TWIST recently chatted with actor/surfer Jonny Weston! Jonny spilled all about his brand new surfing film Chasing Mavericks, his intense physical training, and why YOU should go see it! Check out our conversation below, and be sure to check out Chasing Mavericks in theaters October 26!
TWIST: Can you tell us about Chasing Mavericks?
JW: It's a coming of age story. It's a true story about this legendary surfer, who at 16 was the youngest surfer to surf the biggest wave in the entire world. It's a really authentic surf movie that's based in a drama. It's also a true story about a relationship he had with his trainer, this guy who kind of became his dad in a way, because he didn't have a father. That's what it is, just a true-life drama with some really huge waves in it.
TWIST: Did you surf before you took the role?
JW: I surfed for probably 10 years beforehand, but I wasn't as good until they trained me for the movie.
TWIST: What kind of training did you have to go through?
JW: I just would paddle for miles and miles. I would paddle eight miles in the morning before filming sometimes, and surf 12 hours a day. Surfing is one of the hardest things in the world, and you wouldn't even know until you really got out there, but it's also the best thing in the world.
TWIST: Can you tell us about your character Jay?
JW: Jay Moriarty was an amazing kid! He affected the entire town. He passed away about 11 years ago. People have bracelets and they have messages written on their car saying, 'Live Like Jay.' They'll spray paint it on walls in Santa Cruz. He changed the whole town. Surfing is this heavy, dark-sided thing in some places, but he was this kid that was the best of them all. He was a powerful surfer, but he was just pure love. He'd be out there surfing on a huge day, and he'd be out there cheering for people and pushing kids into waves. That's just the kind of guy he was. He's an inspiration, taking all of that pain in his life and turning it into who he was.
TWIST: How do you relate to Jay?
JW: I relate to him in so many ways, it's crazy. I knew I would have the part. When I read it, I knew they would read thousands of people, but I knew that I understood. It's just the connection you get when you read just the right thing.
TWIST: Do you have a favorite memory from the set?
JW: My favorite memory from set - and it's selfish cause it has nothing to do with anyone else - is me riding mavericks. I rode it for one day, and I rode a wave that was like 30 feet. That was shocking and scary and insane and I will never forget that.
TWIST: Why should TWIST readers see Chasing Mavericks?
JW: First, it's the most authentic surf film that's ever been made. Nobody's ever made a movie about surfing that was like what surfing really is, what the surfing culture really is. Because you get the classic movies like Point Break and the surfers are like 'Brah!' and it's the clichÃ© stuff. But this was a real legendary kid, this was a real legendary town and it's the first time that surfing has been represented as it truly is, and not like a Hollywood version. I think readers would love to see it because it's just inspirational. It's inspirational, about love, and it's really good.
TWIST: Awesome! Thanks for chatting with us, Jonny!
JW: Thanks TWIST!