THE RED BULLETIN : How did you feel when you were offered the role of action-sports nut turned bank robber Bodhi?
Édgar Ramirez : I was 13 when the original Point Break came out and I was very inspired by it. Little did I know that years later I would be playing Bodhi! He was the character I was most impressed by, because of his freedom and the spiritual battle he leads. Back then society was all about money and accumulating, and Bodhi was trying to rebel against that. Now, we’re payinga huge toll for that era of excess and the guys in the new movie are taking action – it’s not only rebelling against the system, it’s taking down the system.
How many of the stunts did you do yourself?
We came as close as it was safe for us, and sometimes we pushed it even further than that. When we were filming the climbing scenes at Angel Falls in Venezuela, I was hanging at over 900m above the highest waterfall in the world. I learned how to surf in one of the biggest swells so far this century in Tahiti. We shot everything for real. It was more than a production; it was an expedition.
You had top action-sports athletes on set as your advisors and stunt performers – how did they enhance the shoot?
It was a huge privilege having Laird Hamilton as your surfing teacher, Xavier De Le Rue teaching you to do big-mountain snowboarding and Chris Sharma as your rock-climbing mentor. They were there to support us both technically and emotionally – we were trying to recreate not only their form,but their state of mind, the things that these guys feel to achieve the impossible. It was a very humbling experience.
When action sports meet action movies…
Point Break (1991)
Spiritual warrior Bodhi (Patrick Swayze) and his gang of surfers/bank robbers are infiltrated by former American football player turned rookie FBI agent, Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves).
Sylvester Stallone stars as climber Gabe Walker, who gets caught up in a deadly game
of cat and mouse with John Lithgow’s band of mercenaries in the Rocky Mountains.
Terminal Velocity (1994)
Charlie Sheen’s maverick skydiving instructor teams up with Nastassja Kinski’s former KGB agent to foil the schemes of the Russian mafia. Really.
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