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Gerard Butler to star in Mavericks surf drama

Gerard Butler in The Ugly Truth

Story by Jack Foley

GERARD Butler is to portray surfing legend Rick “Frosty” Hesson in Curtis Hanson’s upcoming movie Mavericks.

The film will focus on the late Jay Moriarity’s quest to ride the iconic Northern California break known as Mavericks, where winter swells contribute to create waves the size of five-story buildings.

Moriarity trained for more than a year under Hesson and the film will also examine the relationship that transformed both of their lives.

According to Variety, his story remains an inspiration to surfers around the globe, who’ve since coined the phrase, “Live like Jay.”

Sadly, Moriarty was killed in a diving accident in the Maldive Islands in 2001.

Shooting on the movie is scheduled to begin in October with Hanson (of LA Confidential fame) at the helm.

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