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Gerard Butler Explains His Drastic Weight Loss

Gerard Butler Explains His Drastic Weight Loss

Gerard Butler lands at LAX Airport after flying in from NYC on Thursday (September 15) in Los Angeles.

The 41-year-old Scottish star was in the Big Apple to promote his new movies, Coriolanus and Machine Gun Preacher.

Gerry also attended the Diesel Black Gold show where he chatted with Us Weekly about his recent weight loss.

“I ate my last meal in October and I run about 40 miles a day,” he joked. “It’s just doing a lot of cardio and extremely watching what I eat. I stopped lifting big weights and I’m doing yoga.”

“If I wear a long shirt, everyone says, ‘Oh my, God! He lost so much weight.’ But this is how I look,” he added. “I just used to be a lot bigger. But now I’m surfing. I’m doing a surf movie so I have to slim down. I don’t know … maybe I’m sick or something!”

FYI: Gerard is wearing a Rogue plaid shirt and dark olive jacket.

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  • cubedweller

    And I’ll just add – I appreciate the thoughtful discussion here today – very enjoyable. That’s what keeps me hanging around the old jj board.
    .
    Have a great Tuesday peeps!

  • redOctober

    @cubedweller:

    “the thoughtful discussion ”

    ITAWY.

  • Earlyautumn’s Eve

    What Sam does over in the Sudan is very contraversial and I’ve heard that the government here isn’t real happy about his intervention. He’s there to save kids, not end the conflict that is happening. Sam’s part is to rescue the victims of the war, not fight the war. He’s a nonconventional missionery and those people are usually all on their own. He’s just gun toting one.
    -
    Gerry is playing Sam. He’s an actor. The film is about one man’s transformation because of the suffering of the kids. Gerry doesn’t really need to go in to specifics about the conflict that is causing this. What is important is saving the kids. The conflict and unrest is an issue for others to deal with.
    -
    All he needs to do is stress the reason Sam does it and the issue of the humanitarian effort to save it’s most innocent victims. You get too indept about other issues and begin waxing political, you are going to turn a lot of people off. It better to keep the politics out of it.

  • Oh dear

    @ cubedweller

    I think you are right. I don’t think he has a lot of personal depth to pull off a serious interview about Sudan. He’s best off being a lightweight actor and pandering to the likes of the phannies and other supporters of his decision to make light of a serious issue to boost his already multimillion dollar bank balance.

  • LLL

    I think Gerard Butler took the role in Machine Gun Preacher to portray the man Sam Childers. Gerard Butler talks about the complexities of Sam’s life in interviews. Sam Childers talks more about the situation in Sudan in interviews. That is Sam’s life experience, not Gerard Butler’s. Sam is an activist. Gerard is an actor. That is not to say Gerard Butler has no concern for Sam’s cause, but it would seem somewhat arrogant and disrespectful of Sam Childers, if Gerard Butler came across as the authority (“know it all”) on Sudan. The complex, evolving character of Sam was the main draw for the “actor” to do the role. Sorry, if that bothers some of you. Of course…this is only my opinion/guess.

  • N.

    I just have this teeny tiny suspicion that Gerry chose to make this movie mostly because of the colorful life Sam has led, not because he consciously wanted to make a film to raise awareness to the plight of the Sudanese people. Colorful events of a story with certain shocking value equate commercial value. Sam’s story just has the elements for a HW movie written all over it: biker, drugs, guns, and redemption, with one added bonus: It touches on the subject of the overwhelming human crisis in war torn Africa which is where many HW stars/starlets’s passion lies.

    HStern has an audience of young to mid-aged males and that’s the group the film maker hopes would go watch this movie. I don’t think it’s a mistake for G to appear on HS’s show; I think it’s a calculated move on promoter’s part. Besides, if people don’t go see your movie, how are you going to raise awareness of the serious subject matter of your movie? If movies of serious subject matters are always money losers, then how are you expecting more film makers to continue and are able to make such movies? Film making is first and foremost a business and it doesn’t have the luxury to pick and choose it’s audience.

