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Gerard Butler

Gerard Butler

Birthday: 13 November 1969, Paisley, Scotland, UK
Birth Name: Gerard James Butler
Height: 188 cm

Gerard James Butler was born in Paisley, Scotland, to Margaret and Edward Butler, a bookmaker. His family is of Irish origin. Gerard spent some of his very early childhood in Montreal, Quebec, but was ...Show more

Gerard Butler
[on prepping for his nude scene in Law Abiding Citizen (2009)] It was a great chance for me to get r Show more [on prepping for his nude scene in Law Abiding Citizen (2009)] It was a great chance for me to get really cut and shredded. I was inspired for that scene by De Niro in Taxi Driver (1976), the scene where he is doing the push-ups. And you go wow! You just take one look and it just says so much about that guy. Often when you see psychos and when you imagine them, you can see those muscles and them being all sinewy and that looks quite terrifying and it suggests a lot, how much extra work has been put into it. So it was a time for me to get really cut. One of the advantages of that scene was it meant that I had to train. And that's one of the best ways for me to try and get my body in shape. Hide
On acting: Just make them feel something, because I think so many of us, including myself, spend too Show more On acting: Just make them feel something, because I think so many of us, including myself, spend too much time not feeling enough, you know? Hide
[on being proud of the way he looked in 300 (2006)]: When you work so hard on your body and suddenly Show more [on being proud of the way he looked in 300 (2006)]: When you work so hard on your body and suddenly you're proud of the way you look, I'm quite happy to show off! I'm pretty much happy to walk around naked any chance I get, because I know as soon as this movie finishes it'll all disappear again, so I might as well enjoy being seen while I have it. Hide
You've got to move on and it's a shame because there's a part of you that thinks, 'I was so attached Show more You've got to move on and it's a shame because there's a part of you that thinks, 'I was so attached to that movie and its success and what it meant to me.' There's a part of you that wants to pull that off again. I heard some backroom chatter about another 300 (2006) movie. I don't know if it would be a sequel or a prequel but I haven't read anything. I can't see it myself, the idea in general. I'm not sure which way they would go with that. When Russell Crowe did Gladiator (2000), he didn't come back and do another one. Like mine, his character died. Hide
[on enjoying his fitness level in 300 while it lasted] No, I am sorry man, my six-pack was not added Show more [on enjoying his fitness level in 300 while it lasted] No, I am sorry man, my six-pack was not added in later. It was weird, I could stick my fingers two knuckles deep into my abs as I often showed people while making 300. Because I am thinking, I am never going to look like this again. I want to show my abs to everybody. So I would pretty much walk around and go to the post office and lift my shirt and point to it and say 'Hello look. Check out my six-pack. How cool is that.' I was very very proud of my body. Hide
[on his transformation for Gods of Egypt] I was playing an Egyptian God in this one and I put on 30 Show more [on his transformation for Gods of Egypt] I was playing an Egyptian God in this one and I put on 30 pounds in 4 months. That's a lot. At that time I decided I am never going to do it again. I've done it too many times now. It's tough. Hide
I see a lot of actors for whom life becomes one big schedule. I guess I try to be more sensitive to Show more I see a lot of actors for whom life becomes one big schedule. I guess I try to be more sensitive to my private life - to take a breath of fresh air and be in the countryside or on a golf course. Hide
[on what he was trying to achieve with his physique in 300 (2006)]: I wanted to look really strong. Show more [on what he was trying to achieve with his physique in 300 (2006)]: I wanted to look really strong. I've seen so many actors play these kinds of roles, and you see all this equipment on either a big belly or skinny little arms. You know that every bead of sweat falling off your head, every weight you've pumped -- the history of that is all in your eyes. That was a great thing, to put on that cape and put on that helmet, and not have to think, Shit, I should have trained more. Instead, I was standing there feeling like a lion. Hide
[on being asked if his famous six-pack abs in 300 (2006) was CGI] No they weren't, not at all, are y Show more [on being asked if his famous six-pack abs in 300 (2006) was CGI] No they weren't, not at all, are you kidding me? When I was training, my six-pack was so pronounced that I could stick up to my second knuckle of my finger into my stomach, defining my six-pack. I was truly buff and God-like. Actually, that question annoys me because I am still suffering from the aches and pains of the work that I put in for that movie because I over-trained ridiculously. I had my own body-building trainer and then I trained with the film crew and then I would pump on set all the time and then people come with stuff like "Oh you wore a body suit?" or "Oh it was all digitally enhanced?" or "Oh it was painted on?". It was all very much me! Hide
