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Gerard Butler Discusses his Emotional 'Machine Gun Preacher' Role

Gerard Butler Discusses his Emotional 'Machine Gun Preacher' Role

Gerard Butler catches some rays on a balcony of a beach house on Saturday (September 3) in Malibu, Calif.

The 41-year-old Scottish actor showed off his shirtless torso as he took in the beach views.

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Gerard recently spoke with the Los Angeles Times about his emotional connection to his upcoming film Machine Gun Preacher.

“This happened to me a lot when we were filming. I would just be overcome,” Gerard said through tears at the start of the interview.

“Did I go around stabbing people and shooting people? No. Did I end up in Africa building an orphanage? No. But I did have a massive transformation in my life where I sorted everything out,” Gerard explained of his connection to his character and to the film.

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63 Responses to “Gerard Butler Discusses his Emotional 'Machine Gun Preacher' Role”

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  1. 1
    Bean Says:

    Kind of looks like he’s needing a bra in that fourth pic lmfao

  2. 2
    Anna Butler Says:

    I LOVE You Gerard

  3. 3
    great P.R. Says:

    “This happened to me a lot when we were filming. I would just be overcome,” Gerard said through tears at the start of the interview.

    so fulla ****

  4. 4
    great P.R. Says:

    so fulla sh/t

  5. 5
    Pinky Says:

    That’s HIS house … vultures.

  6. 6
    kelly Says:

    looks kinda of pissed off in the second pic not his best look but we all cant be perfect all the time love to be chillen with him huggs

  7. 7
    Intrusive Says:

    Highly intrusive photos.

  8. 8
    legends Says:

    Poor guy – he’s probably been holed up in his house for a couple of days after ‘Brandigate.’ He looks like he’s just emerged from one of his ‘Celtic fog’ episodes (episodic depression), to get a little sun, and bam! The paps are there! What price, fame?

  9. 9
    nyob Says:

    LMAO. Yes, I can see the parallel between a man who transforms his life for the purpose of saving underprivileged children and one who does so for the purpose of being rich and famous. Whoever on his team came up with this line of BS should fired. But you know the fannies are going to eat this up.

  10. 10
    oh dear Says:

    @ bystander

    Excellent point about theatre in the last thread. When it comes to acting chops, the stage really separates the wheat from the chaff.

    I think it would be a real challenge for him now, considering his current lifestyle when he’s not making a film, but if he succeeded in establishing himself as a stage actor. I think that would be a real boost for him personally and professionally. But is he brave enough to take on the challenge? Hmmmmm.

  11. 11
    The Noise In The Walls Says:

    Legends..# 8 …I agree..It’s one thing where the paps are at premeires and social’s another when they are invading your private space…especially at home?..They have no limitations..Fame is a double edged sword..Maybe Gerry ought to think again about Malibu?..There are other places along the coast that are “pap” free..

  12. 12
    . Says:

    @The Noise In The Walls:
    “There are other places along the coast that are “pap” free..”
    Exactly and Gerard would have known this before renting. He chose to rent in a pap nest. He wants and likes having his photos taken by them. He wanted all the shirtless coverage he’s been getting. For every one photo, like today, when he’s grumpy, most days he’s happy to have them there or he wouldn’t have rented this house. He even openly held an interview at that house and let them take all the footage of his digs that they wanted.

  13. 13
    justsayin'too Says:

    He looks like skelator with saggy boobs. Sorry, I like him, but I have to call it like I see it. I’ll take Barbados Belly over this starving shell of the former GB. Not fit looking or healthy looking IMHO. You all can think this is hot all you want but I’m out of here, maybe for good after I saw the MGP trailer. I was hoping he would redeem himself with great work, and I could look over his current unkempt state and say it is for his craft (lol). Just not impressed anymore.

  14. 14
    Just Plain Awesome Says:

    You know what’s funny all the people who talk **** about Gerry’s pictures and they probably don’t even look half as good as he does whether or not it’s in a good picture.

