August 20, 2001 12:00 PM

It all nearly came to a very embarrassing end for Fabio two years ago, when, riding a Williamsburg, Va., roller coaster for a publicity appearance, the former model, 42, was smacked in the face by a wayward goose. “They said I broke every single law of physics known to man,” he says. “A 15-lb. goose at 70 miles per hour will take your head off.” Head intact, as well as his brawny 6’3″ frame (the goose, sadly, was not so lucky), Fabio has put both to good use. He now runs his own film production company, specializing in animation. His first big project: Thor: God of Thunder, an upcoming animated feature. “To me, the future of TV and movies is going to be 3-D animation,” says Fabio (born Fabio Lanzoni), whose six-bedroom L.A. home is filled with equipment. “Sad to say, but I think actors are going to be out of jobs. “In the meantime, Fabio, who moved from Milan to the U.S. in 1980 and quickly became the world’s most renowned romance-novel cover boy, is getting plenty of roles. He made a cameo appearance in last year’s Dude, Where’s My Car? and is in Ben Stiller’s comedy Zoolander, due in September as well as this month’s romantic comedy Bubble Boy. “He’s a really sensitive, low-key, loyal guy who likes to laugh at himself,” says friend Amy Katakin, 47. Now the avid motorcyclist (he owns 125 bikes) is looking for someone to laugh with. “I once had this girl who I loved in an incredible way, but I blew it,” he says. “I’m waiting for that second chance. I believe in life you always get a second chance.”

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