Next time you complain about your job, just be glad it doesn’t entail a quick brush with death. Unless it does, then carry on.
Gerard Butler was rushed to the hospital on Sunday after he cheated death surfing in a notoriously dangerous spot off San Francisco. Butler is currently filming the movie Men of Mavericks. The surfing area that almost took is spot was aptly called Mavericks.
Butler was thrown off his surfboard and hit by a series of 12 foot high waves. Are there 12 foot high waves?! Is that a thing?! I'm pretty sure he was in the middle of a tsunami. Anyway, Butler was pinned underwater, and rescuers dragged him from the water onto a jet ski. He was then brought onshore where an ambulance rushed him to the hospital.
How much are we betting that the director said, "Hey, we were rolling, right?"
Eye witness and surfer Frank Quirarte told the Daily Mirror: "Butler was held down for a solid two-waves and took four or five more waves on the head.
He was then washed through the rocks on the inside before he was finally able to be plucked out."
Quirarte then vouched for the danger of that San Franscisco surfing spot:
"Even on small days the inside at Maverick’s can push 10ft plus and really tear you up.
When they brought Butler in he had that 100-yard stare that surfers get after a two-wave hold [down] or near death experience."
The accident happened at the exact spot where surfer Sion Milosky died eight months ago in a near identical accident.
Green screen might not be as authentic, but at least it's not, you know, deadly.