  15. 15
    No news Says:


    I can tell you are not impressed anymore….that is why you keep coming here….thou protest too much….but not just you, most who post here…. Just something to say.

  16. 16
    CorBlimey Says:

    If you can’t be free to relax when you’re at home, then there is something really, really wrong. I hope the people that took these photos are thoroughly ashamed of themselves. Would love to see a few celebrities stalk the paps for a change – capture THEM at home, or snap them in their trackies buying a coffee, or follow their loved ones around just because they’re connected to them. I bet they’d grow some respect for the people they dog in a great, big hurry.. Grrrrrr, on behalf of Gerard.

  17. 17
    I i I Says:

    He’s selfish.

  18. 18
    CorBlimey Says:

    @I i I:
    Do you know this from personal experience, or are you just making a passing judgement? I’m curious…

  19. 19
    I i I Says:

    @CorBlimey: no I read the quote.

  20. 20
    CanD Says:

    He’s lost too much weight. He can still be buff but with some weight. He looks even smaller than he did in 300.

  21. 21
    Manny Says:

    Not crying for Butler. If he didn’t want the paps shooting him at his house he should never have rented in Malibu. California has thousands of miles of coast and he chose THE place where paps eat, sleep, and drink for piccies.
    I’m giggling at that too. Most young teenage girls would be so jealous of his…. hmmmm… “girls.” :)))
    I’m existing on faith at this point myself… for his acting. Between the manorexic and smoking, I’m not a fan except for his acting at this point. Found myself a new sexy beast with a southern drawl to watch. Yes ma’am… *wink wink* Sorry Butler…
    Reports from screenings are that MGP is good. I’m hanging on for MGP… that will be the make or break for me I’m afraid. Don’t know that I can hang on for Coriolanus to make it to us on DVD since it doesn’t have a wide release. Kind of a shame to be honest. I think he has talent but he just doesn’t look like the man that made me sit up and take notice anymore.

  22. 22
    she Says:

    GERRY, you are getting me in to a depression with this interview, what’s going on, I want to take Cipralex when I read your answers. Wake up baby, I want to hear hope, compassion, REVIVAL. I want to hear the man that woke up one morning and decided that he is willing to give himself a socond chance in life becase he deserve a second chance, because he deserve a better future, and he is giving a second chance to other kids. Gerry WAKE UP I don’t want to cry when I read your interviews, I want to smile.
    Have a great day JJ’S

  23. 23
    Truth Is Beauty Says:

    LOL, what a load bul/s/it!!! Gerry says anything and everything to sell a movie, to be able to continue being a star. I’ve heard all this c/ra/p before about other movies he’s been a part of. He’s an actor and he ACTS all the dam* time it seems. I remember when he almost started crying in an interview when he was talking about the Phantom. ‘I feel so much like this guy. I actually started crying when I first read the script. I read the script in the light of some flickering candles and it was so sad. I may not be physically deformed but I have my scars on the inside’ and so on and on with his ‘I’m such a sensitive guy and a real artist’ BS. And yep, all the phannies bought it (me included) and we liked him even more. Then lots of fans started to see through the facade and we realized that all this guy wants is FAME and random women to s/ha/g. Just like he said in that Dutch interview when he was asked what his fans meant to him; ‘well, without fans you don’t have a career’. Finally The Gerry was honest. Thats all his fans (and his movies!) mean to him, a security to success and fame. And he plays them over and over again with his smooth tearful talk like in this new interview. Well, I’m not buying it anymore. Not a single word of it.

  24. 24
    ManBra Says:

    @Bean: He’s always had moobies. It doesn’t matter how skinny he gets, they’re still there and I’ve noticed that they’ve started to sag too just like with women who lose a lot of weight. LOL ;)

  25. 25
    ManBra Says:

    @legends: It could’ve been worse. Brandi could have been there with him. That wouldn’t have been a nice sight ;)

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