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Gerard Butler: 'Despierta America' Appearance!

Gerard Butler: 'Despierta America' Appearance!

Gerard Butler suits up as he makes an appearance on Despierta America at Univision Studios on Tuesday morning (November 27) in Miami, Fla.

The 43-year-old actor, who was interviewed by host Karla Martinez, promoted his new film Playing For Keeps and talked about how he wished he was Latin.

“I wish I was Latin because everyone is from a different country, but there such a great camaraderie between everybody,” Gerard expressed. “All the women (Latinas) are unbelievably beautiful, and the guys are so fun. It’s a really nice atmosphere.”

Also pictured: Gerard arriving at LAX Airport after his flight from Miami later that evening in Los Angeles.

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  • Kelsey

    Can not believe I’m the first to post. From what I saw it was so funny when that (guy – I hope that was not a woman) came out, asking him to marry her. His face was priceless.

  • Alina

    MG! Gerry, my dear! Where are you going to fly in shorts? LOL!

  • Alina


  • So Swedish

    Pic nr 1: he must be in heaven.

    He really knows what to say to please the listeners atm. Like when boybands or some male singer does interviews in different countries and says: Yeah the French/German/Dutch (depending on which country he’s being interviewed in) are the prettiest and I sure wanna live here!

    Yeah huh.

  • AliceEmma

    Love my job, since I’ve been bringing in $5600… I sit at home, music playing while I work in front of my new iMac that I got now that I’m making it online(Click on menu Home)

  • Sunshine Daydream

    Mr. Butler, you are such a cunning chap. Always tactful when the ladies are interviewing you. Right, it’s all quite amusing.

  • belinda
  • Untamable Shrew

    God this guy is so smooth and handsome.I can see how women fall for him even if he is a man child.

  • :)

    I suspect Gerard Butler sits around his agent’s office saying, “This project isn’t shïtty enough. Give me a an EVEN WORSE movie to star in!”

  • missjude

    lol. his movies are probably a huge inside joke

  • same speech different day

    When you tell people what you think they want to hear, then nothing that comes out of your mouth is perceived as sincere. He has said the exact same thing in every country he’s ever been in, about every ethnicity.

  • repost from other thread

    From Devil’s Advocate –
    “Commenting on a fan site is a first, but there is something strangely gripping about Gerard Butler’s whole persona – it is sad, a little distasteful and enveloping. People are saying pretty mean things and, while I can understand why they are saying it (and probably wouldn’t risk being alone with him and his charms myself), I think it’s a little harsh and doesn’t really take into account a lot of serious issues.

    His lothario reputation clearly seems to precede him – and, true, he has little interest in bucking that label. Yet, as time goes on, he has revealed more and more about how he became this man – who is a little tragic in his loneliness and internal pain. In one interview, he names three girls from his pre-fame youth who rejected him. He obviously knew how devastating it would be to call them out by name, and that they would be hounded by paparazzi. After all these years and all of the countless women he has wooed and likely bedded, he still needed to punish these women for wounding his ego and rejecting them (yes, I believe thats why he did it, whether consciously or not). In some ways, I believe he needs to keep jumping from woman to woman to prove to himself, those women and everyone else that he is a man so desirable that he can toy with and drop even the world’s most beautiful women. He parties too hard and leaps from increasingly dangerous activities with little regard for his own mortality (check out the Men’s Health recent article) and can’t seem to ground himself. It doesn’t excuse him acting like an ass towards himself and others, but that man is totally lost spiritually and emotionally and is spiraling out of control.
    In a Bonnie Hunt interview (and another article I read that I can’t recall) he mentioned that his father had abandoned him for years, came back into his life at 16, only to die of cancer at 22 after a relatively brief reconciliation. He admitted that he cried and experienced terrible pain after his father returned – and soon after his father died, his wild partying behavior spiraled out of control (obviously related to this emotionally devastating situation with his dad) and led to him getting fired from his law job right before qualifying to be a lawyer. He not only had to face the fact that his father had abandoned him (which would’ve devastated his feelings of self worth) – and, you don’t need to be a genius to see just why he decided to be a part of Chasing Mavericks with both his and Jay Moriarity’s characters dealing with father issues (and was so reckless he almost died filming it) – but he also was dealing with feelings that he let his family down. He said his family was looking to him to be the first lawyer in the family, a prospect which was a source of incredible pride to his mother. Since he was fired from that firm, he clearly pursued fame relentlessly to prove that he could do even better. In many respects, to turn those professional and romantic disappointments into spectacular success is unbelievably admirable – and makes him someone for whom I have extraordinary respect, even if the stories that make him out to be a cad are true.

