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BLUE CRUSH

About The Production
Anne Marie is no Betty. And she's no Gidget either.

As for the game of life being played in Blue Crush, it's about as far away from Beach Blanket Bingo as you will ever get.

This is NOT your parents' idea of a surf movie.

Welcome to the North Shore of Oahu, where a seven-mile strip of surfing subculture just got ripped in its own machismo barrel by a new breed of athlete - surfer girls.

Filmed entirely on the North Shore at the epicenter of big wave surfing - without a single blue screen or tank shot - Blue Crush was inspired by writer Susan Orlean's article for Outside Magazine, "The Surf Girls of Maui." An avid surfer, producer Brain Grazer acquired rights to the article in hopes of fulfilling a dream of his own: "To capture the subculture of surfing" and film an accurate portrayal of one of the world's most exhilarating, dangerous and misunderstood sports. He found a way of telling it through director and co-writer John Stockwell's interpretation of an evolving and unrealized force in that world - women surfers.

"It's based on this short story about poor surf girls, Hana surf girls, who just didn't have the money to do anything except be maids. For them, if they could go beyond that, they would be a surfer and try to establish their identity that way," Grazer said. "Pipeline has become the ultimate contest for any man and particularly a woman, to survive because it has a global wave intensity and it crashes on coral."

While the story spins around the emergence of these women on the waves, the real star of the film is Mother Nature herself. "The surf is the star and we had to acknowledge in filming, this is a star we couldn't control!" quipped Stockwell.

Grazer put it another way: "What the tornado was to Twister, the surf is to Blue Crush."

As Stockwell and Lizzy Weiss began to immerse themselves in the Oahu subculture and develop the story, they found that a star per se was not needed above the film's title. Concept had surpassed credits so Stockwell and Grazer began looking for believable actresses who were basically unknowns.

"There are certain movies where a high profile name would be distracting and one about surfing falls in that category," noted Stockwell, a veteran surfer. "You would watch a big star surfing and think, ‘Wow, there's no way Sarah Michelle Gellar surfs that well!' It was to Universal's and Imagine's credit that they were supportive of having the lead be a relative unknown."

They found that lead in Kate Bosworth.

"I thought maybe Kate was too elegant and refined and was concerned that she wouldn't be believable as this girl who sleeps on a mattress on the floor and takes on the scariest wave in the world," recalled Stockwell. "When she got to Oahu, she became the character physically and mentally and the pro surfers in our movie all said, ‘Yeah, she could be one of us."

It's simply because Bosworth came prepared. (She<

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