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Gerard Butler: Surfing Accident Was A 'Close Call'

Gerard Butler: Surfing Accident Was A 'Close Call'

Gerard Butler ducks out of The Box nightclub on Friday (January 6) in London, England.

The night before, the 42-year-old Scottish actor attended a special screening of his new movie Coriolanus.

Gerard also recently appeared on The Graham Norton Show where he talked about his scary surfing accident while filming his other movie, Of Men and Mavericks, in Northern California.

“[The waves] just took me in, and I couldn’t get up. It was pretty hairy. It was maybe of of the few times that reports were not exaggerated. It was a pretty close call,” he shared.

“I was actually in the ambulance and wanted to go back, which was a little crazy. But [surfing is] pretty addictive,” Gerry added.

FYI: Gerard is wearing Joe’s Classic Fit with Rogue‘s leather biker jacket.

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  • New Year’s wisdom

    “A wise man hears one word and understands two.” <3
    -Jewish proverb

  • curious cat

    @Can’tGetEnough:

    “Moira? I think she’s harmless really. She seems like a nice woman, but did you see his face when she blurted out that the pic of him was taken in Hawaii? He was like “omg, you KNEW that?” LOL It was kinda funny, but he looked taken back by it—-but tried to do it in sort of a nice way.”

    Hell, I knew that was taken off Maui, but I LiVE in Hawaii. So I remembered. I don’t remember where or when every pic of him I see was taken. But the ones in Hawaii I do, and SHE is a Superfan! And he knows it. He said she follows him everywhere and made a joke of it. Said she should answer his questions and correct him when he got it wrong. Frankly, I didn’t find her out of line in singing that out about the kilt and I thought he was very gracious about it. It made entertainment.

    I do think the guy is (as a teacher of mine used to say “starting to begin to commence to learn to” ) wear his fame better than he used to and deal with the fallout. He acknowledged this woman as a person. He didn’t diss her. She clearly basked in the recognition. And I don’t give a RA. I’m way better looking than she, if I do say so myself, and don’t spend my time or money chasing stars all over the place, I just don’t feel any problem about her having a moment in the sun with her hero. This isn’t rocket surgery.

    Earlier today I got a message in my email from another website in which someone commented on a comment I made several months ago, after GB was interviewed by Howard Stern. I had said Stern irritated me because he corrected his sidekick Robin not once but several times on the pronunciation of GB’s name. She said GER ard, and Howard corrected her Ger AARD insistently. GB has talked about this so many times. Can’t people say his name as he would like?

    Anyhoo, this poster said Robin said JARED. I posted back that I heard it differently and we could argue about it till the cows come home, but regardless she was trying to do it right and he was being an arrogant p*ick. Not that I think much of Robin. She works for that jerk after all.

    But it brings up the point that we not only SEE things differently, we HEAR them differently.

    I saw a bit on TV last night in which people interpreted the words on a jingle in an ad. They were so far afield it was funny. To me the phrase was totally clear. But I’ve misinterpreted stuff too,

    There is a Gordon Lightfoot song in which I heard the line, “If you get a DEATH THREAT tell it to the Eskimoes.” It seemed to make sense in the context of the song. I learned later DEATH THREAT was actually HOT TIP. I liked DEATH THREAT better. :) More dramatic. :)

  • Can’tGetEnough

    @curious cat: I remember when Robin said it and I took it that she said it correctly. Not Jared, but in the same way you thought. I cringed when Howard corrected her.

    I’m actually wondering why GB acted surprised at Moira because he obviously knows her very well and he shouldn’t be surprised about her comments. I wouldn’t follow him all over like she does, but maybe he likes to turn and see a familiar face in the fan crowd once in awhile? He might really. I don’t think that he thinks badly of her and I don’t take it that he thinks she’s ‘stalking’ him either. I thought his reaction to the kilt comment was kinda cute actually.

  • http://www.justjared.com lolita

    @curious cat: Your right when you say Moira is harmless. She has followed him around by his own admission and he didn’t act in the least like he takes her as a threat, maybe a little nutsy. He was not unkind to her in any way and yes he was suprised that she knew where the picture was taken. Her yelling out about the kilt gave him a chance to tell his story. Well she has accomplished one thing by being his fan he recognizes her when he sees her. Look at her face pure joy at the recognition.

