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Gerard Butler: 'Mavericks' Mentor!

Gerard Butler: 'Mavericks' Mentor!

Gerard Butler is set to star in Mavericks, an upcoming film based on the true story of surfer Jay Moriarty, according to Deadline.

The 41-year-old Scottish stud will play the mentor to Jay, who made it his “quest to ride the treacherous Northern California breaks known as Mavericks, where winter swells create waves the size of five-story buildings.”

Rick “Frosty” Hesson, Gerard‘s character, trained Moriarity for over a year and forged a close relationship with the surfer in the process.

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  • lucky17

    No. Leave NorCal alone.

  • Kriss

    yes yes yes

  • stella

    From the old thread,, and KDHT noted that Hanson directed LA Confidential, so this could be a warm up for White Jazz in terms of working together.

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    EXCLUSIVE: Gerard Butler has been set to star in Mavericks, the Curtis Hanson-directed fact-based drama for Walden Media. The film is based on the true story of Santa Cruz surf phenom Jay Moriarity and his quest to ride the treacherous Northern California breaks known as Mavericks, where winter swells create waves the size of five-story buildings. Butler will play Rick “Frosty” Hesson, the mentor who trained Moriarity for over a year and forged a close relationship with the surfer in the process. Though Moriarity survived those impossible waves, he died at 22 in a diving accident. But he remains an inspiration to surfers, who coined the phrase “Live like Jay.”

    Hanson, who just directed the HBO financial crisis drama Too Big To Fail, is directing a script by Kario Salem and Brandon Hooper. Hanson is searching for a young actor to play Moriarity. Butler, who recently starred for director Marc Forster in Machine Gun Preacher and the Ralph Fiennes-directed Coriolanus, will hit the surf for Mavericks after he completes Playing The Field. That Gabriele Muccino-directed film is Shampoo set in the world of pee wee soccer, where a philandering former pro soccer player tries to reunite with his family by coaching his son’s team, only to put himself in dangerous scoring position with a gaggle of beautiful soccer moms. Butler is exec producing Mavericks with Alan Siegel, and Hanson, Hooper and Jim Meenaghan are producing. Michael Bostick and Amanda Morgan Palmer are overseeing for Walden. Lakeshore Entertainment is selling foreign on the film, which will begin shooting in October. Butler’s repped by CAA and Alan Siegel Entertainment. UTA reps.

  • Manny

    Move over Patrick Swayze in Point Break… Butler is a Maverick. Oh Gawd. hahaha

  • Becks

    he’s only 41??

  • paisley please 1

    Yes, verrrry excited; but then again, I’m excited to see this lovely man in ANY movie, so . . .

  • Manny

    Does anyone know if this will be released hot on the heels of PTF? We could have a double-header in the box office toilet… Or maybe a sweep at the Razzies. Damn it Butler… space the crap out a little please!!!

  • littleme

    As I said in the last thread, Gerard will show his abs in at least 50% of the movie and that’s a bonus in my book.

  • KDHT

    @Manny: It doesn’t sound like crap to me. I think it’s interesting. And, as I said Hanson directed LA Confidential so it may be the beginning of another collaboration. I would assume the young actor they cast will be the main character of the film, with Gerry in a lesser role and producing.

  • Raichill

    He’s looking a bit craggy.

  • Manny

    @KDHT:
    .
    So do we call him Frodhi or Brosty? LA Confidential was marvelous I agree, but Hansen has directed just a few movies since 1997…
    .
    Lucky You
    In Her Shoes
    8 Mile
    Wonder Boys
    .
    None of which were as inspiring or successful from a critical point of view as LA Confidential.
    .
    On the bright side, it will probably be head and shoulders above Surfer Dude. :)

  • stella

    Hanson also directed 8 Mile.

    It’ll be interesting to see if they cast a real surfer in the role or a real actor who will have to learn to surf with Gerry.

  • Manny

    Too bad Keanu Reeves doesn’t have a son that could play the young to-be-mentored surfer. The dialect would be perfect. :P
    .
    Speaking of dialect, OMG, what will Butler sound like??????????

  • xyzee

    @Raichill: If he’s craggy, craggy is my new favorite thing.

  • gracey

    If they film this movie anywhere near a beach with publc access, the paps and the fannies will go insane with glee.

  • stella

    http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Gerard-Butler-Will-Live-Like-Jay-For-A-Surfing-Movie-23129.html#

    Sean Penn and Russell Crowe previously associated with it. Crowe on a surf board?

  • PsychoB

    I love surfers, my true weakness when it comes to men. So G has found a movie I will see no matter how bad it looks.

  • sue

    @stella: Crowe on a surf board? OMG. What a terrible visual that would be. What was he thinking?

  • stella
  • lily

    So, is he in Berlin as we speak? The original Mavericks announcement came from Berlin which is kind of odd I think if he ins’t there already.

    Great news for Ralph and Gerry that Weinstein is going to push Coriolanus. I can’t wait to hear what people say about the film after it’s shown. I think I read its showings are completely sold out in Berlin. It only cost $10 million to make so it shouldn’t take much to turn a profit – even if it is Shakespeare.

  • j manganiello

    @gracey:
    The paps could give two sh/ts about this non-entity. He is NOT Kim Kardashian, Robert Pattinson or Justin Bieber. Its his PR people and management that are bombarding the media with pics and planted stories and blurbs – and they were doing that back before he even filmed “Dear Frankie”. Gerard Butler generates lots of hits on a gossip site but that does not translate into movie ticket and magazine copy sales.
    He’s a B-list celebrity – at best. Let’s not confuse the ideals of a rabid middle-aged female fan base with the rest of the population.

  • Goody

    A surfer movie.. I would never have guessed. Don’t know what to expect and just hope the script is good. Sounds like he is in a co-star or even supporting role. He is not going the big budget big box office route; instead he is choosing the smaller specific theme related projects. 2011 is the sport related year for him. 2010 was action packed. What is 2012 to bring? He really is beating to his own drummers. Good for him to try different things.

  • flagstaff

    @j manganiello: So Kim K a A-lister in your eyes. Ok that says a lot. EVERY actor/actress has his/her PR plant stories. It’s part of the Hollywood game. Are you too naive to know that? Why all of a sudden Jen Aniston is everywhere these last couple of days? Oh ya, a movie of hers is coming up.

  • clive owen

    @Raichill:
    He really does. But that’s what happens when you’re actually nearing 50 and partying like you’re 25.

    C’mon Fangurlz, ya’ll know damned well that his press agent shaved ten years off his age when he came to Hollywood.

  • lisar

    @sue: He was thinking that he would work with a director he liked again.

    This doesn’t have a ring of a hit film to it unless they get a hot new face or world famous surfer to play the Jay. Gerard is in the second banana role.

    Hansen’s career has been on the downslide and it looks like Gerard’s is too. At least there is always a way to keep making a good living in roles that aren’t very big at the box office.

    Does anyone know if this is Gerard’s company producing and he hired Hansen or if Hansen hired him?

  • angelsrock

    @j manganiello:

    Kim K??? Really???

  • beelzababe

    @j manganiello: You sound like one of the whiney old crows on IMDb. Sorry j. I disagree with you. The paps go nuts when hits a night spot or red carpet. Ever hear all the screaming from them? “Gerard, Gerard, Gerard, look the right Gerard, another one Gerard? Etc. Etc.

    I hope you are not implying Kim Kardashian is an A list anything.

  • j manganiello

    @flagstaff:
    You might want to check your vision. No where in that post did I state that Kim Kardashian was an A-lister. But she’s a hell of lot closer to it than your boy. She SELLS.
    In terms of whose naive, well I’m not the one that thinks that Gerard (sliding back into obscurity Butler’s) next lame ass film project is going to create a media frenzy.

  • beelzababe

    @clive owen: And I suppose they bribed everyone he went to school and university with to lie about their ages as well. You just don’t lie about your age in the internet world in which we live.

  • gossiphound

    @j manganiello: Joe you still pissed off Henry Cavil stole Superman from you?

  • stella

    @j manganiello: Well, j, Ralph couldn’t get financing for Coriolanus until he had signed Gerard Butler. What does that tell you. Maybe he should have signed Kim Kardashian instead of Vanessa Redgrave.

  • opinion

    @j manganiello: Kim Kardash sells as a freak show.

  • LucyLu

    http://www.usmagazine.com/moviestvmusic/news/jen-anistons-movie-gets-panned-on-her-42nd-birthday-2011112

    Seems that the critics didn’t like Jen Aniston’s new movie at all. Some really hard words about it here.

  • littleme

    @lisar:

    “Hansen’s career has been on the downslide and it looks like Gerard’s is too”

    Read more: http://justjared.buzznet.com/2011/02/11/gerard-butler-mavericks-mentor/#ixzz1DhOpwwEj

    It amazes me when people say things without checking out the facts. I don’t know about Hanson’s career but G’s on the downslide? You mean he was at his high point when he made Gamer?

  • This has to hurt JA
  • CJ

    Gerard Butler pulls in the money maker because of his life style not his acting ability…since Fiennes is a manw.h.o.r.e himself he knows the ladies love G..so they will go to see him in anything..and that equals money..

    As for the new surfer movie..he is taking the Matt McConaughey way of acting…once did quality films and now does romcoms and dude movies..and I’m sure its all for the money….actually this would have been a perfect role for Matt…he actually surfs..

  • huh?

    Butler’s career on the downswing? Hardly. Coriolanus looks in place to get some great critical reviews, even if it’s not going to make tons of money like many of the mindless films that do. Then he’s got MGP. Then Playing the Field, then the Mavericks movie, then Afterburn and hopefully White Jazz, and add in the PInkerton series he’s developing for TV. Oh, yeah, he’s got hardly anything to do.

  • stella
  • mystery

    @Becks:
    I know, it’s shocking, right?! He looks at least ten years older. That guy’s obviously had a hard life. Lots of alcohol and drugs.

  • Technical problems??

    This site is a mess! Sometimes you’re able to post, sometimes you’re not. Sometimes you post once but your post shows up twice. Other times it says that you’ve already posted what you just wrote even if you haven’t. The thumbs almost NEVER work.
    Dam* it JJ, fix your site!!!! :(

  • Lame – O

    UNFORTUNATELY KIM K IS A DOUCHE AND FAT BUT HAS ‘A-LIST’ NAME RECOGNITION — WHICH IS THE TRUTH UNFORTUNATELY.
    There are stars and celebrities.
    KIm K is a celeb with a-list “name recognition.”

  • Hailie

    Oh great, new thread :)
    .
    .
    The Cheese Farts Dinner Troll will probably arrive any minute. 3 2 1….

  • Flea Collars Needed

    We can only hope that model wannabees and GB stalker wannabees Hilary (aka Canadian Model) and Constanze (daarden) stay farrrrr away from stalking this thread.
    After viewing the links they posted THEMSELVES – WE CAN ASCERTAIN that neither are :real: models (published work, hmmm?)
    – and neither have anything to do with Gerard – BUT they want all of us to care and believe they can and may.
    How sad, I ask – has this life become for some people???
    Amy

  • Flea Collars Needed

    We can only hope that model wannabees and GB stalker wannabees Hilary (aka Canadian Model) and Constanze (daarden) stay farrrrr away from stalking this thread.
    After viewing the links they posted THEMSELVES – WE CAN ASCERTAIN that neither are :real: models (published work, hmmm?)
    – and neither have anything to do with Gerard – BUT they want all of us to care and believe they can and may.
    How sad, I ask – has this life become for some people???
    Amy

  • Flea Collars Needed

    We can only hope that model wannabees and GB stalker wannabees Hilary (aka Canadian Model) and Constanze (daarden) stay farrrrr away from stalking this thread.
    After viewing the links they posted THEMSELVES – WE CAN ASCERTAIN that neither are :real: models (published work, hmmm?)
    – and neither have anything to do with Gerard – BUT they want all of us to care and believe they can and may.
    How sad, I ask – has this life become for some people???
    Amy

  • Flea Collars Needed

    We can only hope that model wannabees and GB stalker wannabees Hilary (aka Canadian Model) and Constanze (daarden) stay farrrrr away from stalking this thread.
    After viewing the links they posted THEMSELVES – WE CAN ASCERTAIN that neither are :real: models (published work, hmmm?)
    – and neither have anything to do with Gerard – BUT they want all of us to care and believe they can and may.
    How sad, I ask – has this life become for some people???
    Amy

  • stella
  • Flea Collars Needed

    Sorry fot triple post – it’s JJ!!! :(

  • EARLY DINNER

    RAW BOOGAR SASHIMI CHEESE ROE

  • Question

    @Flea Collars Needed:
    lol…We know it’s “them” posting.
    For the most part…we just humor them.
    ;-)
    Gerard is looking good!

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