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Life imitated art for Gerard Butler on Sunday when he suffered a nasty fall while filming his upcoming surfing movie Of Men and Mavericks in northern California. According to ESPN.com, Butler was out catching a wave in the famed Mavericks Point, when he was pulled underwater and dragged over a rocky reef. He was not seriously injured by the accident, but was dazed and shaken by it.
An eyewitnesses tells ESPN that Butler, 42, was held underneath the water for two waves and then took four or five more to the head before he was rescued. He was brought to Stanford Medical Center and is expected to make a full recovery.
Butler's movie is about famed surfer Jay Moriarty, who made his name surfing out at Mavericks. Coincidentally, Moriarty became internationally famous in 1994 when he wiped out there and it was caught on film. Maybe Butler's big spill can actually make it into the film after all?
Mavericks is a dangerous location for surfers, whether their new to the sport or seasoned amateurs. Rooker surfer Jacob Trette almost lost his life there in January, and pro sufer Sion Milosky drowned at the same spot in March.