media throats.

    • Esmom says:

      The bandana made me LOL. And the grammar thing is gross, what’s that about? Is it cooler to misspell?

      • Sojaschnitzel says:

        @esmom according to my boss it is. No kidding. He checks my company tweets and “loosens them up a bit”. *eyeroll*

      • Esmom says:

        Sojaschnitzel, I get that if you’re marketing to a young audience. But he’s a 40-something dad, not enough “loose” spelling to mitigate that, lol. I also think you can be funny and irreverent with your tweets without dropping the “c” in “back.”

  2. Originaltessa says:

    My guess is he’s not a hero because he was driving and probably got the UTV in the predicament in the first place…

    • Feedmechips says:

      Right. He was the one who flipped it over in the first place. I guess I wouldn’t want to tell the whole world about how I did that either if I were him.

    • Esmom says:

      My thoughts exactly.

      • nona says:

        Agree. I live in a lovely rural area and we get a lot of urban wanna-be-cowboys coming down to play on their spanking new UTVs and/or hunt (another nightmare altogether). Rolling a UTV is a sign of reckless driving or inexperience. Not setting the brake means you don’t understand basic safety measures. Good for him for at least trying to stop the UTV, but I wouldn’t call him a “humble hero” for keeping this story to himself or for trying to mitigate the damage he caused.

    • Pandy says:

      My thoughts too. Insurance payouts ca-ching!!

  3. Margo S. says:

    Damn. He is handsome.

  4. Serene Wolf says:

    Lmao at “Apparently, Ryan doesn’t like the letter “g” or “c”.”

    I’ve never liked this cradle snatching, himbo.

  5. Barrett says:

    Wow very low brow. What’s Reese 1950s house wife have to say?

  6. Alleycat says:

    How is it secrecy? He didn’t have to say why he broke his leg on social media or in general. I’ll always have a soft spot for him since I know what you did last summer.

  7. JEM says:

    He is so hot, but seems like he takes himself SUPER seriously. War ready? Are you actually going to war? Nope? Calm down.

  8. Jess says:

    I couldn’t handle that spelling, nope! He seems a bit thirsty as well, especially for his age.

    • SM says:

      Second that. The amount of selfies one posts to social media is one the quickest ways to kill all the hots for that person. At least for me. I know most actors are shallow but those that have social media only for half naked selfies are the deffinition of vanity for me and that usually kills all the interest in me.

  9. poorlittlerichgirl says:

    I’m so humble. I’m no hero. But I am rly rly gd lookin. Do wrk son.

  10. detritus says:

    Ugh. Would hate bang.
    Gagged with that stupid headband though.

  11. OSTONE says:

    He is hot but I wouldn’t hit it just on the spelling alone.

  12. Mop top says:

    Huh. According to another gossip site, he was high as a kite, caused the problem in the first place, and then put the spin on it that he was helping people. I know which story I believe.

  13. NotSoSocialButterfly says:


    Okay, I had to look THREE TIMES, but confirmed that his boot jumps to his right leg in one photo, while it is on his left leg in two.


    • Originaltessa says:

      The two that appear to be on his left, he’s taking through a mirror (you can see his phone in the pics) so the image is flipped. It’s seemingly on his right leg.

  14. Cali says:

    He’s hot, but I still wonder if he ever stepped up to help Alexis Knapp with their daughter. I heart her for always keeping things super down-low and not parading the kid around. She’ll share a pic on social media once in a blue moon and seems like a great mom.

  15. Carol says:

    anyone else think he’s had some work done on his eyes?

  16. Jag says:

    Heroics? Ummmm no.

    He was riding an ATV and rolled it – not heroic.

    He then tried to turn it over on a hill without making sure that it was safe to do so – not heroic.

    He then tried to stop it from rolling down the hill where it would hurt people – his fault.

    But you’re free to think that he’s heroic if you want to.

  17. Heather says:

    What does utv stand For? I thought it was atv,
    All terrain vehichle?