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The boys of 1987's
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"Nobody listens to Turtle." Well, Turtle, we're all ears. Anyone who's seen the 1987 film,
Now, Turtle goes by his real name, John Philbin. Behind the camera, Philbin has taught actors how to walk the walk, talk the talk, and wax the top of a board. Most notably, he transformed Kate Bosworth from an East Coast equestrienne into a believable surfer girl for Blue Crush.
Philbin has had a full career,
as both a surfer who acts and an actor who surfs, but he wouldn’t mind a little
more. After teaching a surf lesson in
You were in
I was Turtle, the surfboard sander who…
You were Turtle? I love Entourage!
Hardy har har.
Truthfully, I cringe when I watch Entourage, because in another lifetime, I was
hanging around in
You think the writers of Entourage stole your name?
No. Turtle on Entourage is nothing like Turtle on
Philbin with the real inspiration for the character Turtle.
That was his real nickname?
Yeah. He goes by Turtle. That was his name and his character, and I just
kind of played him. Now that name and character have taken on an existence
beyond me and him or anybody. He makes cool boards on the
So you were Turtle in North Shore and the bank robber in the Jimmy Carter mask in Point Break.
Yes, in Point Break, Turtle got shot and killed by
The Coconut Wireless is humming with rumors of sequels.
Yes they are flitting around on the Internet. I am working on the sequel to
What do you know about
I just want the sequel to be a guy from a wave park, just like the original,
but wave parks are much better now, as you know. This guy is incredibly
talented and skilled. He meets the Pipeline Posse at a wave park and beats them
and wins a trip to the North Shore and a wild card into the Pipe Masters -
which is the typical sports drama: He would fall in love with a local girl, get
in a fight, he would have to learn how to handle big waves and get hassled by
the locals. Makua Rothman was in the original
John turned Kate Bosworth into a believable surfer girl for Blue Crush
Courtesy John Philbin
Between Point Break 2 and
I think Point Break is farther along in the process. Peter Iliff wrote the original and wants to direct this one. It’s
Bodhi is still alive?
Maybe, because his body never turned up. Non habeas corpus. He might be alive, and maybe he is hiding
Think Johnny Utah will be in it? An older FBI agent, still mourning Angelo.
Pappas! Speaking of Pappas, that is how I got connected to Chasing the Dream.
Nice segue. You set me up!
Thank you. Because I worked on Point Break with Gary Busey I was able to attach him as a narrator. The director, Angelo Mei, wanted Gary Busey to narrate Chasing the Dream and I think his narration came out great.
What is Chasing the Dream and how did you get involved?
The director, Angelo Mei, and I had worked on a TransWorld/Billabong movie called Learn to Surf. So he came
to me when he got another job to direct this documentary for Quiksilver and MetalStorm
Entertainment. Josh Williams became the Executive Producer and really funded
this amazing, full-length documentary about a team of
You re-created your Turtle character for a Jamie O’Brien video. I saw it at one of the trade shows.
Yes, Jamie O’Brien, Pipe Master extraordinaire. He’s one talented guy. I
love watching him surf. I go into Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf just to watch little
snippets of him surfing on their web thing. I guess he was a fan of the movie
As a surf instructor, who is the fastest learner you have ever seen?
Well Kate was fantastic, but Viggo Mortensen was the freakiest, super John From Cincinnati learning novice I have ever gone surfing with. Big movie stars are usually fantastic athletes: just say action.
I’ve been watching John From
It’s not just unique to Jesus. It’s any realized being who has transcended and has a direct line to God.
Like Kelly Slater.
Yes, someone who can perform miracles. “I’ve prayed to that guy” is one of my favorite lines from Chasing the Dream.
Philbin can actually rip offscreen too.
Who says that?
The son of Sean Collins. After meeting Kelly he says that: “I’ve prayed to that guy.”
I think the show mis-cast Butchie Yost. I think that’s the John Philbin role. You can go over the top when called upon.
I think Butchie Yost is doing a good job of playing me. I’m a fan. I think he plays me great!
Butchie is you?
No he’s not playing me. Butchie is a guy who's a drug addict, in recovery and was a surfer. I relate to his character a lot. I was never a pro surfer who innovated the sport, like the Fletchers. They changed our sport forever. Butchie Yost is a fictitious creation by David Milch.
Have you ever known someone as strung out as that?
Yes. I have been that strung out before. I watch him do his strung out stuff and I think, “God, that’s me.”
I have my eye on you Turtle.
I have my eye on you.
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