    Just a reminder,

    Tue. Sept 20 Leno

    Wedn. Sept. 21, LA MGP Premiere

    Friday, Sept. 23, Fugerson

  • Politico

    @Earlyautumn’s Eve: Which government North Sudan or Southern Sudan. The government of what is now Northern Sudan are the ones bankrolling the creeps like the LRA and the janjaweed so of course they don’t like anyone interfering with their attempted genocide. However this is just one example of the confusion. The politics are too complicated even for some political experts and too many danger zones for any of the actors of the film to accidentally wander into PR wise.

  • Oh dear

    @ movie reviews

    What are you talking about.  How can he not give some kind of political context to the film? The subject matter of the film is really political.  Butler has made a film about a real an extremely political man. Childer’s has been involved in trying to kill  member’s of the rebel group the Lord Resistance’s Army, because of its treatment of children.   Did you not read about the movie. Blimey. Butler will look like a right ignorant, shallow moneygrabbing git, if he doesn’t at least try to give the film some political or historical context.  As you said “… not every actor has to be a talking head on politics on such a difficult subject”  But an actor who’s gone out of his way to make a film about a real man embroiled in a real life politically complicated and contentious crisis and avoids at the very least to try to put the movie into some kind of political context because he wants to make loads  of cash, make himself look like a pretty disreputable  character.  

  • LLL

    Which interviews are the posters talking about where Gerard Butler never even eluded to why Sam Childers went to Africa?

  • GFW

    N. said…”I just have this teeny tiny suspicion that Gerry chose to make this movie mostly because of the colorful life Sam has led, not because he consciously wanted to make a film to raise awareness to the plight of the Sudanese people.”
    -
    Wow. That’s cold. And I think (personally) way judgmental and plain wrong. But it’s your callous opinion of Gerrry, so you’ve every right to it. But again, wow. :o(
    ~K, speechless

  • GFW

    @Red Dress:
    @242 My wish is Ralph, who is on CR a lot gets welcomed back (with cast which will include Gerry) because: 1) Charlie likes (him), enjoys his work and respects both; and 2) It is Ralph’s first directorial film debut, which is getting praise so I might be surprised if he doesn’t; 3) I’ve sent email to the Charlie Rose show and they said they’d look into Butler and with Machine Gun Preacher and Coriolanus (I think) it’s time! I do.
    ~K

  • TheDoctorIsIn

    @ Oh dear. I appreciate the insightfulness of your commentary. With that in mind, there are limits to how much we can and should expect entertainers to manage our socio-political enlightenment. I don’t look to anyone who plays dress up for a living to do much more than enterain me. I find if I keep my expectations of the acting community low, they generally tend to oblige with at or near results. What else could most of them do for a living otherwise?

  • Politico

    I disagree with Oh Dear.

    This is not a movie about the Sudan conflicts per se. It is a corollary to the main story which is the transformation of this man and you want to emphasize that to the audience so they don’t think they are going to inundated with political stuff for 2 hours. And Sam’s story is a very small part of the whole political picture anyway.

    Now if Gerry is interviewed by Piers Morgan for one hour and Piers decides to get deeper then we will see. But I am sure he’s been advised by his PR people to keep the focus on the real core of the movie, which is the life of Sam and his transformation. Sam could have been caught up in any number of situations in Africa where help is always needed. It did not necessarily have to be Sudan or even Africa. Could have been Haiti. It’s the transformation that is the story.

    What you hope is people who see the movie then decide to google Sudan or pick up some books or pay more attention on the news channel when Sudan is mentioned. If you can achieve that, it is huge and I for one will be picking up any good books on the subject. including Sam’s bio.

    Besides actors can’t win. Some people think Sean Penn, Tim Robinson, George Clooney and even Bono as some examples need to shut up. So damned if you do damned if you don’t. The perception is celebrities like actors and musicians should talk about what they know and what they get paid for, their craft and leave politics to others. Not saying I agree with that as long as the celebrity is truly informed and not just trying to get PR. Unfortunately as well some celebrities don’t do their research and they make themselves look foolish and hurt their causes more than help.

  • LLL

    I asked a legitimate question in post #259, which interviews are the posters talking about? I didn’t get an answer, just a thumbs down. (This happened on another thread when I asked a question…ask a question, get a thumbs down, but no answer.) I asked the question because I wanted to listen to the interviews the posters are talking about for example: post #229,#232, #233 and #239,etc.. The posters stated interviews, but not which interviews. Why can’t this simple question be answered?

