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Gerard Butler Serves as Grand Marshal at Daytona 500!

Gerard Butler Serves as Grand Marshal at Daytona 500!

Gerard Butler stands awaiting the signal at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 held at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday (February 21) in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The 46-year-old actor was the Grand Marshal of the big race, and got to speak the famous line “Drivers, start your engines.”

“We’re honored to have Gerard Butler serve as Grand Marshal for the DAYTONA 500,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said in a statement before the race. “Gerard is a talented actor and we look forward to hearing his starting command to kick off the first DAYTONA 500 held in the new motorsports stadium.”

Denny Hamlin won the race by a hair in a photo finish!

Also in attendance at the event were model Charlotte McKinney, wrestler John Cena, and more.

10+ pictures inside of Gerard Butler at Daytona 500…

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  • JoleneW

    What? No comments yet?

  • Nicole

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-3457324/The-Latest-HOF-driver-Elliott-introduced-Chases-dad.html

    12:15 p.m.

    Actor Gerard Butler is keeping his command to start engines before the Daytona 500 under wraps.

    “My command? That’s a surprise,” he said. “I have something up my sleeve, though, that I think you might like — or not. We’ll see what happens when I get out there. I like living in the moment.”

    One reporter impressed Butler with a tweaked version of the actor’s famous “This is Sparta” line from the 2006 hit movie “300.” The reporter asked Butler if he considered opening with “This is Daytona!”

    “Now, I’m going to say, ‘No, no, don’t be silly,’” Butler said. “And then I’m going to go to the organizers and say, (can I use) ‘This is Daytona?’”

  • Nicole
  • Nicole
  • Nicole
  • Gina

    Does he have a movie coming up or what? I always see random articles about him doing random things.

  • haremgirl

    I have another comment! I just wanna say…Hey, Mr. Butler, I so enjoyed getting to watch you do your duties as The Grand Marshall today! And the way you congratulated the winner was wonderful, too! I really hope you enjoyed yourself today as much as we all enjoyed you! P.S.-You know, I was secretly hoping you would say “This Is Daytona!!”–and you did!! Thank you!! (Big Smile!) P.S.S.- And that beautiful picture of you in front of your Grand Marshall Car…Strike A Pose, as they say! And, boy-howdy, did you ever!! Thank you, again!! (Even Bigger Smile!)

  • Sonia

    Loved seeing all the photos and videos from his day at the Daytona race. My favourite is the one of him and the car that he posted on Twitter. So sexy just casually lounging around, lol.

    Anyway, came across this LHF interview with Butler and Angela Bassett…
    http://www.accesshollywood.com/videos/gerard-butler-angela-bassett-on-london-has-fallen-training-injuries/

  • Maggie P.U.

    Yeah! He can lounge around my car anytime….Well, SUV!

  • 💕👰💫german-girl💃fresh-blood💫👰💕

    “My favourite is the one of him and the car that he posted on Twitter.”
    💕 💞 💓 💗 💖

    https://twitter.com/GerardButler/status/701481396951511040

    💕 💞 💓 💗 💖

  • Sonia

    Car? SUV? Nah, I can think of many better places I’d like to see him lounge around sexily like that for me, lol.

  • Maggie P.U.

    My thoughts as well…but I thought I’d be nice.:)

  • Maggie P.U.

    In all honesty…though there were some great pics..this is my utmost fav of all

    http://smages.com/images/cbxpn...

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  • Nicole

    Start your engines! Charlotte McKinney flashes cleavage in white romper as Gerard Butler is Grand Marshal at Daytona 500
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3457976/Start-engines-Charlotte-McKinney-flashes-cleavage-white-romper-Gerard-Butler-Grand-Marshall-Daytona-500.html

  • Nicole

    Gerry and Freddy Bosche :)
    http://smages.com/images/cbxjvbiwwa.jpg

  • Sonia

    Sorry, the link doesn’t seem to work. Post again?
    There are many good photos of the man (as always!), some great fun ones with fans too. I love the main photo JJ used and this other one too:
    http://www.justjared.com/photo-gallery/3585365/gerard-butler-daytona-500-10/

  • Sonia

    Set is done waiting… This Thursday 7pm, Egypt will be his. #GodsOfEgypt tickets: http://lions.gt/GOEtix
    https://twitter.com/GodsofEgypt/status/701475332889690112

    And we are done waiting for Butler…he’s back, finally! :)

  • cleo

    He’s heading to LA today. I am curious to see if his family will attend the premiere tomorrow evening.

