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Gerard Butler Developing 'Olympus Has Fallen'

Gerard Butler Developing 'Olympus Has Fallen'

Gerard Butler is working both in front of and behind the camera for his next project.

The 42-year-old Scottish actor is set to star in the action film Olympus Has Fallen, a project he’ll also co-produce.

The movie centers “on an ex Secret Service agent who must foil a terrorist attack on the president’s residence,” according to THR.

Gerard most recently starred in Coriolanus and Machine Gun Preacher.

He’s also replacing Eric Bana in the diamond-heist thriller Brilliant.

ARE YOU EXCITED for Gerard Butler’s new role in Olympus Has Fallen?

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  • http://www.justjared.com lolita

    @Rebecca: I agree. POTO was beautiful. When Gerry cried, I cried, not many movies move me that way. Ghost ant Steel Manolia’s has me blubbering like a baby.
    I cannot picture Clooney as soldier, like Gerry was in Gamer or Coriolanus. He doesn’t have that rugged manliness Gerry has. We also saw the tender side to him in Dear Frankie.

  • Manny

    @Kim:
    .
    You need to stroll over to boxofficemojo.com and educate yourself. Butler’s career has more financial mishaps than hits. Only three of his projects have broken the $100M mark (HTTYD, 300, James Bond TND) out of 22 films listed. Of 19 left only 6 made between $50-$100M ($50M is usually a good benchmark of breaking even for production costs and marketing). That leaves 13 that lost money. That translates to more than half of his box office credited movies bombed and some of those included Oscar winner costars.
    .
    PTF if done sexy like TUT might, I’m not convinced, make money but could wallow at box office because of a glut of romcom nausea. OMAM I would be shocked if it made back it’s money. Soul Surfer only made $43M and that even had a shark attack to spice it up.
    .
    Auditioning would be a choice for him if he wants better acting roles. Stattham has made a good living kicking ass but no one is foolish enough to say the guy can act. It will be interesting to see what Butler will pick… money or acting in the future.
    .
    @no rewrites please:
    .
    From your lips to the screenwriting gods ears. They really screwed the pooch with their rewrites on LAC.

  • Manny

    @Occam’s Razor:
    .
    You forgot marketing budgets in your calculations. They sometimes can match or exceed production budgets.
    .
    @Rebecca:
    .
    Pitt an Clooney get the cream of the crop because 1) box office track record, 2) studios demand them, and 3) they make the movies themselves. Pitt’s Plan B is a very success production house.
    .
    BTW Butler’s reviews for Coriolanus across the board were fantastic. MGP reviews were all over the place, form great to he was what was wrong with the movie. Sheeeeeesh…
    .
    You are speaking from emotion not facts.

  • Manny

    @lolita:
    .
    Did you see Clooney in Three Kings? He played a soldier and did a great job and had the opportunity to play more of an emotional range than Gamer afforded Butler.
    .
    I couldn’t picture Butler in Oh Brother Where Art Thou. Clooney was funny and that movie still makes me laugh. So see the both have sung for their supper in movies too.
    .
    Funny thing is I only brought up Clooney as a person who has mastered the HW business landscape. Like I said before, comparing their talent and resumes is like comparing apples to oranges…

  • Karen

    @lolita: I absolutely loved the movie POTO. I had not previously seen the stage version, so I had no comparison, and the movie was my benchmark.
    This past week I saw the 25th anniversary performance from the Royal Albert Hall on PBS, and was I disappointed. Sorry, purists, I just could not like it. The film sets were so gorgeous they were almost stars in themselves. That was missing from the stage performance … and of course, when you compare anyone to Gerry’s phantom, it’s a fail except in the technical voice department, but the heart and soul are missing for me. I even prefer Emmie and Patrick. Gerry, Emmie and PW willl always be the characters in my mind.

  • Manny

    @Karen:
    .
    I loved the movie more than the play too.
    .
    ITAWY that the sets were beyond fantastic. It was the sharing of emotions in close ups that evoked emotion in the movie that made it so much better than the play IMO. Having just finished reading the book by Gaston Theroux this week, the phantom in the book had a voice that made angels weep. Butler’s phantom was definitely what Andrew Lloyd Webber envisioned not Theroux. BTW it was fun to read the book again after all these years.