  • Oh dear

    @ LLL
    Why is it  somewhat  arrogant of  Butler and disrespectful to Childers to talk a bit about the country? Even some basic facts  such as where it is in Africa? How big it is ? How many people live there?  Will that make him look like a “know it all”?  I don’t think so. He can still  harp on about how upset he gets when he looks at pictures of maimed black babies. 

    @N

    “Howard Stern has an audience of young to mid-aged males and that’s the group the film maker hopes would go watch this movie. I don’t think it’s a mistake for G to appear on HS’s show; I think it’s a calculated move on promoter’s part. ”

    I understand what you are saying but its horribly and distastefully calculating. Butler has touted this project as a vanity piece, a venture to make people take him more seriously as an actor. Vanity projects  usually aren’t about coining it in. So much for the artistic authentic, integrity and sincerity of Butler

    “…Besides, if people don’t go see your movie, how are you going to raise awareness of the serious subject matter of your movie? ..”

    Again understand. But if you want to raise awareness of a serious subject in a film, you better make sure you are factual and socially aware of how you do it. Or it will come back and bite you on the arse big time. Movies last a very long time.

    “..If movies of serious subject matters are always money losers, then how are you expecting more film makers to continue and are able to make such movies? Film making is first and foremost a business and it doesn’t have the luxury to pick and choose it’s audience…”

     Once again understand but Butler initailly sold this as a vanity project -not a  money spinning venture. Look at how Fiennes is selling his movie. I don’t him rushing on to the Howard Stern show to persuade frat boys and dirty ole middle aged men to come to see his movie.

  • http://www.chansondelange.com SwansongPaisley

    Capone chooses his weapon and sits down with Gerard Butler to talk MACHINE GUN PREACHER and CORIOLANUS!!!

    Published at: Sep 20, 2011 6:49:43 AM CDT
    Hey everyone. Capone in Chicago here.

    Gerard Butler’s career is interesting, to say the least. He remains one of the most bankable actors working today, but you’d be hard pressed to name five of his films that are worth watching twice, or even once. That being said, I am most definitely excited to see what kind of fire he breathes into the film adaptation of the infrequently produced Shakespeare play CORIOLANUS, opposite Ralph Fiennes (who also directed), which most of us won’t get a chance to see until January. And part of the reason I’m curious about Butler’s work in in CORIOLANUS is because of what he does in his current film MACHINE GUN PREACHER, which opens in select cities this weekend and goes wide next weekend.

    Although I may have issues with some of the choices writer Jason Keller and director Marc Forster make in bringing the story of real-life preacher Sam Childers to the big screen, I found very little fault with Butler’s portrayal of this once bad man who find God and becomes a doer of great goods, especially on behalf of African orphans. MACHINE GUN PREACHER also features some terrific performances by the likes of Michelle Monaghan and Michael Shannon, as well as the fantastic Souleymane Sy Savane.

    But back to Butler, whose career turning point was 300, but has since given us such questionable works as P.S. I LOVE YOU, THE UGLY TRUTH, LAW ABIDING CITIZEN, THE BOUNTY HUNTER, and GAMER. And let us not forget his pre-300 performances in DRACULA 2000, the second LARA CROFT movie, TIMELINE, and THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.

    In the end, I was much more interested in talk with Butler about his current work than asking him to explain or apologize for his past work, and it didn’t surprise me that he asked me when we met if I liked MACHINE GUN PREACHER. Strangely enough, that question rarely gets asked in interviews I do. But for someone whose career is seemingly under constant attack, I can see why he’d be a little skittish about something he’s genuinely proud of and is being received well by preview audiences.

    I was told just before I interviewed Butler that there was Oscar buzz around the movie, and I’m not sure I’d go that far, but it is a very watchable movie about an incredible man (one whom I interviewed the following day, actually; I’ll have that for you shortly). In the mean time, please enjoy my brief conversation with Gerard Butler, which took place just prior to a rousing Q&A we did after a screening of the film in Chicago.

    Gerard Butler: So you’ve seen the movie then?

    Capone: Yeah, I saw it a couple of weeks ago.

    GB: Did you like it?

    Capone: I did, for the most part.

    GB: Yeah? You can be honest, I don’t mind.

