Stone­fish scare gave Damian grief on the Reef

Townsville Bulletin - - The Goss -

Damian Wal­she-Howl­ing and Gy­ton Grant­ley in a scene from DAMIAN Wal­she-Howl­ing sur­vived a near-death ex­pe­ri­ence and mild hypothermia while film­ing scenes for new movie The Reef.

He stepped on a stone­fish dur­ing the first week of a six-week shoot.

‘‘ I had a mo­ment that was pretty hairy. My breath­ing was slightly re­stricted and I was in a pretty agi­tated state,’’ he re­called.

‘‘ They used boil­ing hot wa­ter to kill the germs and I was rushed to hos­pi­tal and jabbed with mor­phine




the but that pain.’’

The Reef is based on events in the ’ 80s off the coast of Townsville.

Four friends and a skip­per are sail­ing around the Great Bar­rier Reef when their boat cap­sizes.

Gy­ton Grant­ley plays Luke’s mate Matt and Wal­she-Howl­ing was happy to team up with his Un­der­belly co-star again.

‘‘ He’s a re­ally good buddy and we’ve built a nice work­ing re­la­tion- ship. We have a lot of re­spect for each other,’’ Wal­she-Howl­ing said.

The Reef was filmed around Her­vey Bay, Bowen and Lady El­liot Is­land in 2009. ‘‘ We were to­tally wa­ter­logged. We were in the wa­ter for up to an hour-and-a-half at a time and we were cold and had mild hypothermia,’’ he said.

‘‘ It was quite gru­elling at times but we had a close en­counter with two man­taray that was beau­ti­ful.

‘‘ I love the ocean and think it’s

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