Director Ericson Core dropped by CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench on Thursday to discuss his new movie, “Point Break.” The film, inspired by the 1991 classic, is about a young FBI agent who befriends a group of extreme-sports athletes that he suspects may be responsible for a series of elaborate corporate heists.
“We don’t call it a remake – because I don’t think it is,” Core said. “I love the first movie. I actually live in Venice Beach, where it was all based. I think it’s a great piece of work. So what we were trying to do was reimagine it on a different scale 25 years later and make something that fans of the original (would like). I’m super excited about that. Because we shot in 11 countries on four continents – different crews in each place – we made a hell of a lot of friends all around the world. We had a huge crew in terms of traveling. Sometimes we worked with very small crews of four or five people behind the camera up on top of mountains and on waves, but we worked with a lot of people. There’s a lot of people involved: the best elite athletes in the world, of the extreme-sports world, the very top tier – which was great – and the actors that were brave enough and into it enough and all-in to go on top of mountains on ropes and on the steepest ice in the world and by the biggest waves.”
By the way, when Core says “extreme sports,” he means extreme sports. Certain points in the film, to put it mildly, were not easy to shoot. Scott Ferrall asked if there were times when Core was concerned about someone dying on set.
“There were a few occasions when we thought that,” Core said, completely serious. “The thing is, we spent a lot of time trying to keep stuff safe. As much as it’s great to make a film, it’s really finger-painting compared to someone’s life and safety. So we spent a lot of time trying to keep things safe and giving as much time to it as we possibly could. But we were doing dangerous things. The wing-suit sequence – literally every shot is in camera, there’s no wire work, there’s no greens screen, there’s no CG characters, its all done in camera. That is really a dangerous thing. About 25 guys a year die wing-suiting because there’s no small accidents in that. You mess up at 145 miles an hour flying next to a mountain, you don’t live to talk about it, unfortunately. So doing that was pretty crazy. And to get the coverage we needed for the film, it took 60 jumps. which was rather insane.
“So very, very dangerous stuff,” Core continued. “The guys rehearsed for months prior – six months prior – flying in formation in open air before they even went close to it. So they were very smart about how they did it. The guys were every clear about when they could or couldn’t jump, and we never pressured them to do anything that they couldn’t, and we pulled it off. But we all sighed a huge relief when we were done with he wing-suiting and everyone walked away without a scratch.”
The film, which stars Luke Bracey, Edgar Ramirez and Max Thieriot, among others, opens December 25.