|Fiennes directing Butler.|
Knowing how zealous Harvey Weinstein is in backing projects he believes in, I know it will get the promotion that it deserves if the movie is indeed worthy. This is one I am looking forward to seeing.
The good news for Coriolanus' distribution deal is not the only wave Coriolanus co-star Gerard Butler will be riding today, as it was announced that he will be starring in and co-producing "Mavericks," a movie that all serious surfers will know refers to that piece of Ocean in Northern California that provides them with some of the most challenging waves on the continent. Coming from an area where surfing was a passion for many, no one escaped the legend of Mavericks' waves.
|More surfing lessons for Butler.|
Mavericks will be helmed by Curtis Hansen, who directed the marvelous L.A. Confidential This alone makes me have high hopes for this current endeavor by Gerard Butler as actor and as co producer (along with producing partner, Alan Siegel).
As an interesting aside, the area was named Mavericks after a dog. According to Wikipedia:
In early March 1961, three surfers, Alex Matienzo, Jim Thompson, and Dick Knottmeyer, decided to try the distant waves off Pillar Point. With them was a white-haired German Shepherd named Maverick, owned by a roommate of Matienzo. Maverick was used to swimming out with his owner, or with Matienzo, while they were out surfing.The trio left Maverick on shore but he swam out and caught up with them. Finding the conditions too unsafe for the dog, Matienzo paddled back and tied Maverick to the car bumper before rejoining the others. The riders had limited success that day, surfing overhead peaks about 1/4 mile from shore, just along the rocks that are visible from shore. They deemed conditions for surfing the bigger outside waves too dangerous.
They decided to name the point after Maverick, who seemed to have gotten the most out of the experience. It became known as "Maverick's Point", and later simply "Maverick's".
Songs out of tune, the words always a little wrong...Canzoni Stonate
Butler surfing photo courtesy of GBGALS.