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Surfers depart the water along the beach at Mavericks, as film crews get their footage via helicopter in the distance, in early February. Gerard Butler, star of the upcoming film Of Men and Mavericks, gained headlines after being held underwater for two waves in a life-threatening situation during filming in December of 2011.

“Of Men and Mavericks” star Gerard Butler has checked out of rehab after developing dependence on pain medication his publicists say was prescribed after a surf accident that occurred while filming on the coast in December.

News reports say a healthy Butler left the Betty Ford Center early Friday morning. The reports quote Gerard’s publicist saying the Scottish actor’s problems began in 2006, during physically demanding filming of “300.” On Dec. 18, 2011, during his final days of filming, Butler was held under for two waves, leading the actor to exacerbate previous injuries. Butler’s manager told online news site TMZ that the actor began struggling with pain management. Rather than developing a reliance on prescription drugs, he checked into the rehabilitation clinic about three weeks ago, TMZ reports.

Waves on the day of Butler’s surf accident were reportedly about 12 feet, with some larger sets coming through. Local surf photographer Frank Quirarte witnessed the incident and wrote about it in an article. He says Butler was held down for two waves, then took several more waves to the head before he was washed through the rocks.

Firefighter paramedics evaluated Butler, then he was transported by ambulance to Stanford Medical Center. Witness reports following the December incident indicated that Butler was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

“Of Men and Mavericks” chronicles the life of legend surfer Jay Moriarity. The star of "300" and other films was seen throughout his filming at restaurants, bars, on the beach and at other points around the Coastside.


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