  • http://www.justjared.com lolita

    @Manny: No Manny, I did not see Three Kings. I know we are not really comparing the two men. I could not picture Gerry doing some of the movies Clooney made and the same goes for Clooney about Gerry’s movies. They both have different styles but to me their personnalities are similar, Clooney is a goof when he wants to be. I agree when you said that Clooney knows the HW machine better. He has been in it a lot longer than Gerry. In my heart I know Gerry can do a good performance when given the right format to show it. My big Scottish brute just needs to keep that powerful personality in check sometimes. Her does need to align himself with better movie distributors and it looks like he is moving in that direction. He learned a lessons how a movie like TBH can kill a career. JA only wanted to showcase herself and you see by her flops since TBH that she does not have what it takes to be a great actress. Manny have a great day, I am off to spend some of my tax return. Have to stimulant the economy.

  • Manny

    @lolita:
    .
    ITAWY. Have a great day darling.

  • http://www.justjared.com lolita

    @Manny: Karen, saw the play, loved it. Watched the old phantom movies but none compared to Gerry. I was sitting and crying saying I’ll live in the catacombs with you. I know what a nut. Gotta go have agood day.

  • M

    @GerrysGreenEyedWoman: He met a woman (who is very vague in description allowing any woman to be her) on his way to a wake in Scotland (remember his friend from the band died) at a Starbucks cyber cafe. He stopped in Dublin for to buy his mother a linen tea towel and “fuel up” with coffee. He’d rented a car choosing to drive himself. CDs by his GEG (sent with her letters).
    -
    Since when can you drive from Dublin, Ireland to Scotland? Was the 007 aqua car available for rent?

  • Rebecca

    @Manny

    Sheeeesh – I was only stating my opinion. There’s no need to be a biatch about it! As far as MGP goes – most of the bad reviews had to do with the script and also the subject matter. Sheeeesh……

  • M

    @bystander:

    Have you read any of her “erotica”? She writes the same way she comments here only inserts the names of body parts and positions. Watching two houseflies mate is more erotic.

  • colormeskeptical

    If Gerry is partying with Jesse James and Owen Wilson, shudder. Did they compare the overlap on their conquest lists?

  • colormeskeptical

    @lolita: True enough Clooney could have never pulled off Beowulf or Leonidas.

  • bystander

    @M: no I haven’t, I just thought the article would be of interest to her.

  • traveller

    @M: You take the car ferry from Belfast over to Scotland, it’s about a three hour ride. Maybe Dublin has a car ferry too now.

  • Manny

    @Rebecca:
    .
    Wasn’t being anything but sharing my opinion and some facts. You seem to be a little touchy… Or should I reiterate… Emotional???

  • Rebecca

    @Manny

    When you share your opinion and your facts, you could be nice about it. I wasn’t being emotional. But sometimes, not every time, you come off on this site like the board bully. Just like the ones over on IMDB. Just saying…..

  • aaa

    @Manny:

    Manny, I don’t disagree with you about Clooney and his career at all (I’d rather watch The American than Transformers any day, heck I know I’d even take Men Who Stare at Goats over Butler’s POTO-go ahead everyone thumb me down). But I do disagree with your take on the profitability of Butler’s career. You are looking at US Box office only, which is the one piece of the puzzle. If you look at worldwide grosses, he’s had 10 films over $100m. Clooney’s had 12, Pitt kills them both with over 25. PS I Love You may not have been a hit here, but $150m take on that budget, even with marketing costs I’m sure it was a “hit” for the studio. It’s not that US Box office doesn’t count per se anymore, but it’s becoming a smaller part of the overall business equation.

  • Manny

    @Rebecca:
    .
    Seriously???
    .
    Did I call you a name? Did I say you were stupid? No I didn’t. All I said is your post was lacking somewhat in fact and sounded like an emotional not factual take. You really need to buck up little camper… You won’t last too long here if you don’t. :)

  • Manny

    @aaa:
    .
    You are right. I only looked at the American box office. My bad. I admit I was lazy and didn’t dig further. Cheers!

  • http://www.justjared.com lolita

    Wow shopping today was a waste of time. Have you seen some of the prints they have on clothes, must be the circus clown effect, even Helen Keller could see those prints coming.
    @ colorme, Gerry sure can pull off the viking look, wearing that mesh metal and animal skins, oh yeah!!! Not a good look for Clooney. Liked Pitt in Troy, must have been the body and the outfit.
    Gerry, Pitt and Clooney are good in their own roles but out of the three Gerry is still the manliest to me.

  • wtf?

