Stonefish scare gave Damian grief on the Reef
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