"IT WAS A DISASTER" - GERARD BUTLER
While filming the movie Chasing Mavericks, Gerard decided that he would shoot many of the surfing scenes himself, despite being told how violent the waves often got off the coast of Northern California. While out in the open water, Gerard learned first-hand just how right they were. "We saw it coming from half a mile away," Gerard explained, describing the massive wave that came straight at him.
The surf soon grew to the size of a three story building, more than 30 feet high, and all Gerard could do was try paddling away from it. But he couldn't move fast enough; the water took him under and kept him there for about 40 seconds. His board was even ripped from the cord on his leg. "It was a disaster."
GIRLS AND REHAB
Following his near fatal surfing injuries, Gerard was put on pain meds that, before long, became dependency for him. He checked himself in for a 23 day rehab stint, which proved to be one of the best experiences of his life. "The program makes you stop and look at your life."
But it turns out that, even in rehab, Gerard had women knocking down his door, or at least slipping notes under it. One fellow female patient wrote to Gerard telling him he was "f-ing hot," and that she only wished they could have sex.