    ….just saying hello….

    manny and lolita ….saw Descendents last night….balled like a baby….thought george was very good in that film….

    waiting for mgp and cor…..if it ever comes here……..

    i also wanted to say…hands down gerry is the manliest of men for me….even in a mask and frilly shirt….ha ha..ha (loved poto)

    i liked what someone said here… i think gerry and i are going to keep our relationship very superficial….i don’t think i want to know all the inner workings of his private life….i don’t want too judge anyone too harshly…gracious me i don’t want anyone digging into my privacy either….there would be more than a little shock and awe….yikes

    i am looking forward to gerry the action star movie guy cause that’s what me and the boys enjoy the most from him….i know i am in the minority here but Thunders Run will put 4 cheeks in the seats….

    have a super sunday y’all

  • God Bless yoou all!

    sa 53:4-5
    New International Version
    Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed

  • http://www.justjared.com lolita

    @wtf?: WTF, Hello, I agree he is at his best when he is strutting the manliness. Glad you and the boys are well. I will go to see the Decendents, both you and Manny have given it thumbs up, sounds good. What your saying is bring lots of tissues and don’t wear a lot of eye make-up so I won’t come out of the show looking like Alice Cooper. Got Ya!!

  • GerrysGreenEyedWoman

    @Hehham:
    Yeah, Leo’s pick (in scripts) tanked this year along with Clint’s pick in actors. J. Edgar got totally snubbed. Why? You name it because very little was right with that film and I adore Clint.
    ~K

  • GerrysGreenEyedWoman

    PS, And (J. Edgar) tanked at the box office. See, it happens… even to the best (not that Leo is but Clint sure is).

  • Tonto

    Hi all my JJ friends. RL has had me in it’s grips lately. I agree with you, Lolita and wtf, POTO sold me on Mr. Butler. I remember after the credits were rolling and listening to all the sniffling going on around me. I had to swipe at a tear or two also. My husband had taken me to see it for our anniversary 2005 and I had to have the sound track for that movie after I had seen it. Then I saw Dear Frankie and my fate was sealed. I know many fans have come and gone since then, but I keep hoping for that amazing emotional roller coaster that he took me on since then. He has had his moments in some of his films so I know he has the goods. He needs a better picker for scripts. His personal life is not particularly admirable, but I keep hope the amazing actor will come back to us soon. Have a great week ahead JJers.

  • http://www.justjared.com lolita

    @Tonto: You have a wonderful week too, good to hear from you and I agree with your post. I have no doubt he will bounce back and show us what he really is made of.

  • GerrysGreenEyedWoman

    @traveller:
    “You take the car ferry from Belfast over to Scotland, it’s about a three hour ride. Maybe Dublin has a car ferry too now.”
    -
    Thank you.
    -
    But what’s important is once he got there, handed over the lovely fine linen tea-towel, got hugs and kisses, had a meal, sleep, shower and breakfast, attended the wake, chatted up with friends he was antsy and out of focus wanting with urgent need to return to Dublin because she had let him stay the night in the tumbler pull-out after they had dinner at a restaurant near the cliffs that had a fountain with air bubbles where the water hit, well, the water.
    -
    That eventing they talked over dinner about everything but what he did and what she did.
    -
    Remember in the morning when she wakes him he took hold of her hand gently telling her to linger because he was up already. ;o)
    ~K

  • The Noise In The Walls

    Tonto..I agree…He’s alot got talent..but with the bad scripts and stories..You really can’t see it especially after The Bounty Hunter…Don’t get me wrong..I do love a good rom com…but please..Not sure of late, whether it be the writers etc..but Hollywood is only churning up comic heros and remakes?..

    Machine Gun Preacher was good..I thought Gerry did an excellent job with that..and also…Coriolanus…It just didn’t scope a wider audience..Maybe it’s true..people only want shoot’em up, bang it up movies with alot of CGI..no plot development..no story..no in depth characters….Smart phones…stupid people…I’m like you Tonto..keep hoping he’ll hit something again…

  • http://gerard-butler-developing-olympus-has-fallen/comment-page-8 CHOLITA

    buenas tardes les dejo una cancion muy alegre para bailar del grupo EARTH,WIND and FIRE….llamada BOOGIE-WONDERLAND…….Dance, boo-gie won-der-land.
    Dance, boo-gie won-der-land.

    Mid-night creeps so slow-ly in-to hearts of men
    Who need more than they get.

    Day-light deals a bad man to a wom-an
    Who had laid too man-y bets.

    The mir-ror stares you in the face and says,
    “Ba-by, uh, uh, it don’t work.”

    You say your prayers though you don’t care.
    You dance and you shake the hurt.

    Dance, boo-gie won-der-land.
    Dance, boo-gie won-der-land.

    Sounds fly through the night,
    I change my vi-nyl dreams
    To boo-gie won-der-land.

    I find ro-mance
    When I start to dance
    In boo-gie won-der-land.

    I find ro-mance
    When I start to dance
    In boo-gie won-der-land.

