September 4, 2011 |
Gerard Butler is crying. It's a sunny afternoon and the actor best known as King Leonidas in "300" had just sauntered into a Los Feliz eatery, fresh off his Harley, adorned in a black T-shirt, army green pants and a helmet tucked close to his newly trim body. He's charmed the wait staff, ordered a salad along with his café latte so his guest won't have to eat alone, and is affably sharing anecdotes. Yet the moment he revisits his time in South Africa, playing Sam Childers, the real-life gun-wielding preacher who went to the Sudan and started an orphanage, his emotions can't be contained.
July 2, 2012 |
This post has been corrected. Please see bottom for details. EXCLUSIVE: When we saw Gerard Butler on the big screen in the fall, he was flying off to a world trouble spot in"Machine Gun Preacher," in which he played a real-life missionary-cum-mercenary in the Sudan. Get ready for another fact-based period story, also set in a far-flung international hotspot, from Butler, who this time around will be involved as a producer. Butler is gaining momentum in Hollywood for "The Septembers of Shiraz," the movie version of Dalia Sofer's well-regarded debut novel from a few years back.
December 9, 2012 |
Hollywood may be giving Gerard Butler a red card after his soccer film's dismal performance at the box office this weekend. The actor suffered yet another flop with "Playing for Keeps," his romantic comedy that debuted with only $6 million, according to an estimate from distributor FilmDistrict. As the only new film hitting theaters this weekend, the movie was easily defeated by five other flicks that have been in theaters for weeks. "Skyfall," which hit multiplexes nationwide five weekends ago, reclaimed the No. 1 position.
December 6, 2012 |
After Gerard Butler's latest film flops at the box office this weekend, the actor could be benched from Hollywood's A team. Butler's cold streak at the multiplex is set to continue with "Playing for Keeps," a soccer-themed romantic comedy that may debut with only around $6 million, according to those who have seen pre-release industry surveys. As the only new movie opening this weekend, "Playing for Keeps" will be routed by a handful of holdovers. "Skyfall," the James Bond flick entering its fourth weekend in theaters, may reclaim the No. 1 position from the final "Twilight" installment, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2. " Both pictures are expected to bring in a bit more than $10 million this weekend.
December 8, 2012 |
As a child growing up outside Glasgow, actor Gerard Butler found his first heroes not on the stage but on the soccer pitch. Back then he had less desire to follow Sean Connery's footlights than to follow the footsteps of Liverpool standout Kenny Dalglish or Celtic's Charlie Nicholas. What he didn't have was the talent. "It's every young kid's dream to be a soccer player, to play for Celtic or Rangers," says Butler, who portrayed U.S. goalkeeper Frank Borghi, a former World Cup hero, in 2005's "The Game of Their Lives.
December 6, 2012 |
The idea underlying "Playing for Keeps," the new romantic comedy starring Gerard Butler, is basic: A well-toned guy who is good with kids is the ultimate aphrodisiac for sex-starved soccer moms. Three very good actresses are squandered to prove the point. And yet, like the former soccer star played by Butler - all hard abs, easy smiles and golden curls, his Scottish brogue set free - the film has some of the right moves. There is cool footage of game-winning kicks, a kid anyone would adore, and Butler's playboy/athlete who seems serious about unearthing his decent side.