    Capone: I’m a big fan of Marc Forster. I like that the guy doesn’t really even know how to repeat himself in terms of the kind of material he does, and it’s just a really fascinating story. And I like that it’s something I haven’t really seen you do a lot of. What was it that struck you about Sam’s story initially when you got the script or heard about him?

    GB: I think it would be the same thing that struck anybody, to see a guy who went throw such a massive transformation, somebody who was a smack addict, a heroin addict, this violent rogue who within a couple of years was a preacher living between the U.S. and the Sudan building an orphanage for kids and fighting in a civil war. Just saying that, those words coming out of your mouth, and you go… “Okay…”

    Capone: “It sounds like a movie.”

    GB: It sounds like a movie and it sounds almost like ridiculous fiction, and yet it’s a true story. So, you read that and you are so moved, kind of shocked, horrified, and yet strangely inspired by the story. So I think I had the same reaction as anybody would have to this material or to this movie, and then I’m lucky enough to be in a position where I could also play that guy, and of course I love a role that I can get my teeth into or a role that is unusual and I get a chance to say something different.

    Capone: Was there something on a more personal level for you that you found a kinship in, in terms of some of the demons he had to overcome before he could complete the transformation?

    GB: Absolutely. By the way, this is another reason why I think people will identify with the movie, because whether it’s in a larger scale of actual drugs, violence, escaping your environment, or whether is just somebody beating other demons within themselves. Whatever that happens to be, that’s why you identify with this character, because he finally faced those demons and overcame them and had this kind of incredible transformative period.

    Yeah, without a doubt, I’ve been in a lot of places where he has be in, on a smaller scale. I wasn’t picking up shotguns. I wasn’t robbing crack houses, but I was getting into my own trouble, which was in my world the sa

  • http://www.chansondelange.com SwansongPaisley
  • GFW

    LLL said…”Once again understand but Butler initailly sold this as a vanity project -not a money spinning venture.”
    -
    A “vanity project”? He did? Oh, you mean according to you? Oh, it just gets more judgmental and colder!
    -
    I actually think he took it on for a variety of reasons, and one of them included the children.
    ~K

  • LLL

    @Oh dear: Simple….Gerard Butler has not been there. He has only seen pictures and heard stories. As I said it is Sam’s experience, not Gerard. It is Gerard Butler’s job to promote the movie, which doesn’t necessarily mean educate the masses. Like another poster stated if viewers’/listeners’ interest is peaked about the situation and really want to know stats…they can always search online. Machine Gun Preacher is the story of Sam Childer’s life. It is not a documentary about conditions in Sudan. Gerard Butler is not the machine gun preacher…he just played one in a movie.

  • LLL

    @GFW:

    # 268 GFW @ 09/20/2011 at 3:10 pm:
    LLL said…”Once again understand but Butler initailly sold this as a vanity project -not a money spinning venture.”

    Excuse me…where did I said that? You have stolen my post and taken them as your own in the past. But you have gone too far, making-up quotes that I did not state. That constitutes libel.

  • Tonto

    I have to agree in part with LLL #255 and Politico#263. I don’t see Butler so much as a political activist as an actor who was inspired by one man transforming journey. Sam’s job is to give his reasoning and the details of what is going on in Africa and why he made the decision to get involved there. If GB is just giving a cursory background to the story, then we might be able to assume his focus is on Sam’s personal story without getting to involved with the political background. JMO

  • http://www.chansondelange.com SwansongPaisley

    Question: If an actor plays a brain surgeon in a movie, would you expect him to then to sit down and answer questions about how to perform a delicate operation, or to field questions about how insurance and pharmaceutical companies influence the medical treatment of patients? If an actor plays a cop, should he be able to answer questions about complex legal procedures in law enforcement? Gerry has stated that he WAS personally moved by the story of the children Sam is trying to help, and I think this issue HAS become personal to him, but he has said on many occasions that, as a rule, he does not talk politics.

    Swannie

  • GFW

    Whether you or not, the post looks deleted. Ghee, can’t imagine WHY!
    ~K

  • oh dear

    @ LLL

    “…You have stolen my post and taken them as your own in the past. But you have gone too far, making-up quotes that I did not state. That constitutes libel..”. Eh? What are you talking about. I just used the term “vanity project”, which is regularly used to describe actor or actress who produce or finance a piece of work that is close to their heart? I don’t believe the term exclusively belongs to you.

