‘Point Break’ Star Luke Bracey on Why 2015 Is ‘Perfect Time’ for Remake (Video)

The actor also promises fans “homages and nods” to the original in latest episode of TheWrap’s “Drinking With the Stars”

The original “Point Break” was released nearly 25 years ago, and new leading man Luke Bracey told TheWrap in the latest episode of “Drinking with the Stars” that now is the “perfect time” for the remake.

“I grew up with the original. I grew up surfing in Sydney [Australia] and I love it, but they’re still just paddling into waves in the original movie,” Bracey, who plays Keanu Reeves‘ character Johnny Utah, told host Greg Gilman over beers.

The technology and technique of extreme sports have changed a lot in the last few decades, and Bracey says the remake’s stunts are a far cry from the first film, which also starred Patrick Swayze.

“Tow-in surfing hadn’t been invented yet,” he continued. “Just the level of sports and stunts and kind of where the world is now, I think 25 years is the perfect time for ‘Point Break’ to be redone.”

In order to get the stunts right, and keep true to the sports portrayed on screen, the Alcon production consulted professional athletes. “I think that’s a really true way of doing it,” Bracey said. “And if it was done any other way I wouldn’t want to be involved.”

But Bracey, who stars alongside Édgar Ramirez and Teresa Palmer, also promises that the remake doesn’t completely ignore the original: “We’ve got homages and nods to the original and stuff like that … That’s why its ‘Point Break,’ we’ve got some funny lines here and there.”

“At the end of the movie, I’ve got that ‘Point Break’ feeling,” he said.

“Point Break” hits theaters on Christmas Day.

Watch the interview above.