Gerard Butler (born 13.11.1969) Gerard Butler is a Scottish actor who has appeared both on television and on the big screen, starring in films such as 'Phantom of the Opera' (2004), '300' (2007) and Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla (2008). Butler currently lives between London, Los Angeles and New York, and in 2008 launched his own production company 'Evil Twins' with his manager.
Early Life: Gerard James Butler was born in Glasgow on 13th November 1969 and spent his first two years in Montreal, Canada. His parents, Margaret and Edward divorced when he was a child and he returned with his mother and elder siblings Lynn and Brian to Ralston in Paisley where he developed a love of acting and joined the Scottish Youth Theatre.
After graduating from Glasgow University Law School, Gerard found roles in Shakespeare's Coriolanus and as Ewan McGregor's character Renton in the stage version of Trainspotting. His first film appearance was in 'Mrs. Brown' with Judi Dench and Billy Connolly, followed by minor roles in 'Tomorrow Never Dies' (1997), 'Tale of the Mummy' (1998), and the British TV series The Young Person's Guide to Becoming a Rock Star.
Career: 2000 was Butler's breakthrough year for film. He was cast as Attila the Hun in the American TV film 'Attila', leading to a central role in Wes Craven's 'Dracula 2000'. Butler has found time to continue to appear in independent films, as well as the Hollywood blockbusters like 'Reign of Fire' (2002) featuring Christian Bale, and 'Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life' (2003) with Angelina Jolie.
In 2004, Butler gained international attention, taking the lead role in the film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical 'The Phantom of the Opera'. Butler went on to play Beowulf, the Norse warrior, in 'Beowulf and Grendel' (2005), and co-starred in 'P.S. I Love You' (2007) with Hilary Swank. More starring roles followed: in 2007 Butler played Spartan King Leonidas in '300', which was based on the Frank Miller graphic novel and was a surprise box office hit, earning Butler the title of Action Star of the Year at the Taurus World Stunt Awards. Showcasing the range of his talents in 2008, Butler featured both in the family adventure 'Nim's Island' and the gangster film, 'RocknRolla'.
Entertainment Weekly rated Butler as the fifth 'Ultimate Male Hottie of All Time' and named him as one of the top 25 Entertainers of 2007.
With a massive scale and a digital cast of thousands, this ancient Egyptian romp tries to be both a new version of those 1950s Biblical toga epics and a generous dose of camp silliness. The result will be a guilty pleasure for some in the audience, especially those who enjoy watching grown men leap around in short skirts. The actors are sometimes lost in the overwhelming animation, and the casting of Westerners as North Africans is more than a little dubious. But the script is smarter than it looks, and director Alex Proyas is clearly in a playful mood.
The premise conflates the golden age of the Pharaohs with the ancient world of Egyptian gods. And things kick off when the bitter god Set (Gerard Butler) launches a reign of terror by killing his brother, blinding his nephew Horus (Nokolaj Coster-Waldau) and taking over the mortal world, enslaving all humans. Horus' greatest fan is the muscly slave Bek (Brenton Thwaites) who, encouraged by his glamorous girlfriend Zaya (Courtney Eaton), sneaks into Set's palace and steals one of Horus' eyes. He then strikes a deal to help Horus assume his rightful throne. But this means travelling into the sky to confront his grandfather Ra (Geoffrey Rush), then teaming up with sneering god of wisdom Thoth (Chadwick Boseman) and duplicitous Hathor (Yung) to take on Set.
All of this is so ridiculous that it's difficult to stop giggling. And that seems to be part of the idea, as Proyas merrily cranks up the snarky wit in every scene, especially as he indulges in a series of ludicrous set-pieces that feel like videogames populated by toy action figures. The digital effects continually engulf the characters, transforming the gods inexplicably into animal-headed metallic robots. But they also create some genuinely gorgeous moments of spectacle, with sprawling landscapes and whooshing action. Basically, the actors have little choice but to hang on for the ride along with the audience.
