THE POINT BREAK STAR IS HOT HOLLYWOOD TALENT. THOUGH CLEARLY SOMEONE FORGOT TO TELL THIS HUMBLE AUSSIE ACTOR.
Don’t let that accent deceive. Luke Bracey’s laidback Aussie twang might have you assuming the 26-yearold hasn’t ventured far from Sydney’s Northern Beaches – or TV’S Summer Bay, where he scored his frst acting break – but that’s far from the truth. In little more than three years, Bracey’s notched up screen time with Pierce Brosnan, Channing Tatum and Dwayne Johnson. Then there’s his flming of upcoming Mel Gibson picture Hacksaw Ridge, alongside Andrew Garfeld, Vince Vaughn and Sam Worthington. Right now, it’s all about Point Break, a remake of the Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves 1991 action thriller. Bracey plays Johnny Utah, an FBI agent who goes undercover to solve a series of crimes committed by an extreme sports gang. We caught up with him to chat breaking Hollywood, staying grounded, and downing martinis with James Bond.
GQ: How familiar were you with the original movie?
Luke Bracey: I was a huge fan. When I heard that I’d got it, I just freaked out. My mates and I lived for the next three days quoting Point Break lines.
GQ: You take on Keanu Reeves’ role. Feel like they’re big shoes to fill?
LB: I feel pressure every time I get a role. But that’s a good thing – the day I get a job where I think it’s going to be easy, I’ll give it up. I want it to be a challenge.
GQ: Your first gig was a requisite stint on Home and Away. Was Hollywood always on the cards?
LB: I was never thinking of being an actor – I wanted to be a professional footy player or a builder. But no one gets offered a role on TV every day, so I thought I might as well do it. On the third day, the whole acting thing clicked, and I remember telling my Dad I’d give it a go. He goes: ‘You know what most actors are?’ I said, ‘What?’ He goes: ‘Waiters.’ But I’m lucky I proved him wrong.
GQ: Any surreal moments?
LB: When I worked with Pierce Brosnan on November Man, we’d fnished our frst day of shooting and he suggested we have a drink. I got a beer, and he goes, ‘I’m going to have a vodka martini.’ And while we’re waiting, Pierce and I did impersonations of every James Bond ordering a martini – him doing Sean Connery, me doing Roger Moore. I had to pinch myself, for sure.
GQ: What did you get with your first proper Hollywood pay cheque?
LB: I really don’t have expensive taste. When I was waiting to hear if I got November Man, I used to go to a gym next door to a vintage sunglass store. I thought if I get to make a movie with Pierce Brosnan, I’m going to buy myself a pair of sunglasses. The next day I got the call, so I went in and spent $350 on a pair of vintage 1970s Dunhills. That’s about it.
GQ: Last of the big spenders, then? What keeps you grounded?
LB: It’s really good when you have a group of mates who you grew up with in Sydney. They see a photo of you and they’ll be sure to make fun of you. It’s a good reminder you’re just playing expensive dress-ups at the end of the day. Point Break is in cinemas January 1