    Watching him with this in mind is terribly saddening because it doesn’t seem that all of the success has filled whatever hole in his soul that drove him to this success initially. He just seems to be spinning directionless toward danger and excitement and empty relationships with pretty, famous women — but the man clearly is chasing shadows and now at 43 doesn’t seem to have much substance in his life to anchor him to anything (except, I hope, his mother).

    The guy fascinates me because unless you really read what he’s said and piece it together, he’s some rich, famous playboy living a dream life. However, I believe the truth is that man is spending his life chasing more and more harbingers of professional and romantic “success” to overcome deeply ingrained and crushing feelings of inadequacy. A beautiful, sad figure – tragic unto himself and any woman who genuinely believes she will find a satisfying life partner in him. After all he’s suffered and what he was able to achieve to overcome it, I truly wish he finds true happiness and acceptance in himself and a soul mate who will be capable of loving him (and whom he will be capable of loving).
    I definitely don’t know him, and maybe I’m doing a little projection of my own issues onto him and romanticizing him without sufficient justification, so I might be wrong, but I just thought maybe someone should defend him and make a case on his behalf that is more than just about his looks.”

  • @repost

    I copied it here because I thought it was very well written and didn’t want it to disappear. I think you are very on track with your observations. I will add that lots of the negative posts on these threads reflect the disappointment many long-term fans have with GB’s life choices and work. Many here have followed him for a while, because at first they found him refreshingly down-to-earth and approachable. But that enthusiasm has turned, in many cases, to frustration and disgust. Are fans too invested in this man, for good and bad? Yes. But I think much of the “hate” is really just disappointment and frustration that he does not seem to get it. But of course, that is his path, and no one can make him do what they think would be the right thing. He has to figure things out for himself, and maybe he just won’t.

  • Runt

    And who will save this “sad” “tragic” figure?? His poor “soul” is languishing right now…somewhere in L.A. most likely…probably on it’s way to Starbucks actually …awful really isn’t it?? ;) …*sigh*

  • Trying to figure it out

    He’s back on TMZ; they had him on last night – twice. Once as a joke using his phantom face.

  • Strings of Lights

    @repost from other thread:
    I think you have hit the nail on the head. Don’t forget that his mom told him his father was dead for years before he showed back up in his life.
    In the mean time Gerry just found big success 7 yrs ago and I think he is enjoying it and the money it has brought. So I say let him have fun for now. He will settle down when he is ready.
    But usually when someone is constantly seeking the approval of the opposite sex they usually are insecure about something about themselves.

  • Strings of Lights

    @Trying to figure it out:

    Did they play the butlered song?

  • Saveyourpity

    @@repost: This was well-written and heartfelt, but as one who was also abandoned by my father, I have to take exception to his choices. Yes, abandonment causes all kinds of issues, lack of self-esteem being the most dominant, but as adults we all have to face the reality of our childhoods and do whatever it takes to overcome it. There are millions in the world who’ve had worse obstacles to overcome than abandonment by a parent. Far worse. He has exceptional good fortune and resources, and yet imo is very self-indulgent and narcissistic in how he handles his “issues.” Most likely for the very reason that he CAN indulge himself with whatever diversion he chooses, instead of dealing with it head on, which is what most have to do, and what most do with the grind of everyday life to deal with as well. I wouldn’t feel too sorry for him if I were you. There are millions out there who are more deserving of pity.

  • Whaaaat?

    @Strings of Lights: Is that true? His mother told him that his father was dead??!!