  • http://www.justjared.com lolita

    @Can’tGetEnough: CGE, sorry I thought Cat said she was harmless, I realize she was agreeing with you. Since Gerry is familiar with her and recognizes her because he said she follows him around, if he thought she was any kind of threat he would have taken some sort of action by now. I think he likes the adolation as long as it stays harmless.

  • Moi

    @GFW:

    Orrr he could have just went to a club that many many go to for fun. It’s crazy how these pictures of him leaving The Box are being so picked apart and analyzed. I very much doubt he’s concerned about our opinions in any way.

  • http://www.justjared.com lolita

    Maybe when he asked her if she moved from Scotland to America he was making sure he had enough space between them. Who knows!! She was a little bold at the show so maybe Gerry was taking mental notes about her.

  • http://www.justjared.com lolita

    @ CGE, I need your expertise. WO has found a video about Mavericks from youtube. Maybe you can post it here and all of JJ can hear what the surfers have to say about the waves. This video will show us just what Gerry got caught in. Serious stuff, no wonder he gets emotional when thinking about it.

  • Joie de Vivre

    @lolita: Maybe I can help, Lolita, fingers crossed…….

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Fqg43ozz7A

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbJM7hXjnPI

    The first one is WHEW!!!! I get it now….I get the adrenaline rush and heart-stopping fear that are involved with surfing. XXO

  • http://www.justjared.com lolita

    @Joie de Vivre: Thank you Joie, that first video is the one I am taking about, as Gerry would say hairy. I know when I try to cut and paste and share there is someone out there is cyber space saying who the heck is lolita and why is she sending me stuff on Gerard Butler!! I ‘lll get it down pat one of these days. Thanks again.

  • Joie de Vivre

    @lolita: You’re most welcome, love! It’s not too often that I can contribute anything, but I have mastered cutting and pasting now…LOL! You’re funny. If they only knew how lucky they are to be getting stuff from Lolita on Gerard Butler!!! XXO

  • http://www.justjared.com lolita

    @Joie de Vivre: Thanks, Joie, you are a gem♥♥♥

  • Can’tGetEnough

    @lolita: You’ll figure it out Lolita! =)

    @Joie de Vivre: Thanks for steppin’ in Joie and posting the videos for Lolita! I was out to dinner celebrating my daughter’s birthday (she was supposed to be a New Years baby but I ran a week late LOL) and I saw it, but couldn’t do it from my iPhone.

    Here’s a nice video with clips from some of G’s films:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAealqhEVJw&feature=g-all-u&context=G23f437fFAAAAAAAAAAA

  • http://www.justjared.com lolita

    @Can’tGetEnough: Thanks, CGE and Happy Birthday to your Daughter on her special day♥

  • GFW

    @Moi:
    I had that scenario in one of my (cough) many postings today!
    -
    Maybe not everyone but few he does care what their opinions are.
    ~K
    who feels Gerry knows the politics of the game and plays it smarter than many other actors

  • redOctober

    @Can’tGetEnough:

    A very Happy Birthday to your dear girl ; )

  • Moi

    @GFW:

    I apologise I’m not sure what it is you mean by your first sentence.

    As to the rest: I’m sure he cares about his fans, but highly doubt he’s going to let any if them dictate where he goes and doesn’t go for entertainment. Everyone have a wonderful week.

  • Moi

    * any OF them. I’m wonder why Just Jared doesn’t have an edit button.

  • Joie de Vivre

    @lolita: @Can’tGetEnough: You’re both welcome…it’s fun to contribute for a change. Those big waves can demand reverence from anyone, I’m sure. ♥ CGE, happy birthday to your girl! Hope it’s been a lovely day for you all. Guess winter break is coming to a close soon for our college kids. Take care all and have a safe and happy Monday and choose to be kind and good. XXO

  • @niknoks

    @niknoks:
    “Won’t do much good in Scotland…. nobody hates Thatcher more than the Scottish….”
    .
    Or you, being the flaming liberal you are….after all, Thatcher only helped save the world from Communism.
    Hey, but that means nothing to someone with Communist inclinations like yourself, RIGHT?
    .
    All of you government workers living off of public funds looking to grow government and increase taxes in order for quacks to have jobs pretending to help disturbed individuals who bring despair on themselves with their own two hands while we have to pay for it.
    .
    Never met a liberal who didn’t like big government, high taxes, and lots of government programs for individuals who don’t deserve any.