  • adina

    Why wouldn’t they? Especially at the LHF premiere.

  • Sonia
  • Sonia

    Just want to share this though I know it doesn’t apply to any of you…GOE opens here in Aus on Thursday. However, even though it was filmed in Sydney and Alex Proyas is Australian, it’s showing in very few cinemas here, which doesn’t usually happen for ‘mainstream’ movies. Not even showing at the cinema attached to Fox Studios, where a lot of it was filmed! It’s rather shocking, to me anyway. I’m guessing it was intentional, to not have it as a ‘major’ release but I’m quite baffled by this. I don’t think I’ll get to see it, honestly.

  • Sprite

    Goe looks more show than a Rom-Com, when they bring out the ruggedly handsome buffed up Scotsman and his big guns, the Egyptian God of Darkness. Granted it does look technical, the artist has his freedom of expression.

  • adina

    Notice the minimal campaigning for the movie They don’t want to invest much in promoting it. No Q&A sessions for obvious reasons. It is a guaranteed flop and the producers know it. I expect the premiere to be low key tomorrow.

  • AJ

    A big thanks to everyone who covered the Daytona 500 for us with special mention to Julia and of course a big shout out to Nicole!! :)) Great jobs ladies! Grateful to you and appreciate all your hard work!

  • AJ

    Oh see, they showed a little more humor in this one. I like it! Well done! Thanks for sharing Sonia! :)

  • sassafrass

    Who knew you were Russian.

  • AJ

    My favorite photos are the ones with the kids. He just lights up around them!

  • Maggie P.U.

    I am sorry, but go pick a fight with someone else. Have a good day.

  • Maggie P.U.

    Try this. If can’t this time then go down to Nicoles pics (15 hours) and it will be the 5th one. It is 2 first then 3…and the last one is it.
    http://smages.com/images/cbxpncsxia.jpg

  • 💕👰💫german-girl💃fresh-blood💫👰💕

    Because each premiere is something special AND they are not 20 anymore to wait for a oscar-worth-movie:)

  • 💕👰💫german-girl💃fresh-blood💫👰💕
  • Time to ask…

    I liked how he held her hand at the end. He seems to be grateful while she gives him support. It’s sweet
    :-)

  • Julia
  • Julia

    GB are you on a flight to JFK from Daytona right now? I think I’m 2 rows behind youhttps://mobile.twitter.com/GERMinfested/status/701848879973724162?p=v

  • Julia

    Gerard Butler “The Grand”
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BCEthMenDPJ/

  • TeaCakes

    If he is, he should lose the trucker’s cap. It would make him look ten years younger. :)

  • 💕👰💫german-girl💃fresh-blood💫👰💕

    …spend them all for charity……or ex-GF`s:)

  • TeaCakes

    No surprise. Really.

  • TeaCakes

    Freddy is his rebound love. Hey, it could happen! LOL

  • Julia

    GOE…92% want to see it. Not too shabby. We won’t be sitting alone with our popcorn. lol
    http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/gods_of_egypt/

  • TeaCakes

    The diversity issue and the overblown CGI together may have cost them the film. JMO.

  • Julia

    “Relax, it’s FEDEX” lol
    I thought yesterday was genius. Almost every commercial spot belonged to LHF. It must have been mentioned in every introduction and article written. He covered the usual promo tour in one afternoon and seemed to be having a great time doing it. Pure genius…imo
    Heart is heavy for GoE. A bit nervous about the theater response and where is news about the premiere? Location NY or LA? Doesn’t seem like he can do both.

  • AJ

    Hey TC, welcome back! :) You can’t win them all. If GOE fails, it’s not GB’s fault. IMO. At least LHF will do well….that’s my guess anyway.

  • Maggie P.U.

    Link says doesn’t existed. Tried the whole thing (with the you before the https and without)

  • Julia

    Try one more time

  • TeaCakes

    The people in charge have probably decided to not spend one cent more on anything for it. So they’re toning down everything press-related to head off possible bad news of the opening. JMO.

  • TeaCakes

    Thanks AJ :) It’s good to take a few days off from here sometimes LOL. I agree…LHF will have a respectable opening like OHF did.

  • glenn

    No way. He won’t be at the GOE premiere tomorrow if true. It means he doesn’t want to be associated with the movie since it’s a flop. Could be he is recording Michael and Kelly in NY for the March 1st airing.

  • Sonia

    I just can’t believe that after taking the huge tax benefits from shooting in Aus, they’re not even releasing it properly here. Very disappointing.