While filming a scene for his upcoming film “Chasing Mavericks,” Butler revealed, “It looked like a tsunami coming in. I was down. I just didn’t come back up, really. I just started to think, ‘Wow, I’m going to die making a movie.’”
The actor brought along footage with him that showed the incident in which he was caught in a “two-wave hold down.” This occurs when someone is knocked over by a wave so deeply, they’re unable to get to the surface before the next wave hits.
Perhaps most shocking of all, Butler wanted to go back immediately. “I was going to go back that day. I was actually in the ambulance and wanted to go back, which was a little crazy, but it’s pretty addictive.”
See the film Butler nearly gave his life for, “Chasing Maverick,” in theaters Oct. 26.
And check out these official “Chasing Mavericks” interviews with Gerard Butler, Elisabeth Shue, Leven Rambin and star Jonny Weston: