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Gerard Butler Opens Up About Rehab To 'Men's Journal'

Gerard Butler Opens Up About Rehab To 'Men's Journal'

Gerard Butler is manly as can be on the cover of Men’s Journal‘s November 2012 issue, on newsstands now.

Here’s what the 42-year-old actor had to share with the mag:

On entering rehab: “When you hear the word rehab, you think, ‘He’s a mess, he’s f–ked up.’ But I’m glad I did it. I’ve made a s–tload of wrong decisions in my life. But I know I’ve made some right ones as well.”

On why he chose rehab: “I haven’t had a drink in 15 years. I was actually taking a minimal amount [of pills] when I went in. It was more about becoming a mental warrior and not letting pain bother you. The [instructor] would say, ‘I don’t want to hear about your f–king MRIs or your f–king X-rays…Let’s learn how to say to the pain, ‘F–k you.”

On a wave almost killing him during Chasing Mavericks: “We saw it coming half a mile away. But there was nothing you could do. It just went on and on. It was absolutely terrifying. You know how people say you get a sense of peace?I didn’t experience that. It was violent.”

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330 Responses to “Gerard Butler Opens Up About Rehab To 'Men's Journal'”

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  1. 1
    Manny Says:

    Wow Alan… don’t you think you better something for next week when CM actually hits theaters???
    Four threads in 3 days… hmmmmm…

  2. 2
    Manny Says:

    Better SAVE something…

  3. 3
    mystic meg Says:

    Omg jj is a one man GB PR campaign!
    Let’s hope GBs team actually have other strategies too.
    I think Jared has a little crush!

  4. 4
    ellen Says:

    in all honesty do people really want to pay for his surfing movie? just the trailer put me to sleep. I mean it looks like something to watch if it comes for free on TV. i like gerard but just on this movie, it doesnt excite me much.

    let the thumbing down begin!

  5. 5
    mystic meg Says:

    @ellen: well I for one just thumbed you UP and it registered as nothing!
    Jared really DOES have a soft spot for Gerry, lol!

  6. 6
    retread Says:

    This is a repeat of an earlier thread. Save yourself some time and review previous. JJ probably got his hand slapped for not giving a big enough credit to Men’s Journal.

  7. 7
    retread Says:

    This PR is backfiring. Everywhere this rehab stint is mentioned, it is getting comments doubting his story, and claims that he is drunk in the clubs. Might want to stick to saying nice things about your costars, Gerry, and focus on the damm movie.

  8. 8
    Willow Says:

    @Manny: Actually it’s 4 threads in less than 24 hours. Hmmm? Again, not that I mind lol. I think they’ve driven home the rehab point now.

  9. 9
    Geez Says:


    Maybe Vanessa Hudgins didn’t leave the house today.

  10. 10
    where Says:


  11. 11
    W. Says:

    I am soooo tired of hearing about that dam* wave that almost killed him. Yes, we KNOW about that now!! And he’s talking about making a s**tload of wrong decisions in his life, well, yeah, dating a girl who is nearly 20 years younger than him must definitely be one of them. F’cking creep.

  12. 12
    sophs Says:

    “On a wave almost killing HER(??) during Chasing Mavericks”

  13. 13
    sophs Says:

    “On a wave almost killing HER(???) during Chasing Mavericks”

  14. 14
    miss Says:

    Someone on the other thread said that GB mentioned Madalina in an interview. Which interview was that?

  15. 15
    Can'tGetEnough Says:

    Here is the Men’s Journal article and interview, courtesy of GALS:

  16. 16
    Whatshedonenow Says:

    Still not sure how much he is  into her. I think he is in dire need of an image change, because it’s unbelievably appalling.  He is no worse than a lot of other actors, but he hasn’t countered his bad reputation with good acting. So all people hear about him is that he’s a crappy actor who makes crappy films, parties a lot, sleeps  around a lot with barely legal girls and is a druggie.   So, it’s time to roll out a love interest – of his choice.  One big problem, his choice doesn’t appeal to women and not because of her looks, but because of her history and unattractive demeanour.  MG just doesn’t have a female friendly image. She comes across as really fake.  Probably because she is. I think he realises that now. I think he knows he made a bad choice with her, even if he does really like her. Also his latest group of films don’t look too promising.  I think that’s why he looks down. 

  17. 17
    cupcake Says:

    Thsnkd cge fir the article. Having trouble getting through but i will keep trying.

  18. 18
    mystic meg Says:

    What happened to the trim, sexy, fit guy who starred in PFK?
    He’s been replaced by a double chinned, paunchy, jelly legged bloated , old guy who stuffs burgers and chips , bad hair dye and an age inappropriate scruffy wardrobe.

  19. 19
    IN THE KNOW..... Says:

    HE WILL GET TIRED OF HER VERY VERY FAST AND DUMP HER VERY VERY FAST :( He falls quickly….but he also falls OUT very quickly. Every time he says the same thing too – just this time, having a PUBLIC girlfriend is part of the PR machine –

    MADALINA nothing different from any other woman he has been with in recent years – TRUST THAT. It’s just his PR wants him with someone so he is making this out to be 10% more than it is. Sorry if you are reading this Madalina :(

    And he will always have ‘others’ on the side no matter who he is with. Short attention span.

  20. 20
    food 4 thought Says:

    @IN THE KNOW…..: After reading the Men’s Journal article, I agree with you. He comes across as someone who simply cannot stick with anything. He jumps from one activity to another, he seems incredibly intense and scattered. I was exhausted just reading the article. Impulsive doesn’t begin to describe it. If he is like that 24-7, I don’t know how anyone would want to be with him. I actually feel sorry for him. He seems incapable of being calm and focused. It also seemed the “girlfriend” was brought out for show, while he was being interviewed. which seemed a little contrived. A man with no impulse control and no focus – not a man who could ever stay with one person. Just my opinion.

  21. 21
    ???? Says:

    Butler has a great film script staring him right in the face. This board.

  22. 22
    Has anyone Says:

    noticed the photos on her web sites have become more modest???

  23. 23
    Manny Says:

    So are we guessing which dartboard PR move will be next?
    My guess… Lolita… On a walk… Not on a leash…

  24. 24
    LeeSeol Says:

    did not know he has been abstaining from booze.
    he seems drunk half the time.

  25. 25
    Anyone Says:

    that has ADDHD should not drink caffeine.

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