Fans were just about to lose their favorite Hollywood actor, as Gerard Butler almost died surfing over the weekend. He was held under water after being caught inside at Mavericks, in Northern California.
Gerard Butler was paddling out at the famous big wave surf spot in Northern California, when the star got pounded by a set of 12-16 foot waves. In real danger of drowning, Butler was held under water for several instances and dragged through rocks, until he was rescued by a safety worker and taken by ambulance to Stanford Medical Center for observation.
Frank Quirarte wrote on ESPN.com, that when Butler was pulled out of the water “he had that 100-yard stare that surfers get after a two-wave hold-down or near-death experience”.
The actor’s rep said: “He’s fine. Very scary. They brought him to Stanford University. More scary than anything. For precaution, we all wanted him checked out after it all happened. Came out with flying colors”.
Interesting is that according to the San Mateo Times, Butler might have entered a game way off his league. The publication says that actor Gerard Butler made an attempt to show off his surfing skills and went in the water with competitive surfers Greg Long, Zach Wormhoudt and Peter Mel.
Zach Wormhoudt said that the day Butler picked to get his feet wet at Mavericks was a memorable one. “It was probably the biggest set of the day” that hold them under the water. “It was intense for myself and I’ve been through a lot out there”, he says.
Butler is down at the infamous big wave surf spot for the shooting of the movie “Of Men and Mavericks”, which is expected to hit the big screens in October 2012. The famous 43 year old actor is playing Frosty Hesson in the tribute film to big wave legend Jay Moriarty who died in a free-diving accident in 2001.
Jay Moriarty is played by Jonny Weston and was a surfer from Santa Cruz who became sensational after surfing the Mavericks huge waves at age 16. The movie covers his life in Santa Cruz, his apprenticeship with Hesson and his committed performances at Mavericks.