  • Realist


    So because he has money and fame means he should be happy? Most people are their own worst enemy, no matter how successful they are. Most “successful” people are that way because they are fighting with the insecurity of their childhoods. It’s what drives them. Let’s not forget all the celebrities who died of drug overdoses or suffer from debilitating mental illnesses. Living life under a microscope would send me to the funny farm. And GB has this unhealthy obsession to be liked and wanted. That is clearly unhealthy and maladjusted.

  • Strings of Lights


    That is what G said in an interview.

  • Strings of Lights


    Very true but, I have lots of pity and prayers to go around.

  • Trying to figure it out

    @Strings of Lights
    No, not last night. They just asked him a question about who he would have on his voice mail if he changed it – he said “His Mum”. The TMZ girls weren’t impressed, said it indicated a Mamma’s Boy! I’m not sure what day the clip was filmed; it was at night and I doubt if he would have been back in LA from Miami for it to have been last night.

  • Whaaaat?

    @Strings of Lights: wow, um… IF that is true…that might have something to do with his behavior towards women if you think about it.

  • Sunshine Daydream

    Mr. Butler is one of many, many people in the world abandoned by a parent. Just because he is famous does not mean he deserves any more pity than anyone else. And he was allowed those 6 years to spend with his dad. How many never get that chance? As far as being discarded by girlfriends, his alleged behaviour with women shows he learned nothing and has no empathy. Sorry, tender subject for me.

  • Strings of Lights

    I think he understands that his mom was just trying to protect him. After all she had to raise 3 kids by herself and his dad had no part of it and no contact for years. Her choice otherwise would have been to try and explain to a young child over and over why his father didn’t want to have anything to do with them. Then at 16 his father decides to walk back in his life. From what it sounded like in the interview G had an understanding of what took place.

  • Totally Useless Information

    That is not true. Margaret never told GB his father was dead. He asked if she thought he’d ever see his dad again and she said she didn’t think so since his dad pretty much didn’t show his face for years. But she never made up lies about is father being dead. You must have misunderstood.

  • Realist

    @Sunshine Daydream:

    No one should excuse his behavoir. But be grateful he had 6 yrs?!!! Oh yeah that takes the sting out! From what I read and saw in interviews, his dad told him out of the blue. Oh yeah by the way I’m going to die shortly. I have met countless men like him and having an absentee parent is not the only issue that has brought them to where they are in life. There are so many things left unsaid by GB and his clan that effected him. You can bet the farm on that.

  • Whaaaat?

    @Strings of Lights: no excuse for lying though, I’m sorry to disagree because I know what you mean about all the good she has done & he surely loves & respects his mother BUT that is one enormous lie told BY a woman close to his heart. Bound to have had a huge impact if not consciously then subconsciously. IMO.



  • Sunshine Daydream

    @Totally Useless Information: Thank you for setting that straight!

  • The Special One

    Ok. So I don’t know about the stupid racist “white latino” comments that i’m going to ignore. Eva Longoria is by no means “white latino” and she made it in Hollywood. You ignorant vARRUECHE. In the other hand classy latin people do not watch “Telemundo”. Those shows “Despierta América” and “Al Rojo vivo” are so trashy. I mean, really. And he is so desperate that he is totally flirting with that woman Maria Celeste Arrarás. He looks so needy. I feel pitty because after all I think Gerry is a good guy who is too immature. My father left me when I was young and i’m not a ridiculous person. And i’m way younger than Gerry. Way younger.

  • Strings of Lights

    @Sunshine Daydream:

    I understand where you are coming from.I to have had a struggling life, but my faith has kept me happy. I have learned that I have a choice. I can choose to dwell on the woes in my life or I can choose to dwell on the blessings.
    None of us know what truly makes G the way he is and why he lives his life like he does. We have all tried to summarize him here and there are never any easy answers. But I think some have been right about what makes him tick. I think the big contention here is the way he treats women. We may never know. Everyone has demons that we all have to deal with.

  • Sunshine Daydream

    @Realist: Yes, he should be grateful for the 6 years, IMO. He didn’t run the other way, but rather embraced the opportunity to spend that time with him. Probably getting what he could from his dad while he was offering. What you have written can be appplied to every other person on the planet, IMO. But different perceptions makes the spice of life, right, Realist?!

