It’s been four years since Kevin Bieksa completed his finance degree at Bowling Green but it comes as no surprise that the former 3.42 GPA scholar still picks up a book from time to time.
He names Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code as one his favourites but never really got into the others in the series of Brown’s books.
“There was one before [The Da Vinci Code], it’s not part of that series. I have it at home, which I started reading but I haven’t finished it and then kind of just put it down in the summer and I haven’t really got back to it.”
Of course, as with most popular books, The Da Vinci Code was produced into a movie. The main character of Robert Langdon, a professor of religious symbology at Harvard University, was played by Tom Hanks.
“I did watch the movie but I didn’t enjoy it as much as the book but it’s usually the way it goes. [Hanks] did an okay job but you know when you’re reading, it’s your perception of how things are happening, you picture characters in your own way and he wasn’t what I pictured.”
Regardless of your thoughts or Bieksa’s, the movie grossed over 700 million dollars while in theatres and the book managed 14 consecutive weeks on top of the New York Times bestseller list and has printed over 60 million copies.
Bieksa is a favourite among Vancouver media with an engaging personality and memorable sound bytes but while he is colourful, when it comes to his mobile device, well, it’s not so much.
“It’s just one of the generic ones, it’s called classic ring or continental ring or something like that.”
While he didn’t have much to divulge on his cell phone tune, he was willing to share some of his teammates’ ring tones.
“I’m not like [Ryan] Kesler, who has the rap music or [Alex] Burrows, who has the Celine Dion. Mine is pretty standard.”
Luc Bourdon noted that Bieksa as one of two (the other being Alex Burrows) most famous contacts in his cell phone, which makes Bieksa a celebrity in his own right. With his growing popularity in Vancouver, there’s no question he’s getting noticed when he walks down the street, so who are the famous people in his list?
“I don’t know, I don’t have any celebrities in there yet.”
Yet. Does Bourdon count?
Forced to stay home for over two and a half months due to an injured calf muscle and tending to a newborn baby boy, the feisty defenceman found inspiration on the television.
“I’m starting to watch American Gladiators but the season’s over, I picked it up late but I watched it when it first came out back in the 90s.”
Bieksa’s received three fighting majors since his return to the lineup February 21 with two of those on March 6th against Nashville.
The original series debuted in 1989 and saw men and women compete against a cast of gladiators in contests of strength and agility.
American Gladiators returned to television earlier this year with a brand new cast and a revamped set and format. There are mixed reviews on the changes but there’s one thing that hooked Bieksa.
“They brought out the new and improved and I started watching it. It’s not as good as the old one but it’s okay. I love Hulk Hogan. I’ve always been a Hulk Hogan fan. What I don’t like is the interviews before every event and then after the events, just too many interviews.”
Not much of a “favourites” type of guy, there are just too many movies to name just one really good one and he’s seen his share of movies. On his most recent list are two 2007 Academy Award nominees.
“I can’t remember every movie I’ve seen but recently I watched 3:10 to Yuma, I really enjoyed that and No Country for Old Men.”
Starring Tommy Lee Jones, No Country for Old Men won four Oscars at this year’s event received high praises from Bieksa except for the ending, which he said was disappointing.
3:10 to Yuma received two Oscar nominations but didn’t walk away with the golden statue.
Both movies are much more on the serious side – very different than Ocean’s Eleven and Old School, which he names his favourites in the Canucks media guide.