    All the love in the world can’t be gone.
    All the need to be loved can’t be wrong.

    All the rec-ords are play-ing,
    And my heart keep say-in’,
    Boo-gie won-der-land, won-der-land.

    Dance, boo-gie won-der-land.
    Dance, boo-gie won-der-land.

    I find ro-mance
    When I start to dance
    In boo-gie won-der-land.

    I find ro-mance
    When I start to dance
    In boo-gie won-der-land.

    Dance, boo-gie won-der-land.
    Dance, boo-gie won-der-land.

    All the love in the world can’t be gone.
    All the need to be loved can’t be wrong.

    All the rec-ords are play-ing,
    And my heart keep say-ing,
    Boo–oo-gie won-der-land, won-der-land.

    Dance, boo-gie won-der-land.
    Dance, boo-gie won-der-land.

    I find ro-mance
    When I start to dance
    In boo-gie won-der-land.

    I find ro-mance
    When I start to dance
    In boo-gie won-der-land.

    Dance, boo-gie won-der-land.
    Dance, boo-gie won-der-land
    WOW….WOW…voy a bailar mucho con esta cancion a mover las caderas……Sr.Butler a bailar……Dargabriel a mover el esqueleto como dicen en mi pais ………ja.ja.ja…..un movimiento sexy a la derecha y otro a la izquierda..y menea ,menea menea las caderas…. yeah..yeah….cool……buen dia a todos adios……

  • jenny

    so sad you beetches arew so stupid

  • Kim

    @Manny:
    “You need to stroll over to boxofficemojo.com and educate yourself. Butler’s career has more financial mishaps than hits.”
    .
    I am very educated on Butler, probably more than you. It’s a shame you always like to tear him and his career to shreds, not to mention sticking it to his fans. Get Real.

  • Crazy Wench

    @M:
    “Have you read any of her “erotica”? She writes the same way she comments here only inserts the names of body parts and positions. Watching two houseflies mate is more erotic.”
    .
    That’s exactly what i was thinking when i read her erotica. Pity, I didn’t find it erotic at all.

  • GerrysGreenEyedWoman

    The only way it could be found to be not erotic is if you are incomplete. As in your human parts are missing. You’re a device, wheels, gears. Have a nice night. And, ah, I doubt you read any of that first story. None. Have fun here! Byeeee
    ~K

  • still in TX

    There were several of sightings of Gerry at brunch in Austin today.

  • still in TX

    He was seen at a restaurant called “Trace”. The brunch menu looks incredible.

  • http://gerard-butler-developing-olympus-has-fallen/comment-page-8 CHOLITA

    finalmente despues de sudar mucho bailando con boogie- wonderland cierro con broche de oro con los BEE GEES…y….YOU SHOULD BE DANCING………..amorcito esto es para ti……My baby moves at midnight
    Goes right on till the dawn
    My woman takes me higher
    My woman keeps me warm

    What you doin’ on your back aah
    What you doin’on your back aah?
    You should be dancing, yeah
    Dancing, yeah

    She’s juicy and she’s trouble
    She gets it to me good
    My woman gives me power
    Goes right down to my blood

    What you doin’ on your back aah
    What you doin’on your back aah?
    You should be dancing, yeah
    Dancing, yeah

    My baby moves at midnight
    Goes right on till the dawn
    My woman takes me higher
    My woman keeps me warm

    What you doin’ on your back aah
    What you doin’on your back aah?
    You should be dancing, yeah
    Dancing, yeah
    You should be dancing, yeah
    You should be dancing, yeah
    You should be dancing, yeah
    You should be dancing, yeah
    You should be dancing, yeah………….

  • sunsettanner
  • angelsrock

    Just finished watching Timeline. It had been awhile. Movie is pretty suckey, but hawt dammm, Gerry plays the romantic hero quite well, thank you very much. That’s some kiss he plants on Lady Claire!!

  • Tonto

    Agree, The Noise In The Walls. He has the potential if he’s linked with a good director and script. He did well under Ray Finne’s direction despite being a short part. TBH with Anistan is like a death knell for anyone’s career. She’d be better suited to stick with ensemble pieces where she isn’t expected to carry the whole movie. It’s a tough racket to be in these days. There’s little choice with original scripts and the economy is affecting the film business like everything else. We can just hope his nibs wakes up and realizes he’s pizzing away his career if he continues to make films that aren’t bringing in the green, let alone critical acclaim.