Continue reading: Gods Of Egypt Review
As an actor-producer, Gerard Butler had a break-out hit with his White House action thriller Olympus Has Fallen in 2013
The temptation to spin it into a franchise was too great to resist. Now the action shifts to London for more Taken-style violence. "Everybody got to break out in this movie really," says Butler of the shift in location. "We got to have more international story and to make it more on the road, so we're travelling all over. What was great about the first movie is that it was claustrophobic. But this has got a bigger, crazier, more intense canvas."
When he made the original, a sequel was the last thing on his mind. "When I first took this on," Butler says, "it actually seemed just like a fun movie that would be provocative and maybe have a bit of a message in there. I didn't for a second think 'franchise'. Then the movie did really well, and I love seeing the reaction that audiences have to it. And then you think, yeah, maybe you've created something here that you could run with."
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It didn't seem possible, but somehow this action movie is even more preposterous than its predecessor, 2013's over-serious Olympus Has Fallen. Gerard Butler is back as a Secret Service agent protecting US President Aaron Eckhart, this time in a Taken-style scenario in which they leave America only to be immediately thrown into the middle of a massive terrorist attack. But the script is so lazy that there isn't a moment when any of this is remotely believable.
Events are put into motion when the British prime minister dies of a heart attack and security services only have a few days to lock down London so that the world's leaders can arrive for the funeral at St Paul's Cathedral. Mike (Butler) flies in with his boss Lynn (Bassett) on Air Force One, accompanying President Asher (Eckhart) and a platoon of bodyguards. Then just before the funeral, a carefully orchestrated series of bombings and gun attacks take out five heads of state. Of course, Mike and Lynn get Asher out of the fray, but an army of bad guys led by terror mastermind Kamran (Waleed Zuaiter) pursue them across the city. Back in Washington, Vice President Trumbull (Morgan Freeman) and the panicky cabinet (including Haley, Forster and Leo) watch all of this unfold on video screens and coordinates a counter-attack.
Even with four screenwriters, the movie makes no real sense. And worse than that, the filmmakers never take advantage of the story's potential or the heavy-hitting cast. There's a line about how all of London's landmarks have been destroyed, but the on-screen destruction is limited to just one of Westminster Abbey's towers. The depiction of world leaders is laughably cliched. And the award-winning actors have nothing to do but stand there looking worried. By contrast, Butler charges around shooting and stabbing everybody who moves in a display of shockingly brutal machismo. Eckhart is more believably reluctant to join in and dispense some violence, but of course he does.
Continue reading: London Has Fallen Review
The sequel to 'Olympus Has Fallen' is out on March 4th, but Butler says it's ultimately "fictional" despite risking insensitivity.
Ahead of the release of his latest disaster movie London Has Fallen, Gerard Butler has admitted that he feared that the terrorism-centred action flick might strike a raw nerve with British audiences.
At the Los Angeles premiere of the sequel to 2013’s Olympus Has Fallen, which depicted a North Korean-led guerrilla assault on the White House, Butler spoke to Variety about his nagging feeling that the film might somehow give off the feeling of being insensitive.
Gerard Butler at the L.A. premiere of 'London Has Fallen'
Gerard Butler - Premiere of Focus Features' 'London Has Fallen' held at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome - Arrivals at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 1st March 2016
These guys have as much chance as Danny Dyer of being the next 007.
After a rather lukewarm critical reception in comparison to its predecessor, 'Spectre' has left us feeling that the whole James Bond franchise could do with shaking up a bit. And what better way to do that than getting Danny Dyer on board? (Don't answer that.)
Danny Dyer wants to inject some working class charisma into the role
The 'Eastenders' star is willing after all, revealing to The Sun that he's seriously considering applying for the role when Daniel Craig leaves. 'I'd love to do the Bond. Bring something different to the Bond, you know what I mean?' He said. 'Bit of charisma. A working class Bond.'
Continue reading: Rough And Ready: Danny Dyer Plus 10 More Unlikely Future James Bonds
This time, the terrorists target the Brits.
Following the close call the White House and the President was exposed to at the hands of North Korean maniacs in 'Olympus Has Fallen', terrorists turn their attentions to the UK in the tense sequel appropriately (if not imaginatively) named 'London Has Fallen'. And Gerard Butler has returned.
Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart go for round two with the terrorists
If you weren't familiar with the plot of 'Olympus Has Fallen' or simply have it totally confused with 2013's other terrorism film 'White House Down' (don't worry, you're not the only one), then here's a brief overview: North Korean terrorists take President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart) hostage, threaten to irradiate the US in a bid to unify Korea without any interruptions, Special Forces agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) comes in and saves the day with seconds to spare.
Continue reading: Gerard Butler Returns To Defend The UK In 'London Has Fallen' [Trailer]
President Benjamin Asher must make a diplomatic trip to the capital of the United Kingdom after the British Prime Minister is killed. The death of the Prime Minister is shroud in mystery and Asher's number one Secret Service agent, Mike Banning, can't help but feel that the trip is going too smoothly.
Having each of the world's leaders all in one place, it's a hugely appealing target for terrorists. As the funeral proceedings begin to come together, Banning's worst fears come true. The world's stability is left in the hands of the president, his secret service agent and a lone MI6 agent.
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Homer's 'Odyssey' will be adapted into a movie by the team behind 'The Hunger Games' trilogy. We asked a group of Classics students which actor would play Odysseus in their ideal film and selected the top six choices.
Homer's Odyssey finally has the epic (pun more definitely intended) directing, writing and producing team it deserves. Fresh from working on The Hunger Games trilogy, Francis Lawrence is set to direct, Peter Craig to write and Nina Jacobson to produce the upcoming film.
Sean Bean was top of the list of ideal actors to play Odysseus.
Continue reading: Homer's 'Odyssey' Adaptation: 6 Actors Who Would Be Perfect As Odysseus
Bigger and even richer than the terrific 2010 hit animation, this sequel is also quite possibly the best action-adventure movie of the year. Not only are its big set-pieces thrillingly rendered with first-rate special effects, but the characters are complex and involving. And the script effortlessly combines jagged wit, youthful exuberance, heart-stopping romance and even some rather bleak emotions.
Five years have passed since Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) discovered his ability to interact with dragons, specifically his inseparable pal Toothless, bringing a new era of dragon-related fun to the small Viking island of Berk. But now his father Stoick (Gerard Butler) is talking about passing on the mantel of chief to Hiccup, and he's not sure he's ready for that. He'd much rather be out zooming over the ocean exploring uncharted lands. Then on one of his trips he encounters a group of dragon hunters led by Eret (Kit Harington), who is helping the notorious villain Drago (Djimon Hounsou) build an army. But this leads Hiccup to an even more startling discovery: his mother Valka (Cate Blanchett) turns out to be alive and running a secret sanctuary for dragons. Can they team up to stop Drago?
It's a rare film that manages to work equally well in the quiet moments as in the massive spectacle, but writer-director Dean DeBlois never wobbles at all. Without ever manipulating the audience, he seamlessly shifts from tear-inducing happiness to soaringly thrilling battle action to agonising emotional pain. The coming-of-age plot may feel familiar, but it's packed with fresh touches, hilarious observations and some surprising twists and turns along the way.
Continue reading: How To Train Your Dragon 2 Review
How To Train Your Dragon, Despicable Me, Toy Story - the sequels often seem to outdo the originals.
In a Hollywood atmosphere that currently seems obsessed with stretching even the most moderate of box-office successes into a full blown franchise, sequels and prequels are a ubiquitous presence in cinema multiplexes. But in the world of animated cinema, where the construction of a film requires infinitely more hard work and dedication than a live action picture, sequels tend to emerge that better the original- a much rarer occurrence amongst many Hollywood pictures.
Gerard Butler stars in How To Train Your Dragon 2 which has won copious plaudits.
That’s not to say there aren’t a few howlers either, animated studios such as Pixar and Disney are just as susceptible as the rest of the film world in dispensing some truly woeful and misguided follow ups. The likes of Cars 2 and Rio 2 left no-one with the life affirming sense of warmth that truly brilliant animated films of this type should provide. As is universally recognised, a mark of greatness from an animated film is its ability to simultaneously appeal to children and the adults who accompany them to the big screen. The likes of Shrek 1 & 2 and the Toy Story trilogy are prime examples of catering for both age groups through crafty pop culture references and subtle entendre.
Continue reading: What Is It About Animated Sequels?
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13th November, 1969
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