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Gerard Butler - "Men's Health" October 2008

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Gerard Butler is on FIYAH in the October 2008 issue of Men’s Health. Sizzle. Here’s what the 38-year-old Scottish stud had to say:

On becoming an actor after seeing a stage production of Trainspotting in 1995: “A week later, I packed my bags and moved to London to become an actor. I had no connections, no experience, no training, and no prospects. Everybody was laughing at me. Everybody was thinking I’d just messed up my whole career.”

On changing careers to acting: “I know that changing careers was what I needed to do. But what the hell was I thinking? You have to understand that I was completely out of control. If I hadn’t been so lost and insane, I’d still be a lawyer. Misery is a sign that something is wrong, that your life is in need of some big changes. I knew moving to London was a huge risk. But I said to myself, I’m aiming for the stars. I’ll worry about the details later.”

On achieving success: “I haven’t had a drink in more than 10 years. That’s when everything changed for me. That’s when I learned what had to be done to succeed and be happy in life.”

On the success of the movie 300: “You come out of that movie so pumped up, so ready to die for your friends or your country or anything. Like, ‘I will fight for my parking space! I will kill. This is my parking space!’”

On his love for Scotland: “I love everything about the Scottish people – their warmth, their humor, their potential for violence. Nobody from Glasgow goes into acting. You were seen as weird if you wanted to be an actor. But I didn’t mind. It’s just what I wanted to do.”

Gerry‘s upcoming Guy Ritchie-directed movie RocknRolla hits theaters this Halloween (Friday, October 31).

Click inside for Mr. Butler’s four-step plan for beating stress…


1. Let go of what you can’t control – “I have a very complex process for taking the pressure off myself. It starts with me saying, ‘I can only do what I can do.’”

2. Don’t hold back with the stuff you can control – “When I’m working, that’s on my mind all the time, the faith that has been granted to me by people, the money that has been spent. It seems the best thing I can do to honor it is to work my butt off.”

3. Make time for R&R – Rest and Recreation – “I don’t want to abuse my success, so I don’t go out partying all the time. I try to get as much rest as I can.” “When I’m working in a new place, I’m always thinking, Okay, where are the trails? Where can I go hiking and running?”

4. Remember where you started – “I try to love where I am and what I’m doing. I see it as an honor to do what I do for a living.”

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  • nope

    Tracy…His birthday is 11-13-1969..He will be 39 this year. His birthdate is listed on ALL of his sites as this including IMDB.

  • lonewolf

    Nina (#44)-

    Hey, here is a link to a article that will validate the Gerry/Jennifer rumour. It is just like the one with him and Cameron Diaz, same place, same time….



  • lonewolf

    NOTE to everyone….

    Have no idea what happened!!!!! did this will we had a T-storm and my puter was flashing….and it was shutting down/Net problems so I didnt know if it submitted-apparently it did…sorry JJ…

  • Tracy

    Nope and Justine, I’m so bad you’re right it is 1969,(I was thinking of someone else, LOL)

  • Margaret Wernerspach

    “Wha’s like him? Damn few, and they’re a’ deid!”

  • emy

    Jared is my dreamman ! I cant wait to watch his next movie!

  • emy

    What can I say about gerry? Just OOH and AAhs! Im speechlesss! Love u gerry!

  • Liz

    RocknRolla, Gerard’s new movie, opens in theatres nationwide on October 8. Watch him on Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show” on Oct. 6..He’s raunchy and hilarious..and soooooooooooooo hot my eyes water when i see him. For all the new Gerry ,lovers, go to and look at all his movies! “300″…”Lara Croft:Tombraider II The Cradle of Life”…”P.S. I love you”…”Nim’s Island”…”DDracula 2000″…”Beowulf and Grendel”…”The Jury”…and look forward to “The Ugly Truth” with Katherine Heigl in April…and “Game” in the summer! He is so witty, smart, sharp, funny, handsome, buff, gorgeous, tall, hunky..ahhh…I will love him till I breathe.

  • Reality check

    Yes, oh, yes!