  • GFW

    @Moi:
    Sorry, just assumed you’d read the thread, or most of it, before stating that?
    -
    As for what he does for entertainment? Is that the opinion you think he listens to? No. So, I agree. I did not understand.
    -
    Just feel he gets this sense of tension and anxiety to live up to some example or expectation he’s met and kind of might feel he’s an example for, but that is a big mistake. But they (his fans) might think that so he kind of tries to, but not really ready (or so he thinks). This might make no sense.
    -
    There is, at the top a different responsibility for a top actor but he’s just a man. Hard to explain. He is himself, as I am. Have a nice week!
    ~K

  • TheDoctorIsIn

    Moira looks like she’s busy consuming the global economy. Butler is clearly stalked by this person, and everyone makes light if it. If Butler was a woman, and Moira was a man, would it be judged so harmless? Perspective is everything.

    And Noel Gallagher is the essence of a cool, unaffected rock star — he is what Butler wishes he could be. And Gallagher is a family man to boot!

  • curious cat

    @Joie de Vivre:

    What a wag you are, Joie! :)

  • curious cat

    @lolita:

    I think he was just acknowledging a fellow Scot. If indeed she is. He may not remember where she is from because he has seen her all over. Who knows?

  • curious cat

    @Can’tGetEnough:

    Happy Birthday, Electric’s daughter! However old she is? This year? My daughter was born in January years ago. It became a tradition to keep the Christmas tree up until after HER birthday. This year it is just a wreath on the door, I didn’t bother with a tree, but the wreath is still there for a few more days..

  • curious cat

    @@niknoks:

    This is the kind of comment I object to on these threads. You have no name of your own, you attack an individual you don’t know and toss around generalizations. This kind of egregious comment is what THUMBS DOWN was made for.

  • http://www.justjared.com lolita

    @TheDoctorIsIn: Considering the way she follows him around it is stalking. I just don’t think she has ever threatened him with any kind of bodily harm like some stalkers do. She has been around for a while and I am sure his people have her under careful watch. Gerry has acknowledged her before by hugs on the red carpet. He knows she is out there but I don’t think she instills any fear in him or his people. Gerry is no fool and he wouldn’t give her the time of day if he thought she was a threat. I would be more afraid of the silent stalkers who don’t draw attention to themselves in his presence, someone he would not recognize.

  • curious cat

    @curious cat:

    Oh, my. Why did I get thumbs down for my comment to Joie at 173. Is it my slang? A wag is a comic, a joker. She joked about people getting requests from Lolita about GB. Y’all know Lolita is the name of his pet dog, right?

    it’s not that I give RA about thumbs. It’s just odd to get them for some innocuous, non-controversial comment, as if it’s automatic.

    Furthermore, if Moira/Frammie was any kind of threat, the world would know it by now, she’s hung in so long.

  • curious cat

    @niknoks:

    I respect your views and would like to know more, will do some research. Any reading you care to direct me to would be welcome. If this movie is any damn good, it should show Thatcher’s flaws as well as whatever talents brought her to power. Many people rise to power in a particular atmosphere.

  • @niknoks

    @curious cat:
    Blah blah blah – object all you want Who the f/ck cares?
    Facts are facts, buII is buII, and Thatcher hating is buII. She is a hero!!!

  • angelsrock

    @TheDoctorIsIn:

    Thumbs up for your first statement about Moira. That behavior seems really inappropriate especially when she became vocal.

    Thumbs down for your second statement.

  • @niknoks

    @curious cat:
    If you’re really objective, just research her on the Internet. Why would you need a far-left lib to direct you in any one direction? That’s what I object to.
    Nik hates Thatcher because she doesn’t belong to the Labour party, nothing more. That’s why she can’t see anything good the woman did, not even fighting The Evil Empire – Communist Russia. I’m sure she thinks the US is wrong in fighting militant Islam as well, and Osama Bin Laden shouldn’t have been killed. She always puts down everything good, and celebrates every stupidity and mediocrity there is. That’s the mindset of people like her.

  • curious cat

    @@niknoks:

    For starters, start using SOME moniker other than @niknoks. Take an identity FOR YOURSELF even if it’s anonymous and stand by it! IT’s too confusing with posts at this at that one. Surely you don’t think I will depend on NikNoks or you whoever you are or anyone else to form my opinions, I simply ask people why they feel as they do when something comes up that triggers my curiosity. And I research elsewhere as well. If you want to contribute, get your own moniker, and present some facts and opinions. DONE.