    On numerous occasions Butler has said he took a pay cut to make this film because he wanted to take on new challenges. If you want to specific quotes look em up yourself. I wouldn’t be pressing the point so much if he didn’t express that sentiment. If he wants to be taken seriously as an actor he has to put himself out there occasionally like De Caprio, Penn or Clooney. Or else stick to the action films and dodgy rom-coms and accept his acting limits.

    @ Sawnsong

    No. Of course not. But I do expect him to muster up some rudementary description of an operating room. Particularly if he’s playing a real life surgeon.

  • LLL

    @oh dear: I did not post that to you, unless of course you are GFW. Are you one and the same?

  • God Bless yoou all!

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  • LLL

    Hmmm… This curious???

    # 268 GFW @ 09/20/2011 at 3:10 pm
    LLL said…”Once again understand but Butler initailly sold this as a vanity project -not a money spinning venture.”
    -
    A “vanity project”? He did? Oh, you mean according to you? Oh, it just gets more judgmental and colder!

    # 274 oh dear @ 09/20/2011 at 4:52 pm
    @ LLL
    “…You have stolen my post and taken them as your own in the past. But you have gone too far, making-up quotes that I did not state. That constitutes libel..”. Eh? What are you talking about. I just used the term “vanity project”, which is regularly used to describe actor or actress who produce or finance a piece of work that is close to their heart? I don’t believe the term exclusively belongs to you.

    Did you just “out” yourself? BTW…You may have used the term “vanity project”. I never have used the phrase “vanity project”.

  • oh dear

    Politico

    So let me get this right – do you think the oscar winning actor Sean Penn refused to give a basic political context to the film “Milk ” because he thought an audience interested in seeing that kind of film would only want to focus on the arch of the character?

    Was the oscar winning actor Forrest Whittaker reluctant to give a basic political context to the situation in Uganda under Idi Amin during the 70s, when he was promoting “The Last King of Scotland” because he thought an audience of average intelligence would be too stupid to get that they would not be inundated with political stuff for 2 hours.

    And do you really think the Oscar winning actor Colin Firth thought. ” No. I will not give even the most rudimentary history of King George VI, in an accessible, but informative way because a reasonably compos mentis audience would be so turned off they would not go to see the film”.

    Do you see where I am going with this? I am not asking Butler to launch in to a long convoluted speech about the situation in Sudan. I am saying if he wants to be taken seriously as an actor he should be able to at least string together a synopsis of the basics of the country and the crisis there.

    After all Butler chose to make a film about a real man who goes out to Sudan to save some children who live there? Most people with one iota of common sense will want to know why Butler wanted to make a film about a real man who decides to go to Sudan? And why the man who went to Sudan wanted to save the some of the children in Sudan? Is that so difficult to comprehend?

    Is Butler brain so addled that he’s unable to muster up even an evasive answer – if asked – What do you know of the situation in Sudan? Is that such a bizarre question to ask? Given that he made a film which for a substaintial amount of time is set in Sudan? Really? Really?

  • meaghan

    @LLL:
    Oh come on! GFW and Oh dear are obviously not the same person. Their opinions and writing styles are so radically different, no one could fake that. Let’s not be petty, shall we?

  • oh dear

    @ LLL

    What are you on? Can you please try not to make it all about you.

  • Belamy

    Someone is using a very belligerent tone today, (cough cough) oh dear.

  • Politico

    @oh dear: You are comparing apples and oranges

    I would not even consider The King’s Speech a political story per se either it was again a biographical account of a man overcoming an obstacle and Colin Firth didn’t need to explain that to me. I heard Colin Firth discussing this movie and he indeed focuses on the determination of the King to overcome his weakness not politics per se but the personal struggle is the nub of the film and what the audience could connect with and relate to.

    Yes Milk is a bio pic but it is the biopic of a gay politician, so politics is unavoidable . If you do a political movie right the stars don’t have to explain it anyway. I’ve seen the movie Milk a few times and guess what I never heard Sean Penn doing press conferences or saw or read interviews before hand. I had no trouble enjoying the movie without his insightful analysis.

    If Butler was playing some CIA agent or relief worker or UN official operating in Sudan and the WHOLE movie focused on that story, start to finish, the politics of Sudan might need to be explained. And might not if the movie does its job.

