A few years ago was asked if I wanted to make my book, Saltwater Buddha, into a film. Lara Popyack and Mike Madden have made some gorgeous ocean documentaries for the BBC and National Geographic. Mike is also a Guinness World Record-holding cave diver. I’d just written a book about zen and surfing that I had been paid so little to complete I’d had to live on my girlfriend’s dad’s sailboat in order to finish it.
In our first conversation on the phone I played it cool. I told Mike and Lara, “Thank you for the offer. Let me think about it.”
Then I hung up, screamed “GEEEEAEAAAAAAAAHHHHH!” and stayed up all night dreaming of being a movie star.