  • curious cat

    @curious cat:

    stop using a corruption of someone else’s moniker. This gives you zero credibilitiy here. We are happy to hear your political opinions but not under an @niknoks moniker. Got your opinon? Take a name. Post. Easy 1-2-3.

  • curious cat

    sorry, I don’t know how i answered myself.

  • Lo

    I’m glad that Gerry is okay after that surfing accident! He looks very tired in these photos. Hope he is has a break between films and promotions for Cor, to get some rest.

    xxx

  • @ALL YOU OLD BIDDYS

    He looks old and tired. His star rating is down about 15 notches since his last FIVE films were all cinematic FLOPS. Coriolanus…direct to DVD anyone??? What an old loser. A old SLOBBERING loser. Get a speech therapist instead of yoga and fitness trainers.

  • Enough already

    @Sharon:

    I find it absurd that you are making so many assumptions about a few photographs. You should find better things to do. No one said anything about poster boys for who is good and bad. They were an example. It’s a fun place to go. GB probably did not want to be photographed. I’m sure it gets old everywhere he goes.

  • Joie de Vivre

    SOCK ALERT!!!! Post #188 is NOT me, rather some pathetic troll who maybe wishes he/she were as kind and optimistic and decent as me. No worries because everyone here who reads me knows I am not this way. Besides, I was tucked safely into bed at 1:08 this a.m., right next to my HB. Careful, troll, because in the immortal words of John Lennon….”instant karma’s gonna get you, gonna knock you off your feet…” Have a lovely day JJers, and be safe and kind and good. Love and hugs!! XXO

  • angelsrock

    @Joie de Vivre:

    Hi Joie! Why do posters do that? I don’t get it. Have a great day!!

  • angelsrock

    @Joie de Vivre:

    Those videos are amazing. I can’t imagine challenging those huge waves!!!

  • http://www.justjared.com lolita

    @Joie de Vivre: Joie, some people who come here think if you are a decent person that is a fault not a virtue. Have a great day♥♥

  • Can’tGetEnough

    @Joie de Vivre: As soon as I read the first line I knew it wasn’t YOU! Not sure why some people need to do that. Why can’t they just make up their own moniker? No one knows who they are anyway!!!

    Thank you all for the birthday wishes for my daughter! It’s appreciated! =)

  • Can’tGetEnough

    Video with pics of GB from Coriolanus:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kin4Pcapqzk

  • niknoks

    @Joie de Vivre:

    Spotted that as soon as I read it, don’t worry anybody that knows you will know those posts were fake.
    -
    You know what they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. ;-p

  • Enough already

    @Enough already:

    Since I was awoken by crazy weather in the wee hours this A.M. & couldn’t go back to sleep, I responded to a post written by Sharon (that was a response to my post) yet has now disappeared off the thread. Therefore, I tried to delete mine, but 2 no avail. It wasn’t even a bad message, simply her opinion. I am now thinking that maybe it hit 2 close to home. ???

  • GerrysFascinatingWoman

    A thought has occurred to me that these shows might take an awful lot out of him. Like everything?
    -
    He’s so on, wired, nervous, stressed to be “Gerry Butler” wearing a mask that he crashes soon after. Shoots himself in the foot, by doing the opposite of what his fans (some of them) want and goes out for a good time to cheery himself up!
    ~K
    waves to my stalker reader who is totally obsessed with me –so much so she brought stuff said here into the blog last night– that it’s beginning to scare me and I feel a lot of what Gerry does… what to do?

  • GerrysFascinatingWoman

    @Enough already:
    Interesting. What did it say? Have any of mine gotten deleted? How can we delete our own posts? Is that possible?
    ~K

  • Marion

    Does Gerry have his dog Lolita with him while he’s in Scotland ….????

  • GerrysFascinatingWoman

    Hollywood appears to be like snake bite. Its venom gets in their systems. It’s hard to get it sucked out. What’s the anti-venom? Living well? Biting your tongue. Curb your wanting to flip the photographer the finger? This also could be what’s got him so coiled, so withdrawn, burdened, refusing to look at his camera. It’s a love/hate relationship with the machine. The treadmill. The money-crack. Hard to handle if in reality you’re just a mop-head boy of seven who’s eager to please so many but cannot. I feel for him.
    ~K

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