-- Luke Bracey may be stepping into the role played by Keanu Reeves in the new "Point Break," but he did not consult with the actor before remaking the 1991 classic.
"I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting him, but I hear he’s a lovely man!" Bracey, who plays undercover FBI agent, Johnny Utah, told Us Weekly in a new interview.
The 26-year-old Australian native is hoping that the remake lives up to the original film, which co-starred the late Patrick Swayze as the elusive Bodhi, played by Edgar Ramirez in the new film.
"The original is a favorite movie of mine. It’s something that I grew up with and watched so many times I really know the heart and soul of it," Bracey said. "We wanted to build off their passion, their absolute 'Point Break' attitude. For us, 'Point Break' is all about the vibe and about pushing the boundaries. When I watched our movie, at the end, I went 'yeah man, that's 'Point Break.' That was a great feeling for me."
To achieve that feeling, Bracey had to push some boundaries of his own.
"I got to hang off Angel Falls [in Venezuela] 3,000 feet in the air. That was something I will never forget," he told Us Weekly. "The butterflies in your stomach are pretty insane. Your head’s going, 'What are you doing?!' And I’m standing there saying, 'Turn the camera on in case I fall -- at least it’ll be on camera!' It helps when you’re playing such a cool dude, a man with such a love of life, and zest. Because he wants to push himself, it really helped me push myself."
But when filming wrapped, Bracey, the breakout star of the 2014 Nicholas Sparks tearjerker "The Best of Me," was ready for a break.
"I went home to my parents' place in Australia and got a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle. I’d go for a surf, sit on the beach, read my newspaper, then do my jigsaw puzzle and maybe go to the gym," he said. "I really had to consciously wind down. Filming was so intense I literally took a week or so to slowly decompress and come down from the crazy altitude that was making this movie. My mom’s going to have a heart attack when she sees me on top of Angel Falls. Hopefully she won’t kill me!"