[on his irritation when people claimed his body in 300 (2006) was CGI enhanced]: I was a bit annoyed Show more [on his irritation when people claimed his body in 300 (2006) was CGI enhanced]: I was a bit annoyed when people suggested I was wearing a body suit, when I thought of all the work involved. I was aiming for the stars. I wanted to look superhuman, like nobody had ever looked before. Then I'd look down at me and think this doesn't look real. Hide
[on being asked if film-makers CGIed in his abs for 300 (2006)] No not the abs. My abs in the movie Show more [on being asked if film-makers CGIed in his abs for 300 (2006)] No not the abs. My abs in the movie are mine (own). It is very expensive to CGI in somebody's abs for a second, never mind for a whole film. That's a 5 million dollar deal for just one person! Warner Brothers were excited for me to do this film, but they weren't 5 million dollars excited, to CGI in my abs. I shed blood, sweat and tears for that six-pack. Hide
In Scotland I'm just like a lot of other guys, but in America I'm seen as a very strong, masculine g Show more In Scotland I'm just like a lot of other guys, but in America I'm seen as a very strong, masculine guy. Hide
[on his family back home in Scotland] I go home and they'll cook Christmas ­dinner, and she's like, Show more [on his family back home in Scotland] I go home and they'll cook Christmas ­dinner, and she's like, 'C'mon, give a hand, come on, wash the dishes or put the dishes away.' And I'm like, 'Mom, I am a major Hollywood movie star, I can't be doing this. It's embarrassing.' Hide
[on whether he would show his 300 shape for Law Abiding Citizen] Every time I have a new film out, p Show more [on whether he would show his 300 shape for Law Abiding Citizen] Every time I have a new film out, people ask me, are you going to show your 300 six-pack in this movie. And I always say no. Because you have to realize the extent to which I went for 300. My six-pack in 300, it was actually an eight-pack by the way, was ridiculous. That was months and months of just training like a madman. And you know, my physique in that movie, that won't be right for every movie I do specially not this one. I mean my six-pack in 300 is so pronounced and kinda sticking out. I was really trying to make it as noticeable as possible, almost drawing attention to it in a way. But it was right for 300 and Leonidas and I am proud of what I achieved there but it is not right for Clyde. Clyde is a suburban dad, so you don't want that audience to go - wait a minute, why does he have the body of a Greek god. You can't do that, that's too much pride. You have to think about the character. I did work out for this and you will see my abs, but not like in 300. Hide
I saw this movie [How to Train Your Dragon (2010)] and thought "wow, I would really like an animated Show more I saw this movie [How to Train Your Dragon (2010)] and thought "wow, I would really like an animated kid". Hide
[on enjoying his physique while it lasted for the first 300 (2006)]: There is a certain amount of sp Show more [on enjoying his physique while it lasted for the first 300 (2006)]: There is a certain amount of spraying that goes on to get you tan. The darker you get, the more your muscles show. They're still your muscles but we'd spray them to enhance them. We'd still work hard. By the end of the movie, I was cut so much that I could stick my fingers into the ripples of my abs. I would flash everyone with my six-pack--it was an eight-pack, actually. I was like, "check this out," because you are never going to see this again. Hide
[on how building up an intimidating physique was important for 300 (2006)]: It's easy for me to be p Show more [on how building up an intimidating physique was important for 300 (2006)]: It's easy for me to be paranoid, especially when you're an actor playing the lead role. I have previously seen so many actors with a massive amount of armour on and then these little twiggy arms. I'm not naming any names, but some of them have these plummy accents and you think to yourself: 'You couldn't fight your way out of a paper bag and you're commanding armies or are supposed to be a knight or whatever. That's all so King Arthur. I wanted to be the guy who my men could look to and say: 'Yeah, I would follow him.' And the audience would look at him and think: 'Yeah, I can see why they would follow him into battle.' And then finally, that I would be feeling like: 'Of course they're going to follow me.' I also wanted to see that in their eyes, that I could feel they had respect for me. Hide
[on when he refused to reprise his iconic role in the sequel to 300 (2006)] I was tempted, but it wa Show more [on when he refused to reprise his iconic role in the sequel to 300 (2006)] I was tempted, but it wasn't the same Leonidas as in the first movie. It was just a couple of scenes of political conversation, and that's not the way I wanted him to be remembered. I wished them the best, but it always felt like a tenuous link trying to pull me into that movie. I didn't really belong in there. It's crazy for them to expect that I would spend one year training non-stop to get that eight-pack Leonidas body back for a minute-long cameo appearance. Hide
