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Gerard Butler: Groucho Guy!

Gerard Butler: Groucho Guy!

Gerard Butler flashes his baby blue eyes as he leaves the Groucho Club on Tuesday (September 27) in London, England.

The 41-year-old Scottish stud recently opened up about his slim down, and how his critics do not give him enough credit.

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“I go through all that work and do it for different roles, and get big for 300 or get heavier for a role, or slim down for a role… It’d be nice if they [my critics] went, ‘Well look, he’s committed,’” Gerry said to a San Francisco newspaper.

Last week, Gerard hit the red carpet at the LA premiere of his film Machine Gun Preacher.

FYI: Gerard is wearing Simon Spurr 2 Year Wash denim with Rogue‘s snap front shirt.

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  • cubedweller

    @Manny: I’ll take a shot at answering your question. I’ll compare them as far as image is concerned.
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    Clooney comes across as classy and grown up. He appears to be a serial monogamist who may have relationships that are less than long-term serious, but while he’s with someone, he takes them out, acknowledges them as present in his life, and does not openly hit on others. He appears kind and respectful towards the women in his life, at least in public. He is knowledgeable and serious about his political and social concerns. He does his share of less than stellar films (Goats, anyone?) but because he works so steadily, they are quickly forgotten and he is on to the next project.
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    Then there is Butler. He has worked very hard to build his image as a manwh0re. Evidently hits on anything breathing, whether of appropriate age or not. His “relationships” apparently have a lifespan of about an hour. Loves to brag about how hard he works, but puts out a fraction of the projects that Clooney does. Does not seem terribly interested in or committed to his chosen charities. Spends more time in clubs than attending more serious or meaningful events. In many interviews (but not all), comes across as shallow and self-promoting instead of humble. Loves to say how down to earth he is, but his actions do not back that up. He’s entertaining and often very funny, but his manner can be crass and cringeworthy.
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    The difference between the two men is glaring when you compare them item by item. Butler has gained a vibe as a h0rndog lightweight – which may be undeserved and inaccurate, but it is what it is. His reputation has taken on a life of it’s own, and I agree with his statement on Stern that it is affecting his work. And Clooney’s image as the modern Cary Grant may ALSO be undeserved, because, like Butler, we don’t really know what goes on in his life. But perception is everything.
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    That’s my observation, anyway. Happy Wednesday, JJrs!

  • Manny

    @N.:
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    I really hadn’t thought much about a PR team. I know Gerry is repped by CAA but is Clooney too? Clooney is very smooth I agree. Just seems more sincere… but don’t ask me why, cause I can’t quite put a finger on it.
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    @justsayin’too:
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    You know I think it would backfire on Butler to be photographed with one person. I mean this place goes bonkers if he is rumored to have kissed someone let alone pork them. Plus if it is really true, which I do believe, that he keeps several at his favorite ports of call, he would find Mr. Charles sleeping alone a lot more often.
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    I did applaud him on Stern’s show for saying this is the way I am and I’m not apologizing for it. Probably the most honest thing he has said in a long time IMO. He likes the ladies, they like him, and he is into recreational sex and not interested in a relationship. Why doesn’t he just say that? This hidden agenda crap just makes him seem skeevy IMO.
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    Maybe it is just the perception that Clooney is respectful to women that sets him on a better level than Butler.
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    I was thinking a lot about Clooney being politically active/passionate (not as in Dems and Reps, as in humanitarian). He was the first celebrity to speak out against the paps when Princess Diana was killed and he has been the biggest crusader in HW for Darfur. He was one of the principles that organized and ran the Haiti telethon too. Maybe that has lifted him to a more respectable level.
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    Did giggle at your “callous man sluut” comment.

  • Manny

    Totally off topic… Just saw that Kim Kardashian was named the most annoying celebrity by Parade magazine.
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    Damn and I didn’t even get to vote for her…. great choice Parade. *tipping my champagne glass*

  • Manny

    @cubedweller:
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    Class. You summed it up in one word.
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    I agree the lothario reputation will probably hurt Butler’s work or the roles he is offered. If you are looking to spend a sizable budget on a project you want to know you are hiring a professional. For all we know Butler is a consummate professional on set, well second thought, how many times are we hearing about his adolescent behavior with costars. I know Clooney is a prankster because of the funny stories shared by Clooney, Pitt, and Damon on the Oceans’ sets. But I have never heard any costar referring to Clooney like a 14-year-old boy like some have of Butler.
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    I know Butler is the guppy in this pond, but if he wants to really “arrive there” he does need a good PR makeover IMO.
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    Totally awesome insight. I was pondering the meaning of life on JJ and was rolling this topic through my brain. I appreciate your time and efforts guys. Very interesting IMO.

  • Lisa S.

    @cubedweller:

    You nailed it.

  • Lisa S.

    BTW: That was a great topic to bring up Manny.

  • Oh dear

    The bottom line is Clooney comes across a classy,  pretty nice, decent  fella despite being a ladies man. While Butler comes across as having no class at all , bit callous and a bit insincere.