  • Another Opinion

    He has said in interviews that he didn’t know whether his father was dead or alive because his family didn’t have news from his father for years. No one lied to him about his father being dead. He has had his issues growing up, but he is not an exception. Many people have traumatic events in their childhood and live without a parent, so this no excuse for the choices he has made. He is definitely not a kid anymore and is accountable for his actions. If he believes that he is on a destructive path because of unresolved emotional issues, it’s his responsibility as an adult to seek professional help.

  • Saveyourpity

    @Sunshine Daydream: I never got that chance, either. IMO, just judging by my own reaction to abandonment, I think he’s leaving people before they leave him. I’ve always felt everyone will leave, and it’s always in the back of your mind.

  • Sunshine Daydream

    @Strings of Lights: you are right – everyone has demons that we all have to deal with. The ones who will defeat the majority of their demons are the ones who actually DEAL with them, as you put it. IMO, Mr. Butler does not appear to take the healthy steps to deal with those issues. But we will never know. All we have to go by are repeated behaviours in so many circumstances which indicate otherwise. Just my perception.

  • Whaaaat?

    @Another Opinion: Thanks for clearing that up.

  • Strings of Lights

    @Totally Useless Information:

    I truly heard that interview a few years ago like on JL or in a mag. Maybe he just says things. I remember it because it had an impact on me. Maybe he said something else in a different interview. Sorry we heard different.

  • Interviews
  • Strings of Lights

    Thanks for posting that interview. Another time he did say that they thought his dad was dead. Maybe he should have put it that they assumed he was dead.
    Interesting how he said he went after negative attention. He still does that today.

  • Sunshine Daydream

    @Saveyourpity: Yes, it is always there. Learning to trust people is the most difficult part of abandonment to conquer, IMO. Many never do. I am lucky that my dad pushed me into analysis and surrounded me with good people after my mum left when I was 6. I have never heard from her since and that was over 20 years ago. The distrust creeps in now and then, but overall I am a very content 28 yo because I have dealt with it. Best of luck to you.

  • whatshedonenow

    @strings of lights

    @ repost from another thread

    I totally disagree. I have no sympathy for him in regards to his absent dad. From what I hear he had a loving,  supportive mother and step father.  Maybe too loving and supportive, because he’s now showing his true colours, that of a self indulged, egotistical, selfish, immature,  misogynistic brat. As I’ve said before, many have lost their parent/parents at an early age and they’re aren’t as whiney and spoilt as him.

  • whatshedonenow

    From what I have read his father wasn’t that great an influence on him anyway.  Correct me if I am wrong but wasn’t he the one who may have been a strong influence on Butler’s less than salubrious view of women.

  • Untamable Shrew

    Maybe we’re no better than him.The only reason we keep having pity on him-his great looks and charm.If he was average or ugly,nobody would give a damn.I know some will say “oh we care about him”.Bullsquat.It’s all lust for him.I don’t think what happen to him when he was younger bothers him at all.Are you kidding me?Money fame parties.He’s having the time of his life.He’s just knows what line to use to hook us.Keep us guessing-will he change.No he won’t change.He almost died and that didn’t even mend his ways.

  • Untamable Shrew

    It’s funny how spitting and popping on here when he’s dating Mag or his grumpy looks.Jumping from here to there.As soon as he smiles for the camera a few times, doesn’t see Mag for a long time….all is forgiven.He is just too good at playing people.Handsome devil he is.

  • belinda
  • Realist


    Many women/parents tend to overcompensate for the sins of the other parent, whether they are in the home or not. It’s not intentional. In GB’s case his siblings actually knew their father so he was already odd man out. He is the third child, also the youngest so as far as family dynamics are supposed to go, his mother’s grip wasn’t as tight so it isn’t going to be expected that he’s the most responsible one.

  • Rosa

    @belinda: my my my. What a piece of work he is. Did you watch the vids? Did you see the one he picked to marry. She met his type in every way. He’s like a middle-school boy let loose in the girl’s locker room every single day

  • @belinda

    I don’t think he meant MG.