French screen legend Gerard Depardieu insists nothing can put him off his love of motorbikes, despite the fact he's suffered 17 crashes on the speeding vehicles.

One of the GREEN CARD star's worst accidents saw him suffer multiple fractures in his leg, just days after major heart surgery.

He says, "Five breaks. They bolted the bones together under a local anaesthetic because I was still recovering from the bypass. I was back filming two days later."

"I'll always ride a motorbike. I love the feeling of freedom."