"Emile Hirsch, who plays skateboarder Jay Adams in the movie, gets ready to demonstrate one of his key moves. "Mike!" he yells to co-star Michael Angarano as he attempts to slide his skateboard across a narrow metal rail and then land with his feet on the board. "This is what I spent years working on."
"Or not," Hirsch concludes as he botches the landing.
The ultra-relaxed on-set vibe helped.
"Heath doesn't hide out in his dressing room," Alva says. "He built a camouflage tent, we had easy chairs, bongos, acoustic guitars, all the cutest chicks on the set."
Hirsch adds with an appreciative laugh: "It was like Woodstock."
The guys had skate doubles and play down any skating-related injuries, but the most serious one befell director Catherine Hardwicke, who fell and fractured the orbital bone in her face. "And I pulled my back during training. It got inflamed," Hirsch says.
Ledger adds with a grin, "And I broke a nail."