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Gerard Butler is Robert Burns

Gerard Butler is Robert Burns

Gerard Butler is set to play Scottish poet/lyricist Robert Burns in an upcoming biopic.

According to UK’s Times Online, the film will be titled Burns and will focus on his love affairs with his wife Jean Armour and Agnes McLehose, also known as Clarinda, an Edinburgh society hostess.

In an interview with the BBC, Gerry shared, “In a way but I feel so lucky to have that opportunity because it’s such a great story and we have the best script by Alan Sharp, who wrote Rob Roy. I cajoled Julia Stiles into doing it but she told me it was the best script she’d read in years so she’s on board and we also have Brian Cox. We cover Burns’ life from the ploughman days to the Edinburgh society days and his take-off as a poet. It’s beautiful, it’s passionate, it’s sexy, it’s hilarious and it’s really quite sad as well.”

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# 1

Bravo, Gerry. Burns and Butler, two of Scotland’s favorite sons.

# 2
[☆I n F a m o u s☆] @ 01/25/2009 at 2:17 pm

gerard butler is a douchebag.

# 3

Isn’t he a bit old to play this man? He died in his late 30s, so I assume most of the movie is set in his 20s/early 30s. I am suprised James McAvoy is not involved with this.

# 4

But why Julia Stiles? Why not just get a Scottish/British actress to play the part(s). It’s dismaying that they insist on casting the actress before the part. Too bad. Also, nyob, I agree. James McAvoy would’ve been perfect.

# 5

Lovely…I’ll watch that

# 6

JJ thanks for the lovely spread on Gerry Butler’s BURNS project. I tried to find the BBC interview you reference there – any chance you could give us a link to that?
Thanks so much.

# 7
you've got to be kidding me @ 01/25/2009 at 3:12 pm

Gerard Butler and Julia Stiles – Here are the two main actors that suck big time @ss:,

James McAvoy was robbed.

# 8

James McAvoy is sooooooooo overrated. He always looks like death. Gerard Butler is a great actor and has made some rather bad choices over the past several years. But this news along with the new thriller he is making now with Jamie Fox, seem to be good choices for him. He will be amazing. Meanwhile he also will have two potential huge movies releasing in 09 in The Ugly Truth and Game. Both could catapolt this man higher on the A list List!

# 9

Yes! Being from Scotland I am so proud that this movie is going to be made and headlines by a true Scot in Butler. I really like Butler and Brian Cox. Many times I think Gerry has been miscast because of his good looks. Now he will finally get to show off his talents! YES!!!

Awesome. Hopefully he will stay away from romcoms and do more serious stuff.

casey affleck looks like him more
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I would not be so sure on the Julia Stiles part. She was only mentioned in conjunction with the film several years ago…not recently…. I doubt the Scots have to send off to America for Lassies to play Jean or Clarinda.

anonymous @ 01/25/2009 at 3:47 pm

That BBC article was from 2004.

you've got to be kidding me @ 01/25/2009 at 4:02 pm

#8, shush yourself..

you are a sh!t head and have no taste.

Gerard Butler was chosen because he’s worked on getting this project to go from the beginning. As far as not casting a Brit/Scot Actress You don’t know that one won’t be. The big picture is not just about telling Burn’s story, but to tell it in a way that will draw more than just Scot/UK/literary fan’s to watch it….they want to make it a seller in the US too. It has to earn money to cover costs of production…. so don’t get yer knickers in knots people. No slights to anyone when they cast. JUST business. By selection Julia (if they do), then she’ll draw US and younger audiences that may have not given the movie a second glance with just the title… because no offense, but until Gerard Butler – I’d never heard of Burns. (glad I do know, mind you as I have been a fan of his poetry/songs – just didn’t know it)

ta and cheers

What a shame. He’s too old looking and not a good actor. Julia Stiles isn’t a good actress either. She’s wooden and he overacts like he’s in a high school play.

They should’ve gotten McAvoy. I guess Gerard Butler kissed up to the right people so he could finally be famous in his own country. What a “coincidence” that he got the publicity of announcing this with the Burns Anniversay. If he overacts in this film, all of Scotland will hate him.

It might be exactly what his out of control ego needs. Hope he’s taking some acting lessons.

Bringing Stiles name into this discussion is silly. The article from 2004 mentioned her way back then – come on folks it’s 2009 now. Gerard has invested in the project and owns the rights to produce it. If McAvoy wants to find or write a script and do a Burns film he is free to do so, but Gerry got this one and he’s waited a long, long time to do it.

Have you haters ever watched Dear Frankie, RocknRolla, or any of his films other than 300? He’s a great actor and has been passionate about bringing Burns to the big screen for years. Burns is a deep, complicated character and I think Butler is a great choice.

I haven’t always enjoyed the story lines for the movies Gerard Butler has acted in, but he’s always played his part very well. He’s diverse and takes risks, which I enjoy. Like an other actor, I’m sure there were times he just had to pay the bills. This certainly isn’t one of those times.

I’m excited!

Gerard Butler cannot act.

Watch him screw this one up.

oko.

crazy 4 u @ 01/25/2009 at 5:46 pm

I just love these comments about how he can’t act. This is funny because I have never read a bad review on him. Some of his movies yes , but never him.

Butler would be great!!!! Perfect news. Butler and Burns.

Gerard is soooooo handsome.

I’ve been a Gerard Butler fan for more then five years. I can tell you for a fact that The Robert Burns project has been his obsession for at least that long. He has been trying for ever to get the financing together to make this movie. I am very glad to see it finally happen.
Julia Stiles was attached to it and agreed to do it from the beginning. Gerard was even talking to her about it during all the publicity roll out for the Phantom of the Opera. That’s how long Gerard has wanted to do this. Actually longer then that. This is his baby.

First of all, I agree with crazy 4 u. I’ve never read a bad review on Gerry either. He puts his heart and soul into every performance he gives! Regarding Julia Stiles…he met her when he was filming Beowulf & Grendel in Iceland many years ago and they discussed the Burns project. She was very excited about it, according to Gerry and this is when I remember reading that she and Brian Cox would be attached to the project when it materialized. Maybe things have changed..that has been quite a while ago. All I know is that Gerry has been trying to get this put together since way back then. Everyone I know is very excited that his plans will finally be a reality! Way to go, Gerry!

idontcare @ 01/25/2009 at 6:27 pm

Butler is 39 (looks 45) and Burns died when he was 37. He’s too old for this role. And if they try to make him look young ala PS I Love You flashbacks, it’s a scary sight indeed. Ick.
McAvoy is younger and ten times the actor Butler is. He should be Burns.

Finally this has been put in front! I cannot wait.

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