[on how constantly showing off his body helped his performance in 300 (2006)]: You wanted to be nake Show more [on how constantly showing off his body helped his performance in 300 (2006)]: You wanted to be naked. The more naked you were the stronger you felt because you could shock your opponents. The Spartans were big and strong and wanted people to see that. They wanted their opponents to wonder 'Do we want to mess with him?' Hide
[on how he kept himself motivated while working out for movie roles] There's nothing more mindless t Show more [on how he kept himself motivated while working out for movie roles] There's nothing more mindless than lifting weights. But it's not about one [isolated] training session. It's about visualizing your taut body on screen after many such mindless training sessions. Hide
[on wanting to impress WB chief Alan Horn and the stuntmen with his physical preparation on 300 (200 Show more [on wanting to impress WB chief Alan Horn and the stuntmen with his physical preparation on 300 (2006)]: I made a promise to [Warner Bros. president] Alan Horn personally that if he gave me the role, I would so kick butt that I would make the movie my life -- and I did. Every workout session, and every bit of pain that I went through made me feel more like a Spartan. I wanted the stuntmen to go, "Who is this guy? He's fucking nuts." I wanted to train as hard as I could with them-not with them but for them, so when I put on that cape, to go, "Wow. Look at that." Hide
On solitude: I love to spend a lot of time on my own. I can seriously go into my own head and often Show more On solitude: I love to spend a lot of time on my own. I can seriously go into my own head and often love to let myself travel where I don't know where I'm going. I always felt that that was his kind of form of escape, in a way. Hide
[on the masculinity of UK actors] It's that deep voice, the intensity, the gravitas. You just hear t Show more [on the masculinity of UK actors] It's that deep voice, the intensity, the gravitas. You just hear the Scottish voice and you can hear a man with a set of heavy feet that are connected to the ground. When they smile, they really smile. When they stare, they really stare. There is just something burning about them. Hide
[on wanting to physically impress his co-stars inn the film 300 (2006)] My huge paranoia was that I Show more [on wanting to physically impress his co-stars inn the film 300 (2006)] My huge paranoia was that I was going to be like another skinny British actor who's pretending to be a hard man. You look at Leonidas' arms and you look at his legs, and they'd break you like a fucking toothpick. I was their king, so I wanted the other actors to be going, "Wow, he's fucking awesome". Hide
Sometimes I finish a movie and I get used to a certain lifestyle and when that stops I get a bit los Show more Sometimes I finish a movie and I get used to a certain lifestyle and when that stops I get a bit lost for about a week. 'No one is bringing me lunch anymore - I've got to go do that myself?' I lose the main point of my focus. Often all I want to do is travel and just get the hell out of there. But I'm actually boring really. Hide
[on inspiring and motivating people with his performance and physique in 300 (2006)]: I know a lot o Show more [on inspiring and motivating people with his performance and physique in 300 (2006)]: I know a lot of people who tell me, "I watched that movie, and now I go to the gym." What bothered me was people telling me I was wearing a body suit. I worked too hard for you to deny me working so hard. I wanted to try and look like a sculpture, like Leonidas deserved to look. I wanted to be big, and cut. I think that movie worked on so many levels, and people appreciated it for more than the abs; it's about team spirit, sacrifice and honour. Hide
[on getting in to shape again and again for his movie roles] I was ridiculous in 300 (2006). The reg Show more [on getting in to shape again and again for his movie roles] I was ridiculous in 300 (2006). The regimen was incredibly difficult because I went through a lot of training for it. And for The Ugly Truth (2009), I didn't have to worry about it much. So I had the luxury of saying that [I would never sport six-pack abs again]. But then another movie comes along, and it's happened a few times. For Olympus Has Fallen (2013), I had to get the abs back again. And then you swear that's it! And then vanity gets the better of you. Hide
[on ever trying to match his physical transformation on 300 (2006)]: I think somebody would have to Show more [on ever trying to match his physical transformation on 300 (2006)]: I think somebody would have to understand just how intensely I trained for this film. I think it's pretty impossible to surpass, at least in my book, I wouldn't want to do it again and I don't think I''d ever really need to do it again. Hide
