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Gerard Butler Says He Lives His Life Like a Viking

Gerard Butler Says He Lives His Life Like a Viking

Gerard Butler steps out of his hotel in the East Village neighborhood and hops into a cab on Tuesday (June 17) in New York City.

The 44-year-old actor recently chatted with the Herald Sun about how he relates to the animated character he plays in How to Train Your Dragon 2, in theaters now.

“I see a lot of me in Stoick the Vast. He’s a large character and I am a big gregarious fellow myself sometimes, so there’s that big crazy Viking with him which is that big crazy Scotsman in me,” he said.

“I often feel that one of the reasons I play those characters is because deep down I have an understanding, mythically, of what it is to try and be noble, to be courageous, to try and live like a Knights Templar or a Viking,” Gerry added. “And that part of me, which is not the part that interviewers get to see, but which is a big part of my life, I also can bring to that character.”

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  • Prancing Pony

    Gee JJ, clutching at straws for a story angle….

  • Can’tGetEnough
  • Sexythang

    Yet another brunette! Oh. Oh wait, that’s just a girl walking by.

    He has some high self esteem for sure. lol…..

  • ONE MORE TIME

    GERARD BUTLER IS SCOTTISH. HE COMES FROM SCOTLAND. HE IS NOT ENGLISH. HE DOES NOT COME FROM ENGLAND. SCOTLAND IS A COUNTRY, ENGLAND IS A COUNTRY, BOTH BELONG TO THE UNITED KINGDOM [not for long].
    If England and Germany played football together, he would not want England to win.
    NO ONE IN SCOTLAND WOULD WANT ENGLAND TO WIN !!!!!!!! EVER!!
    IS THAT CLEAR???????????????

  • Asshole alert
  • Sexythang

    @ONE MORE TIME:

    We all know he’s from Scotland. Why are you yelling?

    Asshole Alert: Grow up.

  • Sexythang

    Yeah just because you say so. HumorlessTwat. Get over yourself.

  • Pamela

    Looks like it’s turned into Bannockburn all over again. Soccer brings sure does bring out the best in Europeans…lol

  • Pamela

    Excuse the double “Brings”… I get too excited at posting.

    *goes to the corner and sits in self loathing

  • Dumb

    JJ or his camp is really reaching now. Stupidest GB thread evah. If he really said this, it’s time for him to find another way to talk about the movie. Of all his silly comments, this is one of the silliest.

  • ONE MORE TIME

    Why am I screaming? U seem to have missed the point entirely.
    Bull sh*t
    GFW: “Really hope Gerry did not fly to Brazil for the World Cup”
    Why not? He should go to support England team, he is Englkish after all.
    Aunty Sam
    Embla: “In Brazil??”

    Why not? he’ll be there to watch his country play tomorrow like a good Englishman.

    actually
    Aunty Sam:
    his “country” never made it to the world cup. but he may watch the english play.

    That’s why

  • Sexythang

    @Dumb:

    He said this in an interview with Craig and it was purely joking. He obviously lives life like an actor, jetting around and having it easy.

    Vikings were conquerors. He reminds me of a lot of things but not a conqueror and young girls at the bar don’t count.

  • Teresa54

    My day is always brighter when I see Gerry:)

  • Prancing Pony

    @ONE MORE TIME: “If England and Germany played football together, he would not want England to win.”
    Very true.

    @Sexythang:
    “…and young girls at the bar don’t count.
    ;-)

  • Can’tGetEnough

    Slightly creeped out by the huge @GerardButler picture above my bed in this Edin hotel! Loving the Scotland themed room though. https://twitter.com/EilishMccolgan

  • Can’tGetEnough

    Wait I saw Gerard Butler at Chelsea piers today https://twitter.com/Megmaxson

  • Ducky

    Hi Prancer. Having a bit of a problem with the beast so couldn’t find the video I was looking for. It was gerry and craig HTTYD 2 video. Only saw it once and cannot find it now. Gerry was talking about being a bartender and leaping over the bar to put out a fire of two English fellows that carried little English flags into the pub to watch a football game. Somebody used their lighter to set them on fire. It was a perfect example.
    —–
    Anyway whilst searching, came on this one. Was only able to see it once so just copied the link and hope it is the right one. Gerry talking about Amy and her crying over kangaroo tails that were roasted in Australia and crying over HTTYD 2. Never heard him talking about her before or in such tender terms. Plus he sings in this video….if I got it right. If I did, hopefully one of you gals will say so and you can view it.
    Wish fromoz would chime in about the tails unless you know Prancer.
    Anyway gals, here’s the video…I hope.
    —-

    http://globalgrind.com/2014/06/12/gerard-butler-craig-ferguson-how-to-train-your-dragon-2-interview-video/

  • Ducky

    @Can’tGetEnough: Ahh caught you CGE. Maybe you know of the video I was speaking of. You probably posted it. lol
    Hope you can view the the video I did post. BTW, thanks for everything you to do.

