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Cruising for a cause

By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
August 5, 2011

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When he and his fellow riders finally pulled up outside Kiehl’s on Newbury Street yesterday, Jason Lee was relieved. “I’m nursing a sore butt,’’ said the “My Name Is Earl’’ actor. Lee is among a dozen or so celebs taking part in Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR, a seven-day charity motorcycle trek from Philly to Boston to New York City. “I usually ride old choppers and Triumphs,’’ said Lee. “But this BMW bike is like a Cadillac, with cruise control, an iPod, the works.’’ (Also on the ride are Kiehl’s USA president Chris Salgardo, Le Mans racer Alain de Cadenet, “Franklin & Bash’’ actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar, and “Shameless’’ cast members Justin Chatwin and Marguerite Moreau, among others.) Lee, who’s not sporting his “Earl’’ ’stache anymore, told us he’ll be on hiatus for a while after the season finale of his TNT show, “Memphis Beat,’’ but he’s always reading scripts. How about director Kevin Smith’s long-gestating reboot of “Fletch,’’ which Lee was set to star in once upon a time? “I’d do it for sure,’’ said the actor, a veteran of several Smith pics. “But rumor has it Mr. Smith isn’t making movies anymore. So I’ll have to have a talk with him.’’ (“Fletch,’’ a successful movie franchise for Chevy Chase, is based on books by former Globe editor Gregory McDonald.) The VIPs noshed on food prepared by “Top Chef’’ contestant Tiffani Faison - she’s about to open a barbecue joint called Sweet Cheeks in the Fenway - and then it was back on the bike.