Though John Goodman describes his 2003 Mercedes S-500 as "a wonderful automobile, best car I ever owned," he hasn't always felt so comfortable with luxury.
That's not a huge surprise, given the Missouri native whose mother bought him a $500 1961 Ford Fairlane when he began community college. The Mercedes is a far cry from those humble beginnings. At the fourth season premiere of TV hit "Damages," Goodman offered his perspective on automotive flashiness:
"I love cars, but after you reach a certain age, you just look like you're trying to hard," he said.
That didn't prevent the "Roseanne" and "Big Lebowski" actor from snagging a midlife crisis vehicle:
"Oh, yeah," he admitted. "I bought me a Harley."
To complement the 1994 Harley Davidson 1340 Softail Custom, he sported a full-out biker look -- but he says he did that merely for safety reasons.
"The leather jacket was necessary, cause I had to lay a bike down one time," he said. "I just got in some gravel that I couldn't handle."
Fashion aside, Goodman noted the true value of car travel, as his time spent without a ride has had lasting consequences.
"I used to hitchhike and walk everywhere, so now I need knee replacements," he said.