Jamie O’Brien hit up TransWorld SURF to talk about his movie, and his recent signing with Body Glove. Here is an excerpt from that interview:
TransWorld SURF: Last time we talked was in the lead up to your movie. What’s been the most surprising response to it?
Jamie O’Brien: When people that have known me my whole life said they learned things about me. Like “I didn’t know you were deaf,” or, “I didn’t know you were retarded.” (laughs) Some people that have hung out with me my whole life didn’t know some of that stuff.
There was a lot of talk about you not seeing the movie before it premiered. I’m not sure I’m buying that.
Dude, I didn’t see anything. The guy packed up his stuff from Hawaii and went to edit it in California. I wanted to see a semi-finished product, but it never happened. I honestly didn’t see it until the movie premiere. I was sitting in my chair thinking, ‘This is bad.’
Bad that you didn’t get to see it beforehand?
Yeah. But it turned out cool. I guess it took me not to make it to find out who I really am. But that was part of the plan, me not having control of it.
Well, we dug it. So the reason you came by was to announce that you signed an endorsement deal with Body Glove. Do you think in some way the success of the movie helped you find a sponsor?
I don’t know. I thought it would happen faster, but at the same time I didn’t have a manager, and I wasn’t really looking. I was getting over my manager, like I didn’t want a manager, but I wasn’t getting any sponsors. But yeah, I guess it worked, they were all watching it in their board meeting. They like what I do as a freesurfer.