    I always feel I’m being slightly  hoodwinked by Butler.  

    Clooney comes across as being a bit more genuine.

     It’s funny how I  feel more comfortable  using the term “ladies man” with Clooney. That description to me doesn’t seem fitting at all for  Butler. Manwhore is definitely more appropriate.

    There nothing wrong in playing the field, and being middle-aged free and single- it’s just how you do it.

    I get the feeling  Butler likes to lead women on to make himself feel better. Which isn’t a very nice way to behave. Actually it’s really rather cruel. 

  • Can’tGetEnough

    @cubedweller: Well said Cube! I’m a Gerry fan, but you really got the point across. We don’t know for a fact how Clooney really lives his life, nor do we know how Gerry really lives his. It’s all in how the public perceives them. When I see Clooney, I see a mature, hardworking, sincere, happily-single, respectful male. When I see Gerry, even though I swoon over him, I see an immature, flirty, silly “teenager”. It’s so very hard to take his work seriously sometimes because of the image he portrays and that is a shame. It really is. Would seeing him in a steady relationship with one woman change that?? Perhaps it would! It might, in the public eye, portray stability, respect, strength, and most importantly some seriousness on his part. The fans might go a little nuts over him being in a relationship, but I still believe it’s something that they would HAVE to accept eventually. At this point, Gerry’s reputation (or again, how the public really perceives him) is by far overshadowing his career—which is causing the career to crawl like a snail. I hope things change for him eventually, but I have my doubts.

  • Manny

    You know I was thinking another thing about this…
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    Clooney always looks like a class act. He never shows up to an interview/premiere/event rumpled. Even when you see piccies of him on his off time in Italy on a boat, he looks like he didn’t pick his shirt up off the floor.
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    I’m doing laundry today, can you tell???

  • Manny

    I see the phannies realized we are having a conversation… they just don’t realize thumbs make them impotent. If they don’t like the discussion, offer an opinion… like grownups do.

  • Manny

    LMAO… why am I seeing a flocks of angry mother birds swooping down???
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    Offer an opinion if you disagree…

  • Good news

    Well, the reason I wasn’t commenting is because I don’t know anymore about Clooney’s personal life than I do about Butler’s It is all speculation. None of us know either one of them and I don’t think we ever will. I like Clooney – I think he probably is a nice guy, but I do think Butler gets a bum rap..his fault or not, alot of people assume too much. It appears to me that alot of women use him more than he uses them… Just my take on it.

  • Red Dress

    Clooney does not reply, ‘ SEX!!’ when asked during an interview for a kid’s movie, What is your favorite thing to do.

    Clooney admits he was bad at marriage and hurt people. He claims he doesn’t feel good about that and won’t repeat it.

    Clooney embraces his age.

    Clooney has a good sense of humor but is not vulgar.

    Clooney dresses for success and would not be caught out looking like a slop.

    Need I go on?

  • Hollywood
  • Oh dear

    @ Can’tget enough

    But I get the feeling – because of his current manwhore image- Butler would not be adverse to pretending to be in a serious relationship if it improved his public persona. I know that sounds bad, but from watching him I would not be surprised if he and his team thought – Right. Let’s make people take you more seriously. Get a chick who will play girlfriend. But I really, really hope I am wrong. But the way he sells himself as a persona is so hamfisted. It would be lovely to see him in a truly loving relationship with someone who genuinely loves him for him, and not for his money and fame. I think that would work wonders for him personally and in turn professionally. But if there’s no chance at the moment for genuine relationship, it would vastly improve his image if he behaved more like a ladies man than a manwhore.

  • Drive Bye

    Jared, Butler has green or hazel eyes, not blue. But who cares? They all look alike in the dark. Ye can take the Glaswegian street urchin to the LA meatmarket but you can’t take the hamfist out of the wegi. Or something like that.

  • bea

    I get what people are saying and for the most part agree, but I have to say even though George has been in relationships, I think less of him specifically because of the women he dates. You don’t want to get married and have kids? Fine, I’m missing that gene too I really don’t care. But for 2 years to parade around a woman who’s best known for playing a topless nun and semi-nak– calendars? Um no. You may respect women on some level, but if you who chose to be in a relationship with reflects at all who you are, he’s not a great person given the last few girlfriends. You have a fling with the Elizabetta type, you don’t bring her to the Oscars. This to me does not seem “classy” or “mature”.

    Agree with perceptions people have mentioned of Gerry, but at least you know what you’re getting. He’s fun for a night or a weekend, but then you leave. You don’t bring him home to mom and you know that going in. He at least doesn’t try to pretend to be something else.

  • Manny

    @bea:
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    You mean f*ck her but don’t be seen with her? Really?
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    I really can’t agree with that to be honest. I applaud Clooney for not caring what others think and is proud to be with a woman he cares for whether she is a school teacher, stripper, or nun.
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    I also really am kind of offended that you are labeling. So Elisabetta didn’t do Shakespeare or hold down an office job, she may be a good person and she made George happy for a while.