  • Anastasia Beaverhausen

    Well the Norse Seafarers have a bad reputation mainly due to the fact that they could not read or write, so most of what has been written about the “Vikings” was written by monks and/or people of the Christian Church. (Not that Christians are bad in any way). It had to do with the their paganism, and the quickness of their attacks and how they took everything they could grab on to their boats/ships…..then took off as quickly as they could.

    “Vikings” were also fun, loved sports and entertainment, so I get what he is saying.

    In reality, the “Vikings” were no worse than most in that era/time.

  • Anastasia Beaverhausen

    Okay I hope his sister gives him a kick in the rear. She loves animals Gerard B jeez. I have a dog and a cat, both are fantastic. If I lived on a farm/ranch I would have all sorts of animals….but someone to watch over them so I could go to the city at times. :-)

    I haven’t seen either “how to train your dragon” movies, I will watch both when I can. I love Craig Ferguson! He seems really fun.

  • Prancing Pony

    @Ducky: Oh yeah – I saw that clip and thought it was both naughty of GB and funny. It must be mandatory for Amy to have a good sense of humour/humor :) to be around GB as much as she is. She probably needs the patience of a saint too! TBH, kangaroo tail doesn’t sound very appealing to me…I’ve eaten kangaroo once before but it was more like a filet mignon of kangaroo.

    I’m not surprised about the flag incident…I’m sure it was in the name of friendly sporting rivalry. ;-)

    Nice to see you here, Ducky. :) Have you been watching the Football W.C.?

  • Anastasia Beaverhausen

    Whoops I meant his assistant, not sister.

  • Anastasia Beaverhausen

    OMG Kit Harington. ❤️ Sorry watching that video as I can.

  • Anastasia Beaverhausen

    Final decision, I adore them all. I usually don’t watch the clips/links, but glad I did this time around. I especially love Djimon Hounsou, he’s amazing.

  • Kim

    That has got to be one of the most arrogant things I have ever heard Gerard say. Disappointed.

  • Sonia

    @Ducky: Hi, sorry, hope you don’t mind me butting in…the interview you’re talking about is when Gerard was on Late Night with Seth Myers last week, the clip about the World Cup. In case you’re still looking for it. :)

  • Ducky

    Glad you could view it. I thought it was funny with gerry but not the interviewer. I often wonder about Amy and gerry. She must know him so well and has spent time with his family as well. Quite the responsibility she has but what a wonderful experience travelling the world in good company. Being an animal lover, I am in her corner.lol
    I remember one night you and ozzie were talking about kangaroo and burgers. So much of your lingo I wasn’t getting but it was a stitch to read.
    —-
    Hi AnaB No worries we knew who you meant. Sure there are many here that live on farms or ranches. House animals are fun, barn animals are quite a different matter. More of a way of life than fun but I don’t think that there is anything better than caring for animals. Best leave it at that lol. Good to read you here AnaB. Interesting to read about the Scot/Viking history. Rich, full and deadly.

  • Ducky

    @Sonia: Oh Boy. No you aren’t butting in, are you kidding me. I have searched for that and with my problematic computer, it is soooo welcome. Thank you! Dare not try it today but certainly will look on the morrow.
    Did you ever have a time when you think there is cloud hanging over you? Anything that can fray, leak, grind or groan is mine today. LOL.
    Good thing I know that a cup of coffee, cream and duck tape fixes everythingggg.

  • http://gerardjbutler.freeforums.net/ Embla

    @Anastasia Beaverhausen:
    “and the quickness of their attacks and how they took everything they could grab on to their boats/ship…..then took off as quickly as they could.”
    Another little tidbit:
    In our language Vik means Bay. Guess that`s why there are a few places in, for instance, Scotland named Wick, a twist of our word “Vik” .So Viking translated to English becomes Bay-ing, (traveling from bay to bay).

  • re:29

    welp that settles it then
    embla is a nasty scottish lass

  • http://gerardjbutler.freeforums.net/ Embla
  • JS

    @Can’tGetEnough: “Slightly creeped out by the huge @GerardButler picture above my bed in this Edin hotel!”

    What a lovely thing to see first thing in the morning and last thing at night.

  • Sonia

    @Ducky: Phew, I didn’t wanna look for the clip, cut and paste the link, then be told to shove off and mind my own business, that’s why I was careful in butting in! :) Hope you feel better soon. I find that a good scream for 10 seconds – or more! – helps to make things better sometimes. :)

  • Loving-it-and-more

    Some fine words coming from GB. Nice to hear how he relates and find his way to inner self. He is a cheeky bastard and always have been. Don’t forget Amy is employed and paid for her work. He chitchats away and probably finds it all too funny and yet knows his foot in the mouth too if told so.

    Didn’t someone post that one pic with the waiter in front of the hotel on last thread?

    Correction for the post on the Vikings who were actually a very brutal and fierce people. Strong and willfull in knowing their strenghts. Family kept them together and even that part could kill them to get power.

    Have a nice day :-)

  • http://gerardjbutler.freeforums.net/ Embla
  • Herbie

    @Embla:
    Great to hear Gerry talking about getting married again. I wish he was more liberal with his choices though. Narrowing it down to one country is a little unrealistic if you ask me.

  • really?