    If the fact Mr. Butler cannot or chooses not to wax eloquently publicly for hours on end about the complicated politics of Sudan disappoints you I can’t help you. If you wish Butler were more like Penn or Clooney, well he isn’t one of those guys and not sure he ever will be.

  • Politico

    For example this picture illustrates a big part of the conflict but you say it out loud and you will wreak havoc. Well unless you are Kola Boof.

    http://www.un.org/News/dh/photos/large/2011/September/20-09-2011sudanrights.jpg

    Guess independence for South Sudan has not made things safer. No surprise there.

    http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=39633&Cr=sudan&Cr1=

  • http://www.chansondelange.com SwansongPaisley

    @oh dear:

    The point is, has he been asked that question? If so, which interview was that? Admittedly, I have not been reading all the interviews that have come out about this film, but from the articles I have read, I haven’t heard or seen that particular question asked. I gather that Gerry spent some time with Sam prior to filming, so wouldn’t you think that Sam enlightened Gerry about the political conflict in Sudan? Why are people assuming that Gerry doesn’t have the depth to speak on the topic, or doesn’t care about it? Perhaps he chooses not discuss it in the interview formats he’s been given.

    Swannie

  • reminder

    Gerry is on Leno tonight. :-)

  • bbb

    “Once again understand but Butler initially sold this as a vanity project -not a money spinning venture. Look at how Fiennes is selling his movie. I don’t him rushing on to the Howard Stern show to persuade frat boys and dirty ole middle aged men to come to see his movie.”

    Right, because in general Ralph and Stern would be more of a demographic mismatch from a marketing perspective whereas Butler and Stern are a match, especially in the context of this movie. Stern’s audience isn’t going to latch on to what Voldemort or the guy from the English Patient says. Stern’s audience went to see Law Abiding Citizen and is turning Gamer into a sleeper hit on DVD (please notice I said “sleeper hit”, not outright “hit”). If Stern’s says it is a good movie and Butler is entertaining and sells the action parts of it, it has more influence and makes perfect sense as part of an overall marketing campaign.

    I would bet that when it comes time to sell Shakespeare, it will be Butler on more of the mainstream talk shows. Let’s face it, Vanessa Redgrave- her body of work, her personality, and her talent- could kick the a– of everyone else in that movie, but she’s not going to go over well on Leno/Conan/Kimmel and get people to see the movie. She will get the very small and limited market of people who appreciate her talents to see the movie, but that will not recoup any costs. And even if it is a passion/vanity project for Ralph, his best bet to get to make another one is for it to break even. Clooney keeps getting to make the movies he makes only because they at least break even. He knows this, he’s spoken about it, he’s smart about marketing to it and keeping his costs in control.

    Whatever Butler’s faults may or may not be in terms of career choices, interview responses, etc., I think we can all agree that in the marketing/promotion/getting people into the theater/getting people to like him department, the man is good. That movies like The Bounty Hunter and Law Abiding Citizen at least broke even is proof of this.

    sorry for the long rant.

  • movie reviews

    @GFW:

    wasn’t LLL, maybe N said it?

  • Oh dear

    @bb

    Financial yes they are successful but critically most of his movies are rubbish. It’s obvious the guy wants to be taken seriously as an actor or he would not have worked on coriolanus. Most people who I know who are discerning film goers just think he’s a bit of a crappy actor who’s more in partying than taking on serious roles. All I am saying is if he wants to be taken seriously by other serious actors he’s got show a lot more intelligence when it comes to his film choices, his acting chops and his choice of interviews when working in a serious projects.

    @poltico

    And I am not comparing apples with oranges. The guy wants to be taken seriously as actor. I just gave you examples of serious actors who played real people in serious movies. Now, if he clearly stated he just wants to be a light weight take the money and run actor, then of course my argument would be academic, but his choice of MGP and Coriolanus shows to me anyway that he want some credibility amongst his more critically acclaimed, which the moment he most certainly hasn’t got. Hence his return to a run of probably medicore money making movies like Playing The Field and Mavericks.

