Jesse James is a Big Fan

May 20, 2009
Photo: The Howard Stern Show

Jesse James stopped by to promote “Jesse James is a Dead Man” and told Howard he’d been a fan since his days as a bodyguard: “I feel like I’ve finally made it…I’ve done ’60 Minutes’ and everything else, but being here…” Jesse said one of the first people he ever worked for was Rick Rubin, and Rick would carry around tapes of Howard’s show: “It was always cool, [listening] to this guy who got kicked off the radio.”

Jesse told the crew that Rick quickly moved him from bodyguard to “special projects,” like collecting money. As Jesse made more, he began collecting bike parts and working on bikes in his garage. Howard asked Jesse about his ex-wife, porn star Janine Lindemulder, and Jesse reported, “Sometimes things aren’t what they seem…I more got into that relationship for everybody else. So guys like you would think I was cool.”

On Sandra Bullock

Jesse said he’d been upfront about his past with his current wife, actress Sandra Bullock: “I’ve always been honest with her right from the start. I was like, ‘Hey, I dated a porn star’ and ‘Hey, we’re having a kid.’ At several points, I expected her to turn around and run.”

Jesse met her when her kid toured his shop: “I kind of automatically figured she was a bitch…but she’s smart and looks you in the eye when she talks to you…so I contacted her assistant and said, ‘Hey, I wanna ask her out.’ So I asked her out and she said no.” Jesse kept asking: “We kinda emailed back and forth for a couple months…it was the first relationship I’ve ever been in that was [precluded by] a courtship.” Jesse didn’t get a kiss until the second date: “And she kissed me. Caught me off guard, too.” He finally bedded her a couple months later: “It was awesome.” Jesse added that he had a harder time winning over Sandra’s pals: “All her friends. 100 percent. They were like, ‘Absolutely no way.'” Howard wondered if Jesse ever thought about Sandra’s studly Hollywood boyfriends, but Jesse laughed then off: “None of those dudes can weld.”