As a teenager, he learned to skydive and earned a second dan black belt in Shotokan karate. Jesse was unharmed, though the RNLI later criticised him for the stunt, saying its crew "had not appreciated" that a child would be involved. Becoming a survival instructor, he was twice posted to North Africa. There is some dispute over whether he was the youngest Briton to have done so, as he was preceded by James Allen, a climber holding dual Australian and British citizenship, who reached the summit in at age To prepare for climbing at such high altitudes in the Himalayas , in , Grylls became the youngest Briton to climb Ama Dablam , a peak once described by Sir Edmund Hillary as "unclimbable".
I used to know Keanu Reeves. I got hired as an office intern, was soon promoted to office PA, and then got a second promotion to location assistant. Before I was fired in winter so they could hire a much more qualified person for the job. Because I answered the phones, made the coffee and took out the trash well before shooting, I was around to hear the gossip, pick up on the undercurrents, and generally make myself a part of the furniture. The strangest thing was, though, that Keanu Reeves was insanely charismatic in person.