  • GerrysGreenEyedWoman

    @Tonto:
    “he’s pizzing away his career if he continues to make films that aren’t bringing in the green, let alone critical acclaim.”
    -
    Both did both bought in critical acclaim. Is he to blame for distribution? No. He’s an actor paid to show up, read lines, and give his best. He did. Both in Machine Gun Preacher and Coriolanus. I will assume you’ve see them both, no? I’m proud to say I have and he is excellent in both.
    ~K

  • Joie de Vivre

    @lolita: Hi Lolita! Hope you are well. The Descendants is on DVD now, I believe, available for rent as I also rented it last night and it IS a great story. One of those that deserves the acclaim it has received. Excellent acting, especially the young lady who plays his teenage daughter. She definitely has a future in acting. Take care!

    *

    @Tonto: Hi Tonto! Nice to see you here. Hope things are better for you. I agree with what you’re saying about Butler. Most of his fans just want to see him get that one golden script and then play the role and leave the rest alone. He can act and he can probably produce better than he has, but he is not a writer, in my opinion. He should leave that part to the professionals. Take care of yourself!

  • Can’tGetEnough

    Good Evening JJer’s! Hope you all had a fun St. Patty’s Day yesterday! GB is on the move again:

    Dani Dudek ATXgossip ‏ @fancypantsATX
    Seen at ABIA on way out of town: Gerard Butler, Damien Fahey, Cisco Adler and a chick from Love Actually – the one Colin Firth falls for.
    .
    Where will he show up next? Shreveport??

  • Can’tGetEnough

    And just a few tweets from Austin, TX:

    Mai Huynh ‏ @maisquared
    Spotted at edward sharpe/mumford show: gerard butler, olvia wilde, jason trawick
    .
    Caitlin McWeeney ‏ @cameracait
    Apparently Tony Bourdain and Gerard Butler were at La Condesa/Jo’s Coffee a couple hours before I was?! Ahh no!!
    .
    Amanda Mckeehan ‏ @amanda_nicole77
    Gerard butler is at same brunch as us . And he is looking sexy!!
    .
    Daniel Ramirez
    6 hours ago near Austin, TX via Facebook for iPhone
    Gerard Butler just walked past me. No big.
    He’s still here at trace. Chilling. Like me and audrina.

  • Can’tGetEnough

    More from Austin:

    Hexsas (Andrew) ‏ @Hexsas
    I just saw Gerard Butler!
    Hexsas (Andrew) ‏ @Hexsas
    @dargray On 2nd by Taverna. Tall, fit, beard and long curly hair, like a lumberjack.
    .
    Joel Destruction ‏ @JoelDestruction
    Just saw Gerard Butler while eating @Cru with @ZeeBis @KenoMarco @Hexsas @urrekah Woowoo!! Sexxxy! thanks @ZeeBis for spotting him!

  • A-town/Anastasia Beaverhausen

    So I saw Gerard Butler, he changed a flat tire for me, things progressed from there and we are now headed down the aisle. I kid, I kid. For those who don’t get that, it’s from GFW’s story on the last thread. Sorry girls, never saw him. I did however see a young teenager play guitar like Stevie Ray Vaughn, which completely blew my mind. So what was with all the George Clooney talk and UK bashing?? The UK rocks! And so does the USA. We are allies people! :-D

  • A-town/Anastasia Beaverhausen

    Dammit Anthony Bourdain was here?! I love No Reservations! :(

  • justsayin

    I personaly am a fan… I believe he is in fact a pretty great guy as per so so very many accounts of people meeting him & not just die hard fans, also he’s yes very attractive but also he is a good actor & you can’t really dispute that…. I personaly liked p.s. I love you & The Bounty Hunter etc… he does most genres pretty well…… thing is I watch movies to be entertained I don’t put a whole lot of expectation on movies because everybody is different & have varying opinions of a film…many times people will say don’t see such & such film it sucked I do anyway & may love it … these actors are here to entertain people it’s not rocket science…people expect far too much. As far as his sex life… none of my business why when & who… he’s a man & he’s acting like one. I think most often his life is speculation and that’s it…he himself has said about 3 percent of what is written or said about him is truth…not mych…. also someone said geeze how old is he partying like that he’s too old…honestly who says… he is a very social verybeuropian man and he knows how to have fun without alcohol and drugs too.He had also trouble with pain killers he knew that and did what he thought best to head off a very bad problem before it escalated out of control,good for him. I’m sure this man realizes he’s not perfect so perhaps some of you should stop expecting him to be, he’s not Jesus nor claims to be. Maybe you shouldn’t crucify him daily. Remember for a moment you or your loved ones are….oh your not? I realize this is a gossip site…who did what, etc…but geeze it’s a little much.You go as far as crucifying eachother & you’re mean…. be nice people…not enough kindness out there as it is.

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