Gerard Butler is playing a legendary surfer on the set of “Of Men and Mavericks,” but it looks like he needs to leave the actual surfing to the professionals. The Scottish actor was rushed to the hospital after being dragged over rocks and held underwater by two waves at Mavericks, a popular surfing destination in Northern California where the movie is being filmed. Luckily, Butler was not seriously injured and was released the same day.
Pro surfers Peter Mel, Zach Wormhoudt and Greg Long, who are surf consultants while filming were with Butler at the time of the accident and said that the actor wasn’t being ‘cocky’ while surfing and was doing everything “within reason” while in the water.
Butler is portraying surfer Jay Moriarty who died on June 15, 2001 in a free-diving accident in the Indian Ocean at the age of 22, one day before his 23rd birthday. Mavericks attracts surfers to for it’s big waves uncommon to California but has taken the lives of a few of the most seasoned surfers including pro surfer Sion Milosky this past March. The “300″ actor should be counting his blessings that he walked away from his ordeal with only a few scrapes.
“Of Men and Mavericks” will be released in theaters on October 2012.