    Let’s all build a shrine to him, and get naked pictures of his butt and kiss it (…once they’ve removed your head from it of course).

    LIZ…WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE!!!!!! He’s just a regular guy, an actor, and not God Almighty!!

    Your therapy for today is to list 10 faults he may have.
    For example: Using too much tanning lotion (not removing the excess from his fingers), having smelly feet, extremely attention-seeking…

    See, just a regular man :)

  • charty_6988

    LOL #59-you cant get anymore real than that……well you can but…
    anyway……..Im curious and if anyone can help me as to what is what Id appreciate it-

    Once again, its the difference of opinion among GB’s followers/fans and Im one who would just like to know which is the right one…like in this case-he has a place in NYC and one in LA (myself, been to both dont like either) anyway, Ive read he really likes NYC and doesnt want to leave…..then of course theres those who say he likes LA the most…has anyone read or know of where he himself likes to be. True, its good to have 2 places one on each coast for work purposes, but where is it he likes to hang his hat (so to speak)? Just another surfing find and Im curious as to which is the one…



  • jackie


    I think he prefers NY, and will eventually settle there for good. He brought his warehouse appartment ther 5 years ago and has only been furnished recently, otherwise he was living in hotels. His agents, CAA, have an office in NY. More importantly, it’s 6 hours away from Scotland.

    He brought an appartment in LA. The major studios are there, so he has to go there for work.

    Why he still has a place in London, I don’t know. He barely comes to to London (or Scotland). And he wonders why people don’t take any notice him in Scotland. Truthfully, they are sick and tired of this PR crap he’s always getting involved in. People in the UK think he not one of theirs anymore (but, you will still get the die-hard fans), and that’s why we value actors like James McAvoy and Orlando Bloom.

    I live in the UK and have seen RocknRoller. It’s better Ritchie film than of late, but Gerry doesn’t carry this film (he’s barely in it). It’s an ensemble piece, and the strongest performances comes from Mark Strong and Toby Kebbell. Again, all we heard over here was ‘Gerry Butler’. I felt so sorry for the other actors.

    Sorry, we love him, but he has really become a stranger over here.

  • lonewolf

    Jackie (#61)

    Odd as to what fame will do to someone isnt it…. I have read often where Gerry has mentioned no one recognizes him even in his home country. Me personally, I think he has allowed his PR people to call the shots, which is fine but to a certain point (it seems even his personal self (life) isnt his anymore) and I wonder if he was to take charge and say I am going to do it this way…..this is WHAT I SAID…..and so on.

    I have (though he is out of the biz) a favorite actor, Joe Landou (sp), who was in Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman for one project, it was like he was caught up in the same thing, he couldnt do anything he wanted to do (plus other things) and dropped out of the light. When I read these interviews, I am asking is this from your heart or your peoples “script”.
    One thing that is important to me and has been though I havent been home in a while (military and other things), my roots are very important to me, including family, friends because without them I am not complete and when I do go home (Missouri) I fall apart and rebuild (so to speak).

    I didnt see R/R, but was told it was ok and no, Gerry wasnt in it much though by going on all the talk youd think he was….BTW with Scotland 6 hours away from NYC you’d think he would go home every chance he got regardless of his people sayin dont/cant etc. But til he does he will be a stranger and to me, that is a crappy feelin….been there wont go there again-I try to get home at least every other month. And as for the PR crap, he can avoid it and stop it if he wants to others have, so he shouldnt have a problem either.

    Keep the faith Jackie, one day he may find out one day who is there for him and who is there only for the paycheck….and right now the “biz “and all its “glory and fame” have him in their grasp…..when he goes home he needs to stay there for a long time and see who he really is.
    (hope Ive made sense).

    Peace, and thanks for the info.


  • opehlia

    in the video of the shooting of these photos, we see him jumping off a level onto a mat, he was wearing a waist length overcoat, a simple white shirt and tie with black pants and shoes. does anyone know where that photo is?

  • Lily

    When a 73 year old great-grandmother ( me ) is madly in love with this guy, you know he’s HOT !!! Great actor, and such a great personality ! Hope he gets the recognition he deserves for his good work.

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