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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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  • Sharon

    @Enough already:
    Wow, I saw my post disappear but I assumed you flagged it???

  • my letter to Gerard

    got deleted as well. Funny if you don’t approve of his lifestyle or his nightclub choices or his movies, your posts disappear. JJ really is starting to be like the fansites. I might as well go to GALS or WO. It seems only the liberal – anything goes, mentality is alive and well on Butler / Jared.
    No snarking allowed!

  • Enough already

    @Sharon:

    No I didn’t flag it. Then when I saw that your post had disappeared, I thought maybe you were right and I should eat my words.

    @ GFW: No way of deleting I don’t think, but just tried to flag my own post. It looked really strange without Sharon’s post there. And also the eating my words thing.

  • Enough already

    I also want to add that now looking at the pics of him on a computer as opposed to my phone, he does look sad. Or something. I don’t think it’s from being at The box though. It definitely makes you want to give him a bear hug, cook him a meal and make him get some sleep. Back to the grind now….

  • GerrysFascinatingWoman

    From my experience, since being on-line (a lot) I’ve learned that snark offers no solutions. It’s self-gratuitous meant to please the writer. Criticism does offer solutions.
    -
    As for deletions, sometimes if you flag your own post and describe why you wish it gone they’ll comply. I’ve had it happen. Might depend on who “Jared” is on any given night or day? Especially since FB/Twitter has taken over to create the Social Media generation? But for certain this board is moderated, and read, read very closely.
    ~K

  • GerrysFascinatingWoman

    From my experience, since being on-line (a lot) since 2006 when before that not so much, I’ve learned that snark offers no solutions. It’s mean. It’s self-gratuitous meant to please the writer. Criticism is different and it offer solutions.
    -
    As for deletions? Sometimes if you flag your own post and describe why you wish it gone and they empathize or sympathize, they’ll comply. I’ve had it happen. Might depend on who “Jared” is on any given night or day? Especially since FB/Twitter has taken over to create the Social Media generation? But for certain this board is moderated, and read, read very closely.
    ~K

  • Sharon

    @Enough already:
    lol, very interesting.

  • GerrysFascinatingWoman

    Good example here, double posting? How? Could the duplicate be made to go poof? Thanks!
    ~K
    who thinks projecting onto his photos is never a good idea, just feel he went out to go out to have something to not at home in Scotland but in a hotel room he’d rather avoid being alone in? My hunch is all. It could have been any club, but it’s this one to see what the reactions would be? Who knows! He’ll be okay. He’s a very self-aware man. Licks his wounds and gets on with things!

  • Enough already

    Wow had to come back for a sec. How flipping Mommy-esque did my post sound? I’m younger than he is, but good lord what is it that brings out the mommy in women with this guy? *laughing*

  • GerrysFascinatingWoman

    Also feel that all his friends can’t be available all the time. He seemed to be there totally alone. Don’t recall Alan, and he’s normally at all professional gigs. Hope that’s still as strong as it ever was.
    -
    That might he feel alone in a crowd? Maybe he’d no one to hang with, felt in need of to be with people and simply went out. Not to drag this on and on, but even really famous handsome men can feel very alone. Those he might keep in touch with could have different kinds of jobs, hours and not available? Could be as simple as this.
    -
    OR he wants to end yet another relationship a woman might be in with him, he isn’t? Know what I mean? So show up at some club! Also, after the homo-erotic statement he could have gone out to show he’s not, interested in men?
    ~K
    who feels in the way she does he’s gotten it back together, has had a few good meals, some comfortable downtime, with himself and is fine and might need to head back but needs to get all his stuff together on his own… he might do far more independently that expected!
    @Enough already:
    Feel he does bring out the nurturing woman in us. He looks like a lost soul sometimes. Could actually be. Nothing to be ashamed of. Feel he’ll always be the child at seven no matter how old he gets, but that’s a good thing! Just feel he’s not as emotionally ‘lonely’ as some might think. He’s a (I feel) hand that never drops his… no.matter.what.
    ~K
    who does not think the double post will go poof! LOL

  • angelsrock

    @Enough already:

    Gerry brings out the “mommy” in me too. What is that all about? I find him sexy as heck, but then sometimes I have an urge to reprimand him and send him to his room and/or kiss his boo boos. Quite a paradox!!!

  • dmp

    Wherever GB is and whatever he is doing I hope he is well. Just watched more segments from the GN show and I have to say I love when GB tells his kilt story . . . it’s such a great story to begin with but the way he tells it makes it ever better. So funny!

  • GerrysFascinatingWoman

    @angelsrock:
    Oddly enough he doesn’t me (bring out the mom). He has one. A terrific one too. Maybe the shepherd in me? LOL Make sense?
    -
    He’s enough ‘help’ at his disposal I think. Whether he uses them when he feels this (apparently) low is his choice. Do we?
    -
    He does bring out the person who wants to shepherd him to a better place (in me) that he can get to if more grounded. Be a guardian angel of sorts. A partner of the heart is how we speak to it in my stories. What I try to do is lead by example. Be consistent. Loyal, have his back. Not a cheerleader but a person who shows him The Mirror.
    -
    The Mirror was a bone of contention in my first story with many readers unaware of its power. It was to show him all the good, not bad. Not force change but invite to look inside. He’s well aware of his core issues, and (cough) maybe even more so now, which is a very good thing.
    -
    An example came in just now by a reader, a male. He said, my couple was a good example of what happens when people (this couple) work together.
    ~K
    who must return to the grind

  • GerrysFascinatingWoman

    To some extent, we all live behind emotional safety walls of our own construction. The height of the wall is determined by how we perceive the threat on the other side. If you really think you’re going to be hurt, your wall will be thick, high and bulletproof. That’s only natural and wise. I would be wary of anyone who wants you to open up faster than we really feel comfortable doing.
    ~K
    who feels Gerry’s got some thick bulletproof wall around his heart again but his ears can hear and he gets doses of love words quite a lot from his friends and (right now) that’s enough!

  • Lau

    Obviously a heartthrob! Not people look good all the time?? Mmm, do not understand why people are so bad with him, never speak ill of anyone or. He looks tired because he never stops working, and as is deserved, it also goes out to enjoy, does not owe anything to anyone. I love this man for his simple and practical so to be, is a wonderful actor and it looks great, always. That’s what I think. I encourage Gerry, and please be more careful.

  • GerrysFascinatingWoman

    His heart is the most beautiful part about him. That it is housed in a handsome vessel is just sprinkles on the ice cream cone!
    ~K

  • @GFW

    @GerrysFascinatingWoman: And your endless verbal diarrhea offer solutions to nothing beyond being an example of mental health issues?

  • God Bless yoou all!

    “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” Galatians 6:9 NLT

  • Close the Barn Door
  • GerrysFascinatingWoman

    We’ve an IMDb invasion onslaught now. Time to exit through the gift shop! Cheers!
    ~K

  • angelsrock

    @GerrysFascinatingWoman:

    Are you a mom, GFW? MY motherly instinct is and always has been strong. I do get the “shepherding” thing. Was it Sophia on Leno that said “Maybe with supervision”? LOL

  • Can’tGetEnough
  • GerrysFascinatingWoman

    @angelsrock:
    No, dog parent though. Had two at once. And guess what kind? Sheep herding dogs! They taught me all I need to know, that didn’t, about love. And yes, they herded me… at dog walk time! Too funny. Had to be scene, and felt. Two dogs at your calves. Noses touching just barely. Never forget it.
    -
    ~K
    who thinks the mania of the shows have worn off and he’s just fine now… recovered, happier and when we see him again these images will be a thing of the past

  • GerrysFascinatingWoman

    Seen. That’s had to be seen. Rushing. LOL
    -
    Interesting point is they taught me about patience too, but people can try our patience even harder. And even in cyberspace! How queer is that? You’d think in cyberland we’d have more, not less. People can learn to push buttons though. Some people are just so cold, analytical, sterile. They try my patience more than the passionate ones. Cheers!
    ~K

  • Pat

    Gerry most likely doesnt want his mother or the lastest girlfriend to know he was at this club…..considering the nature of it. No MUM……be the bloke sure looks like me doesnt he?

  • GerrysFascinatingWoman

    @Pat:
    Hi Brook! ;o)
    ~K

  • GerrysFascinatingWoman

    If that were the case, since he hasn’t been seen exiting any kind of club for, what… a year, longer, then why’d he get ‘caught’?? He’s lived his life off-radar, where he clubs, well enough to know how to keep it up. No, for everything a reason.
    ~K

  • Joie de Vivre

    @angelsrock: @GerrysFascinatingWoman: Hey girls, are you getting the unexpected snow in your neighborhoods right now? It’s snowing really hard here and STICKING! Beautiful flakes…first real snowfall of our winter. Lovely! (Get your milk, bread and TP…HAHAHA!)!

    *

    To all my friends here, thanks so much for your kind responses to my early a.m. email about the troll who used my moniker. I’m glad to have you as cyberfriends. You are all wonderful humans. Thanks for being who you are! Long, exhausting day in the field, but GOOD! Lots of sales always come to the early-bird in my industry. Stay safe and happy! Love and hugs! XXO

  • Can’tGetEnough

    @Joie de Vivre: Ahhh now, of course, this sounds like the Joie we know! =) Hope your week is off to a good start! I’m still battling the Christmas decorations. Wish they would just go away on their own. LOL
    Stay warm!! Hugs!

  • Hags Central

    Most of his fans are older ladies, and some of them are complete hags, which is why I find it so interesting and pathetic when some of you hags start to criticize other hags exactly in your situation.
    .
    For instance, take Moira. Why are you people so unkind to her? In spite of her looks, which isn’t much, and despite her chasing Gerry, which leads one to believe that perhaps she thinks she has a chance with him (lol), I think Gerry truly likes her. Now, if he likes her, she has a right to be around him, because remember, any fan is there at his pleasure.
    .
    Furthermore, I have seen her private pix with Gerry (which aren’t really private) and I can honestly say that he is ALWAYS very nice and gracious to her. Actually, at Graham Norton, he was as gracious to her as he always is. Maybe a bit surprised at the level of knowledge she displayed about him, but that’s what fans and fan-clubs do. They worship their idol in many different ways. Therefore, since Gerry is courteous and polite to her, she continues coming. Of course, in her mind she thinks she is doing him some kind of great service, but of course, it doesn’t make a difference for him one way or the other. But one thing for sure, if he couldn’t stand her presence at his things, or if he felt uncomfortable or threatened by her, he would have had one of his handlers tell her to stop, or asked GALS not to send her etc…. Gerry is fully capable of standing up for himself, though you wouldn’t know it from the pictures above lol. He doesn’t look too good up there. He looks somewhat pitiful. Who knows, it could have been a bad night, or he was just plainly drained from traveling all over the place. Anyway, he doesn’t just look physically tired, he looks emotionally tired as well. I can’t wait to see him rejuvenated once more.

  • Hags Central

    Back to Moira. I find it unreal that his haggish fans are so unkind to Moira. I suppose, some people can’t look at their own shortcomings but can point out everyone else’s.
    .
    @angelsrock:
    “One of these days he’s going to get rough with Moira and break her heart. I just don’t find what she did appropriate at all. Way out of line for a fan.”
    .
    Really, he is going to get ROUGH with her? And…..why isn’t it appropriate and way out of line for a fan to come to his public engagements, which are open to the public?

    If he found her presence upsetting, he would have stopped her a long time ago, unless you think he has no control and can’t take care of his business? Or maybe you think he needs to be babied and protected at which time, his “daddy”, Alan, could step in and speak for him? Or lol maybe you think you are the one he should ask to tell Moira off? What craziness you spew woman?
    .
    You’re unkind to Moira plainly because you are soooo jealous of her, since you’re not in a position to do what she is doing. Subconsciously you think, if you can’t do what she is doing, she shouldn’t be allowed to do it. Pure jealousy!!! But I wonder, being that you’re married, what would you tell your hubby when you wanted to go chase after Gerard? “Hubby, you’re not doing it for me anymore and I need to feel some sexual excitement, which I get when I’m around Gerard, so I need to go see him”? LOL! This sounds so pathetic. I think it’s better if you don’t criticize Moira, it just doesn’t sound right coming from a fan on the same level as her.
    .
    What’s more, if you were single and had some discretionary funds, you could do the same thing, even accompany her or arrange for the two of you to meet up once there, and go see Gerry together. I think he would treat you both very kindly and graciously just as he is doing Moira and others, as long as you’re not threatening or irritating to him.

  • Bought w/ca$h

    @Hags Central:
    The woman has bought her chapter in his bio, as somone said, but she is no friend of Gerry’s. A face in the crowd, nothing more. She claims everyone is jealous of her. Yawn, and a lie. If she only knew what he really thinks of her, and all overly obsessed fans! You’re a hag too.

  • Hags Central

    @Bought w/ca$h:

    GFW is that you?

    You also badmouthed her and are so jealous of her because you have no money, as you pissed it all away and don’t know how to make any. Well. how could you know how to make any money when all you do is hang out on JJ and write stupid comments all day? You’re pathetic, jealous, and the queen hag on JJ.

  • http://www.justjared.com lolita

    Betty White will be 90 years young on the 16th of January. She will be with Gerry on the 12th of January on Leno. What a match! She is so feisty. I bet she can even make him blush. That will probably be an interview that will be the talk of the town. Betty said she has a crush on Robert Redford but I think Gerry will win her heart. It will be interesting to see. Heaven knows what the two of them will do or say. Can’t wait to see it.

  • Enough already

    @Bought w/ca$h:

    Who is Moira? Is it like a “Misery” type possibility? “I’m your biggest fan”. lol So long as she isn’t dangerous, I don’t see the big deal. Well I think I’m out of here. I didn’t really care for The Box being ragged on like it was by people who have never been there, but moving on now….Best wishes…

  • Hags Central

    @Bought w/ca$h:

    I don’t follow her or read her stuff, but I have seen some of her pictures with Gerry that she took over the years from different venues, and it’s obvious, he likes her and all of his fans, as long as they are respectful to him, and that would include a nut job such as you. As long as he doesn’t see you for the nut you are, he wouldn’t mind seeing your “lovely” face in the crowd as well. Except, you don’t have any cash to show up where he is at, and that’s a good thing actually.
    .
    Now, if she says people are jealous of her, then she is right because it’s soooo obvious. You’re all jealous of her because she is in a position to do things you guys can’t do for lack of funds and other strings holding you back. But why would you deny her if she can afford it? It’s pure jealousy. You all would have wanted to be in her position and get close to your idol. You’re disingenuousness is so transparent.
    .
    What’s the big deal? If she likes to follow Gerry and he doesn’t mind, why would you? You’re jealous that’s why. Gerry realizes that she is one of his serious fans and he wants her to be happy, even if it means he will see her around in many of his events. And why should it bother him if she follows him around? She is harmless, as well as, she is sort of doing it for the “sake” of GALS, which is a serious fan club of his. Not that I’m a fan of GALS or any of his other fan clubs, since these places are all populated by older-than-old hags discussing a bunch of buIIshIt, but they do provide a lot of information about him. After all, everything you have on JJ is ripped off from WO (and sometimes GALS) without even giving these “hard-working” ladies any credit for their devotion to their idol/love-interest. LOL! It’s so funny that hags are criticizing other hags for doing or wanting to do the same exact think. Hypocrites.

  • angelsrock

    @Joie de Vivre:

    Loved the light snow fall we had here. It did produce a light dusting. No worries: I had plenty of milk, bread, and TP! LOL

  • dmp

    Yikes . . . full moon in action.

  • angelsrock

    @Hags Central:

    Wow! Settle down, HC! I don’t find anything wrong with Moira following Gerry all around the globe. Would I want to do that? NO!! That is not my idea of a fun weekend. Sorry to have to prove your theory wrong. What I found embarrassing and rude was yelling out from her seat in the audience. How do you think that made Gerry feel? I find that behavior inappropriate. Do you think that’s acceptable? I have heard from others that Moira is a nice lady, but I feel she crossed the line when interfering with the interview.

  • Joie de Vivre

    @angelsrock: Hey neighbor! Yes, it is lovely….we got an inch. We just got back from taking the yellow lab for a walk through the neighborhood. She loves to “snow-plow” through the snow, even at her age….so adorable. Enjoy and stay safe!

    @lolita: Yes, Betty and Butler will have chaotic comic chemistry, to be sure. Looking forward to it. Have a lovely evening, our angel! ♥

    @dmp: Ahem! Yes! It’s a Wolf Moon and liable to bring out all the unhinged members of society.

