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Gerard Butler almost dies in surfing accident for movie

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Manly man Gerard Butler is safe and sound after almost drowning while filming a surfer movie in California, the AP reports. It's almost like the guy has hardly surfed before or something.

Butler was out at the Mavericks, a surf break in Northern California, with pro surfers Greg Long, Zach Wormhoudt and Peter Mel when a large set broke in front of the quartet and held the 42-year-old underwater. Wormhoudt told the AP Butler was held under for two waves, then washed through some rocks, still tethered to his board. A safety patrolman rescued Butler with a Jet Ski and whisked the actor to an ambulance that took him to Stanford Medical Center.

"Everything he was doing was within reason," Wormhoudt said of Butler, who was working on his meager surfing skills for the movie Of Men and Mavericks. "We took like four to five pretty big waves on the head. Basically there's nothing you can do. It was intense for myself, and I’ve been through a lot out there."

The Mavericks killed surfing pro Mark Foo in 1994, and almost got Kelly Slater in 2000. As for why Butler was out there, his movie is about Santa Cruz surfer Jay Moriarty, who surfed the Mavericks plenty but died at 23 while free-diving in 2001. It's probably safe to assume Gerry isn't playing Jay, then. (No, ironically, he's playing Moriarity's wise surfing mentor, Rick "Frosty" Hesson; he'd better keep practicing.)

[Photo: Getty Images]

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[Last modified: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 1:57pm]

    

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