    When he’s in LA, it’s the American women that he loves…. when he’s in Brasil it’s the Brazillian women, when he’s in Croatia or Russia it’s the Slavic women, when he’s in the Caribbean it’s the Island women and now when he’s in Oz it’s the Aussies.

    I wish he’d just say he loves all women as long as they are brown eyed, exotic, model thin, tall, barely- legal brunettes.

    That would be closer to an honest answer. Gerry will say what ever the interviewer wants to hear to promote a movie.

    A little used car salesman if you ask me.

  • Herbie

    @really?:
    I’ve never hear him say that he wants to marry a Brazilian woman though, or any other woman from a particular country.
    But I agree with you in the sense that he tends to fall for the women of whatever country he is shooting in.
    He catches the love bug easily.
    Too easily sometimes.
    He’ll be the happiest with an American imo. He lives here for a start and we all know how well the long distance relationship with the Romanian went.

  • Lies, Lies and More Lies.

    @really?: “barely- legal brunettes.”

    LIES!

  • if you ask me

    @really? = @Herbie = @GFW – “if you ask me.” HA HA HA HA HA!!!!

  • Loving soul

    @Herbie: IMO he will never be able to settle with anyone and never an American woman. The culture difference would make too loud a clash. He will have to find a woman who is not a fan, who will see through all his BS and know when he is being funny when no one else does and being able to be herself in every situation possible. Does a woman like that exist I wonder.

  • Non existent entity

    @Loving soul:
    “Does a woman like that exist I wonder” If she did she would already be married and have kids being that smart.

  • Herbie

    @Loving soul:
    Never say never.
    Many said that Clooney would never marry and now he’s engaged! Love does strange things to a person.
    He’s dated a lot of American women so I don’t know what you’re talking about by saying he would never settle down with one.
    You forget that he works here most of the year and has homes here. The odds are that he’ll settle with a woman who he can see on a regular basis.
    Long distance doesn’t always work out, especially for a man who has beautiful women throwing themselves at him all the time.
    She needs to by his side.

  • Loving soul

    @Herbie: Clooney is engaged yes and so he could be for very long until he breaks it off for a new flavour of the month.
    You assume he will need a woman from US because he lives there in between all the other places in the world or else he will be unfaithful! If the love is real no one should or could come between them. Either you are in or out!
    BTW – Dating and marrying is not the same thing.

  • Herbie

    @Loving soul:
    You seem very, very cynical about love.
    Not everyone is like you. And I bet Gerry still believes in finding a great wife : )
    Like it or not, Gerry, even if he marries, will always have beautiful women throwing themselves at him.
    Do you really think that a woman he cares about, but only sees for six months of the year, is going to keep the relationship healthy?
    A lot of Hollywood divorces happen because couples never spend any time together and fall out of love.
    In the year or so he was with MG, how much physical time did they actually spend together? Maybe a three to four months. That’s not enough to create a stable relationship.

  • http://rememberingthedesireisprivate.blogspot.com/ GFW

    This part for poster # 34. Something you said caught my attention. Where does he refer to this? “Nice to hear how he relates and find his way to inner self. ” Was this in an interview and could you please point me to it? If not you, anyone?
    -
    I take a keen interest in journey’s inward, especially now, and especially with Gerry. I get a sense he’s not enough strength left in him for any arguing, and that he’s, once again, road repairing, which will always be on-going like with all of us because ignoring things was takes too much of an emotional toll. <– pun intended ;o)
    -
    That said, his saying this seemed to sum up his love life so far, "a life full of romantic tragedy and broken hearts". I think this is the, what, triple, Scorpio in him as a hopeless romantic, idealist, perfectionist, and when he loves, he loves deeply and full-on, until he doesn't which ends as fast as it started if you ask me. But this will change because it's up to him to correct his trajectory, and no one else, as he sharpens his tools in his amazon world. It's a jungle out there pun intended. :o)
    -
    I get a sense his Viking references are mostly career-related.

  • Can’tGetEnough
  • http://gerard-butler-tried-to-hide-histears-while-watching-dragon-2/comment_page7 CHOLITA ♒

    buenos dias!!—je..je…ayer gano chile a españa….seguro que mi gerard estaria un poco molesto…pero no te preocupes mi amor…quizas tengas razon en tus apuestas de quien ganara el mundial de futbol….suerte…un beso desde peru con mucho amor…

  • http://gerard-butler-tried-to-hide-histears-while-watching-dragon-2/comment_page7 CHOLITA ♒

    ay !! casi me olvidaba…de enviarte…un poema de amor…tu sabes que me encanta seducirte asi….a mi estilo…risitas!!…y me paro en una silla porque soy pequeña y te miro a los ojos dulcemente y te digo esto..”Yo soy tuya, tuya,tuya
    inmensamente tuya,
    a lo largo de tu breve aliento eterno,
    susurrando mi vida en nuestros besos
    perteneciéndote en mil miradas,
    soñándote en tus despertares,
    soy tuya: mi meta lleva tu nombre…..”…….agarrame fuertemente mi amado rey escoces que me desmayo!!!………….suspiros..suspiros!!…..

  • Pamela

    Ya’ll know nothing about Vikings.

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