    Have a wonderful evening/morning all you JJers and stay safe and good. Positive thoughts, prayers and hugs to all. XXO

  • Joie de Vivre

    @Can’tGetEnough: I know, right?!? We got all of ours down and put away Saturday, but it took all day. Love it when it goes up and love it when it comes down! LOL! You’re a sweetheart, CGE, in many ways. Enjoy your evening, paisana! XXO

  • Hags Central

    @angelsrock:
    “I feel she crossed the line when interfering with the interview.”
    .
    You know, I don’t think he really took this interview that seriously; no one did. It was just people having fun, and Moira just added to the lunacy of the host and the rest of his guests. If anything, Moira being there only proved to Graham that Gerry indeed has his own conventions lol. It gave him a chance to crack more jokes about it, and it indeed was funny.
    .
    “What I found embarrassing and rude was yelling out from her seat in the audience. “
    .
    Did you ever watch Leno or some other talk show? The audience always shouts out stuff, except the artists don’t know these people so they don’t speak to them directly. In this case, Gerry knew her so he acknowledged her presence there in his usual gracious way. That made her happy. It wasn’t a big deal that she was there. A little bit of generosity towards the lady could go a long way, especially since some of you would have LOVED to be in her shoes at least vis-à-vis Gerry.
    .
    “How do you think that made Gerry feel? ”
    .
    I think he is OK with it. Trust me, if he weren’t he would have put an end to it a long time ago. You’re overly protective of him and I think he doesn’t need it. He can take care of himself.

  • dargabriel

    Enjoy coming back home to cali Mr. Butler, be positive, you will be smiling. Make jan 12 a very special day, it is and always has been for me. Many wishes on the way for you. Karma is balancing for you, although many ppl don’t understand your blueprint in this life or your method to your madness, god does, you are truely on a mission to God and having a true heart is the man you really are, being able to treat everyone as an equal, aside from certain ones that tick you off, all is well. Beautiful cali weather awaits you. From my views its pretty gorgeous looking down from the mountain tops, beautiful crystal blue skies, not a peep of snowfall. Wonderful solitude is great for soul healing. So much jealousy and madness only invites negative karma, I’m wishing all of you a life of peace and harmony, no battles or scars. Well back to healing family,friends,aquaintances, and enamies. Take good care of the heart. Love,dargabriel. Happy bday mr. Butler. I know much.

  • Bought w/ca$h

    @Hags Central:
    So it is okay being upstaged by an obsessive fan in the audience? I do not think so.

  • Hags Central

    @Bought w/ca$h:

    You are so overreacting. Do you hate poor Moira all that much? Jealousy could be a dangerous thing you know.
    .
    That said, I don’t think he was upstages by Moira at all. How can anyone upstage him, especially someone like Moira? Besides, saying two sentences in the beginning of the interview and then shutting up for the rest of the hour is not upstaging, or attempting to upstage him. And speaking about an obsessive fan, why don’t you look in the mirror.
    .
    Now, if she had opened her trap the whole time and taking over the interview, that would have been a totally different thing. Don’t assign too much power to her. She is just a fan that like so many others, is obsessed with him. However, instead of following him on her computer she does it in person by going to all of his public events, which are opened to the public and therefore she is allowed to attend. So she is not really stalking him, just going to his events, which in her mind is supporting her idol. She has the time and money to do it. If some of you were in the same position, I think Gerry would have had a lot more like her lol.
    .
    Anyway, if Gerry truly had an issue with her he would have changes his tone towards her. She keeps coming around because he never objects to her following him to his events. Furthermore, he knows she is a moderator on GALS and he humors them. These women are his fans, they go see his movies and buy his products, and they support his work so he is polite to them. However, the moment one of them crosses then line, including Moira, she is finished.

  • http://gerard-butler-surfing-accident-was-a-close-callcomment-page-10 CHOLITA

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Sra.DARGABRIEL Best wishes for your special day, in company with REAL BIG FAMILY AND FRIENDS THIS IS FOR YOU ……..http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMf04ubvEhY………………le envio mi saludo ahora adelantado porque no se si tendre tiempo despues……besos y abrazos y le envio un gran fuego artificial de energia para su cumpleaños……risas….risas,no se preocupe que yo leo todos sus mensajes amiga………adios…..

  • dargabriel

    @CHOLITA: omygosh, thank u so very much Cholita, you know so much about me, I love you. Peace and light. Love,dargabriel aka Archeia hope.

  • curious cat

    All this arguing. Happy New Year, folks.

  • redOctober
  • dargabriel

    @CHOLITA:Cholita I tried looking for the youtube message, but sadly enough I couldn’t find it, can u forward it to me again. Love and light, dargabriel

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