Ryan Reynolds - Ryan Reynolds' Bad Skydiving Experience Left Him With A Fear Of Flying
Ryan Reynolds has developed a fear of flying after a scary skydiving experience when he was 19 years old.
The Green Lantern star and his friends were training to get their skydiving licence when his main parachute malfunctioned, sending him plummeting through the air.
During an interview with U.S. talk show host Jimmy Fallon on Thursday night (18Jul13), he recalled, "I'm on my 13th jump, lucky number 13, my 'chute opened and what happened was they call it a bag of garbage, which is not a good sound; the risers broke and the thing opened kind of vertically. So it's just sort of flapping in the wind and it really wasn't slowing me down at all. It was just making me spin out of control and almost making me unconscious; also not fun at all."
Reynolds, now 36, admits all was not lost as he had a back-up parachute, but he was too afraid to pull the cord.
He continued, "I was terrified to pull away, to break away and pull my reserve 'chute because in my idiotic 19-year-old mind I thought, 'Then I'll have no more 'chutes left', but I thankfully came to my senses, pulled away, pulled the reserve 'chute and guided down. You can't steer the reserve 'chute, because it's round, so I landed like seven or eight miles away from the actual drop zone and I was sure I was going to land in power lines and I thought, 'What a way to go: you survive a grand malfunction skydiving to burn to death.'"