Australian actor preps for 'Point Break' remake and surfs for Hollywood for roles
Sydney native Luke Bracey debuted on Australian TV series “Home and Away” in 2009, and landed his first film role opposite Leighton Meester in 2011’s romance adventure “Monte Carlo,” followed by “G.I. Joe: Retaliation.” He next joins Pierce Brosnan in Roger Donaldson’s spy pic “November Man,” set to hit theaters Aug. 27.
Bracey is on location in New Orleans shooting the bigscreen adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ “The Best of Me”; he then begins filming the remake of “Point Break,” in which he plays Johnny Utah — the role created by Keanu Reeves in the 1991 original — alongside Gerard Butler and Ray Winstone. “I grew up surfing,” Bracey says. “My dad probably put me on a surfboard before I could walk. I watched ‘Point Break’ many times growing up.”
LIVING IN THE MOMENT
Bracey had a setback last year after TV drama pilot “Westside,” in which he was to play the lead, wasn’t picked up by ABC, but he says he’s focusing on what’s in front of him (he has three films in post-production), rather than on the past. “I still don’t feel like I’ve done much,” he notes.
The actor, who just turned 25, still gets a thrill about living in Hollywood. “I grew up on the beaches of Sydney, and to move to Los Angeles is exciting just in itself,” he says. “After being here for a few years, you still have these moments driving along Sunset Boulevard in the late afternoon as the sun’s setting behind a palm tree.”