  • Oh dear

     @bb 

    Financially yes his films are successful, but critically  all of them post 300 are at best ok – which is one RocknRolla and rest well rubbish. It’s obvious the guy wants to be taken seriously as an actor or he would not have worked on coriolanus. Most people who I know who are discerning film goers just think he’s a bit of a crappy actor who’s more into  partying than taking on serious roles. All I am saying is if he wants to be taken seriously by other serious actors he’s got show a lot more intelligence when it comes to his film choices, his acting chops and his choice of interviewers when working in a serious projects. 

    @poltico

    And I am not comparing apples with oranges.  I just gave you examples of serious actors who played real people in serious movies. Now, if he clearly stated  he just wants to be  a light weight take the money and run actor, then of course my argument is  academic, but his choice of MGP and Coriolanus shows to me anyway that he wants some credibility amongst his more critically acclaimed acting contemporaries,  which at the moment he most certainly does not have. Hence his return to run of the mill probably medicore money making movies like Playing The Field and Mavericks. 

  • Manny

    Don’t know if anyone has posted this yet…
    .
    It seems Howard Stern is not the only one to think Butler is … well … easy…
    .
    http://www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show/video/gerard-butlers-24-hour-condom-92011/1356785/

  • Oh dear

    Sorry for the double post.

  • Manny

    Gotta hand it to Whitney… she knows a good joke when she sees one…
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  • Manny

    Interesting discussion today.
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    I saw a few minutes of Brad Pitt’s interview on Ellen today during break. Ellen was asking about his kids, Angelina and marriage. Brad spoke up about equality in marriage and their decision not to get married until everyone can. I have to admit I was intrigued by his answer and the conviction of his opinion. He didn’t throw it out as “hey look at me I’m on the latest HW cause fad” but was thoughtful in his discussion of it. It gave him depth and a connection to something important to so many. Made him real and aware/in touch of more than the jet-setting mob IMO.
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    You know, I can’t help but think that Butler needs to sell this movie in a respectful way. Yeah from the clip above he was the brunt of the wh*re joke, but it will be interesting to see how he talks about the movie. Leno often will offer opportunity for some depth for serious subjects. Butler can lend to that atmosphere.
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    Whether Butler agrees with Sam’s motive, politics, or religion or not, Butler is a mouthpiece for a situation that is very real and involving innocents. That deserves respect IMO. I think you can balance an interview with the over-the-top silliness but when the movie comes up deliver your answers in a serious and respectful manner.
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    I disagree with Swansong, like what is new, but Butler should know the backstory and should be able to answer intelligently on the subject. Butler is the face in front of the public and should be able to address any reasonable question about the situation in the Sudan as well as about Sam IMO. Butler chose to play Sam and place himself in the position of playing this man which in turn brings awareness to why Sam became Sudan Sam.
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    Sudan and Darfur are passionate issues in HW headed by Clooney and others. If Butler really wants to be considered for an award, he needs to remember that IMO.
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    OT – we had a toddler brought in in critical condition today. His grandmother had backed over him in her car. Please take a minute to walk around your vehicle before you get in and drive. It may save a tiny life.

  • oh dear

    @ Manny

    I totally agree. As you’ve seen from my posts. hehehe

  • Manny

    BTW if you are interested in the interview with Brad Pitt, the clip I saw was from the show that I think airs later this week. Kind of a fan of Pitt’s efforts in New Orleans.
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    It would be nice to see Gerry embrace a cause like that, something that you could really feel was a passion for him rather than an opportunity to network.

  • Earlyautumn’s Eve

    Whitney C. is smitten with Butler! LOL!

  • cubedweller

    Just caught the Tonight Show. Words fail me (almost). Basically all about Butler until the film clip at the end of his segment. Then some pretty lewd antics with that Whitney girl during her segment. A little of her goes a long way. I felt a little ill at all the jokes about what a slvt he is. Um – what about the movie?????
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    The good news is, Butler owned up to falling off the wagon and smoking for about a month. I have no clue what he was going on about – meaning how he stopped, but he claims he’s no longer smoking.
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    Past my bedtime – nighty-night folks.

  • Tintagel

    The way I interpreted his ramblings about quitting smoking ~ he needed meds to do it – one of which made him mellow, i.e, high.

  • Tonto

    new thread folks…..

  • LLL

    @movie reviews: Thank you Movie. I don’t know who said it. I know one who did not say it and that would be me.

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