Liam Hemsworth is six-feet-three inches of chiseled Aussie goodness, but that doesn't mean The Hunger Games actor is immune to an entity much stronger than him— the sea.
Liam's an avid surfer and told the September issue of Men's Health he almost died tackling a particularly huge wave as a youngster.
"Every day, before and after school. I wanted to surf for the rest of my life. It's what all my friends did," he told the magazine. "The fear of dying? That's part of the fun of it," he continued, saying he's wiped out more times than he can remember.
"When I was a kid, one time I got my leg rope wrapped around my whole body like a ball, under water. Couldn't get up," he said. "I was in waist-deep water, but I almost drowned. You know, I've had a few times."
Proving to be quite a risk taker, he also reveals his love for workouts that make him feel like he's going to pass out.
"I love going to the gym, sweating, running around, feeling like I'm having a heart attack," he exclaimed. "I like the physical side of boxing — it's fun to punch a bag for 20 minutes — but I also feel mentally strong when I box, I feel good in my own body."
No wonder he was a shoe in for the role of Bill "The Kid" Timmons in this month's The Expendables 2.
"There wasn't the testosterone or ego you might expect on a set like that. Everyone was so cool and professional," he said.