[on the trying to achieve a different kind of shape for Gamer (2009)] I never wanted to be the same Show more [on the trying to achieve a different kind of shape for Gamer (2009)] I never wanted to be the same size as 300 because that's a very different thing. We are talking about a mythical warrior-king, so that was a different experience. I wanted to get into a different type of physicality, not as big [as King Leonidas]. But more sinewy with the feeling that inside, you are just so strong in every moment and very tough. And that's Cable [the name of the character he was playing], that's the kind of life he's lived. He has that sinewy muscular look where you see all the veins popping out. Once the veins starting coming out, you know you are getting somewhere [training wise]. And you get that from just pumping constantly and then you get all cut and shredded. Hide
[on the extreme physical conditioning he wanted to achieve for 300 (2006)]: I didn't just train with Show more [on the extreme physical conditioning he wanted to achieve for 300 (2006)]: I didn't just train with the cast I trained on my own as well and I always had someone by me to pump on set. I kept that up for months and months. It was a way to get into my mind that I deserved to lead and to feel it was in their minds too, that I was an actor who'd impressed them by the work I was willing to do. I knew I had to wear this big beard and this big helmet and I didn't want to be this big head on this skinny body. You see so many movies like this where this English actor comes out with his twiggy arms and this very cerebral, academic English voice, shouting at these armies. I never bought that for a second. I was aiming for the stars. I wanted to look super-human, like nobody else had ever looked before. I tried to make it as extreme as possible, just like a Spartan. Hide
[on wanting to stun audiences with his sculpted physique in 300 (2006)]I've always had a relatively Show more [on wanting to stun audiences with his sculpted physique in 300 (2006)]I've always had a relatively good body, and since Atilla the Hun was one of my first roles. Not that different in terms of the shape I had to get in. I let it go, from time to time. But I said to the people in the highest levels, 'Give me this and I'll get in kick-ass shape, I'm telling you.' I wanted to have a physique like you wouldn't believe. I'm not a martial artist, not a Schwarzenegger. But I wanted people to go, 'Holy fuck, how did he get like THAT?' I hope I've done that. Hide
On his new acting career: "[During] some of the most miserable periods of my life, people thought I Show more On his new acting career: "[During] some of the most miserable periods of my life, people thought I was very happy. And now that I'm actually happier, I don't have to show it. I'm more comfortable with myself." Hide
[If he kept up his good shape after 300 (2006)] Actually yes. I'm not as big as I was. But I'm still Show more [If he kept up his good shape after 300 (2006)] Actually yes. I'm not as big as I was. But I'm still pretty cut. Hide
(On the last time he drank alcohol at age 27) I was in Camden (England) and I had a crazy experience Show more (On the last time he drank alcohol at age 27) I was in Camden (England) and I had a crazy experience with these two sisters whom I was friends with from Glasgow, and we'd been out one night, and one of the sisters just went nuts. I don't know what it was. She just lost her mind and the other sister was freaking out and crying and saying, 'I don't know what's wrong with her' and I remember thinking: 'How many of these crazy situations do I have to get into? This is not who I am or where I should be'. I woke up the next morning and looked in the mirror and didn't recognize myself. I didn't recognize my face, and I didn't recognize my soul. I went: 'Who is this? What's happened to you?' I actually went to the pub and thought well, I'll have a beer, and sit and contemplate this, and I just couldn't drink it. I took a sip and went to the toilet and threw up and said: 'That's it'. And that's the last time I ever had a drink. Hide
[on looking like a Greek god yet feeling like an old man during the making of 300 (2006) due to over Show more [on looking like a Greek god yet feeling like an old man during the making of 300 (2006) due to over-training] When I take my clothes off I look like a Greek God. But inside I feel like an 80-year-old man. My knees are gone. My shoulders feel like they don't exist any more. Hide
Gerard Butler's FILMOGRAPHY
as Actor (45)
Gerard Butler Gerard Butler'S roles
Himself - Guest
Himself - Guest

Beowulf
Beowulf

Andre Marek
Andre Marek

George
George

One Two
One Two

Terry Sheridan
Terry Sheridan

Milo Boyd
Milo Boyd

Gerry
Gerry

The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom of the Opera

Mike Banning
Mike Banning

King Leonidas
King Leonidas

Burke
Burke

Set
Set

Jack Rusoe
Jack Rusoe

Himself - Guest
Himself - Guest

Leprechaun 1 & 2
Leprechaun 1 & 2

Himself - Host, Various
Himself - Host, Various

Clyde Shelton
Clyde Shelton

Tullus Aufidius
Tullus Aufidius

Count Dracula in 'Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein'
Count Dracula in 'Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein'

Stoick the Vast
Stoick the Vast

Mike Chadway
Mike Chadway

Captain Joe Glass
Captain Joe Glass

Jake
Jake

Creedy
Creedy

Kable
Kable

James Ducat
James Ducat

Frosty Hesson
Frosty Hesson

Sam Childers
Sam Childers

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