  • Good News

    @Manny: Why are you offended, are you Elisabetta? Truth is the truth. I saw her on DWTS…not too impressed. I am sure she is a nice person, but I think she has been looking for her 15 minutes….

  • LLL

    @Drive Bye: Though you may have meant it tongue in cheek, you are on to something here when you talk about the Glaswegian street urchin. In comparing George Clooney and Gerard Butler, one point was left out. George Clooney is from a show business family. Gerard Butler is not. George Clooney has watched the business all his life. Gerard Butler did have not that privilege. George Clooney may have known how to turn the sex symbol image to a positive advantage. It seems Gerard Butler publicly just wallowed in his sex symbol image. “IF” Gerard Butler and team want to change his personal image, both Gerard and good PR can accomplish that with some invested time. This is Hollywood, reinvention happens often and things can change, including a celebrity’s reputation.

  • Red Dress

    ‘You mean f*ck her but don’t be seen with her? Really?’

    That’s what Gerry does, isn’t it? So it’s all right if Gerry does it? Not in my book it isn’t.

  • Manny

    @Good News:
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    Who are we to judge what she is truly like? She may not be an Oscar-winning actress but Clooney found something he cared for and was with her for two years.
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    I was offended by the fact that bea was drawing some kind of cast/class lines. That is just wrong on many levels IMO.

  • Manny

    @Red Dress:
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    ITAWY… You know if Gerry would have paraded a hundred women down the red carpet no one would even care. Now if he brings a casual with him all hell will break loose. He has kind of made his own prison IMO.

  • Oh dear

    @ Manny and Red dress

    ITAWY

    Another thing I don’t get is why does he keep going on about being spiritual? If you go by the way he reportedly hits on women especially young, impressionable ones and the really dodgy fame hungry chicks he always seems to be linked with. As well as how – as he himself has said in an interview – he keeps several chicks on the go at time. How can he be that spiritual?  He must have gone to remedial spiritual classes.

    If you truly want to be spiritual you don’t perpetuate the imagine of being an oversexed man-child.

    Can you imagine him pontificating on about his spirtuality to some fame hungry chick who’s young enough to be his daughter?  It will probably be a very one sided conversation,  with the chick  just giggling and saying things like ” …um, oh  yeah  you’re so right… ” and ” …err, that’s so cool…” or “…oh my g*d, you’re so amazing…” etc etc etc. Can you imagine how boring that would be? But hey maybe he likes that. 

    Blimey, if that’s the end result of a good few years of going to spiritual seminars and going on spritual journeys, I’d want my money back.

  • Manny

    @Oh dear:
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    *giggling*
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    Don’t get me started on his spiritual journey… What the man really needs is a lesson in mutual respect and etiquette. Hell, I would just settle for the Golden Rule of “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
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    I can’t believe we are discussing a 42-year-old man like this? Sounds like we are talking about an unruly 7-year-old. LMAO

  • Oh dear

    I know. It’s so funny. I am beginning to think his management team should stage a ” stop being a right  twat” intervention.  I racking my brain to think of any other actors who are as famous as him and still behaves like a bit of a tit. Hehehe I’ll post this on the latest thread too.

  • Good News

    Manny, I am sorry, but you are the last person I would ever think would quote the Golden Rule…. Really? And as far as Elisabetha, I would say watch her on DWTS to see how she acts and speaks, but I can’t because she has already been booted off on the 2nd. week. But alot was revealed about her personality this week. She acted kinda spoiled and snoddy…Maybe it was all for tv? Who knows…all speculation.

  • Hollywood Leaks

    @N.: Good PR team, the public girlfriends that usually last at least a year, and discretion, living in Italy helps I wonder though how does the Italian paparazzi portray Clooney? Let’s not forget that Clooney was born into showbiz so he’s been immersed in it, that’s a bigger advantage than most realize and I think it can be harder for foreign born actors to get into “in the club” though many of them get there, but conversely many of them don’t care about being in the club and prefer to either stay out of the limelight [another good tip] or they hightail it back home. Most of the non American actors working in Hollywood today except Russell Brand and actor is being kind in his case, seem to keep a low profile or shun the limelight as best they can. They let the work speak for itself. They do the obligatory events and that’s it. Except for Brand I can’t think of a UK actor who gets as much as bad press as Gerry, deserved or not. And Brand’s timely union with Katy Perry has made him a Hollywood darling, for now. But I tend to believe as many that Gerry and his team -whether through his own lack of confidence in his actual talent or frustration that the career and the roles weren’t happening fast enough, given his relatively late start understandable – fed the ladies man image to get attention but it may now be backfiring.

  • Oh dear

    @ Hollywood Leaks

    I think he’s starting to get bad press now because his manwhore image is beginning to calcify in the media – hence Jay Leno’s STD comment – before I think the press just saw him as just another lightweight, affable actor who likes to party and have a little fun with the ladies. I think he should get out of Hollywood.  I don’t think it really suits him. The longer he stays there the more he looks like a sell out, mainly because of the calibre of his work.   He just looks like he’s trying too hard to  get into “the club”  and it’s not working. 

  • Leah

    good hairstyle~