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Gerard Butler Cancels Press Trip to Saudi Arabia Following Journalist's Disappearance

Gerard Butler Cancels Press Trip to Saudi Arabia Following Journalist's Disappearance

Gerard Butler has canceled his upcoming Hunter Killer press trip to Saudi Arabia.

The 48-year-old actor made the announcement during a news conference on Monday afternoon (October 15) at the Pentagon in Washington D.C.

Gerard was scheduled to travel to the country and intended to meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, but changed his plans in light of journalist Jamal Khashoggi‘s disappearance.

Jamal, self-exiled Saudi journalist who had been living in the U.S., was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Turkey on October 2nd.

“It didn’t feel like a good time to be getting involved in that. It would have felt incredibly insensitive to go to Saudi Arabia,” Gerard said during the press conference.

Watch Gerard‘s entire announcement below…

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  • Sonia

    ๐†๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐๐ฎ๐ญ๐ฅ๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐จ๐๐š๐ฒ ๐š๐ญ ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐š๐ ๐จ๐ง
    ๐†๐ซ๐จ๐จ๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐  @kimverbeck #gerardbutler #hunterkiller
    https://www.instagram.com/p/Bo-Bci8Arb9/?taken-by=kimverbeck

  • Sonia
  • Sunkist

    That would be the explanation for the original “family emergency” excuse. The promoters contract no doubt stipulates only certain conditions for cancelling a sponsored appearance, after spending a great deal of time, and money, and investing their personal reputation in the event.

  • Sonia

    Love the video in link…

    Gerard Butler totally gets why troops hate military movie mistakes
    https://www.wearethemighty.com/entertainment/hunter-killer-gerard-butler-battleship

  • DeadP001

    I can’t believe he was ever going! WTF is wrong with these Hollywood people? I mean has he ever heard of Yemen? Does he not know what SA is? What its done to non-sunnis, sunnis, human rights activists and dissidents?

    I don’t know whats wrong with Hollywood anymore, but you guys have got your priorities all twisted.

    Are there any other celebrities who had this dumb idea of going to a place that assassinates and imprisons dissidents?

  • Pamela

    Snazzy Gerry.

  • Pamela

    Caussseee not all Muslims are evil? Not trying to disregard your point cause Muslims do tend to cause a lot of trouble, but not every one of them is evil.

    There are babies and little old ladies that never lift a finger against anyone.

    Geez….

  • becynics

    If they work for M-BS, I am sure he can pocket the loss or deduct it from their bill for that next shipment of US arms.

  • Sonia

    #hunterkiller premier at the #navymemorial with Gerard Butler and one of the co-author George Wallace.
    https://www.instagram.com/p/Bo-M2cfhwVv/?taken-by=moisesdeltoro3

  • Sonia

    Exclusive Interview โ€“ How to Train Your Dragon 3 producer Brad Lewis talks about the โ€œunusualโ€ story of F. Murray Abrahamโ€™s casting, Gerard Butler and more
    https://www.flickeringmyth.com/2018/10/exclusive-interview-how-to-train-your-dragon-3-producer-brad-lewis-talks-about-the-unusual-story-of-f-murray-abrahams-casting-gerard-butler-and-more/

  • DeadP001

    Who said anything about Muslims? Saudi Arabia FYI isnt even a quarter of the Muslim population. So don’t you even try pulling that BS.

    Its a SAUDI state not a Muslim state. Its an absolute monarchy. It has nothing to do with Muslims.

  • Pamela

    I had to post this.

    https://youtu.be/M9BNoNFKCBI lol

  • DeadP001

    I dont do youtube jumps.

    Whatever it was – it was probably boring.

    Like your brain.

  • Pamela

    That’s so mean. Geez.
    Your insults have no bearing on me but speaks loads about you.

    And you’re wrong too:
    The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is an Islamic theocratic monarchy in which Sunni Islam is the official state religion based on firm Sharia law and non-Muslims are not allowed to hold Saudi citizenship.

    Go take a nap. Being wrong can be exhausting.

  • Sunkist

    Unfortunately, especially after his interviews and statements over the past few days, it leaves Gerard in particular liable for one helluva breach of contract lawsuit, if they choose to go that route. Depends how pissed they make MbS, I suppose. The look today of utter revulsion on Gerard’s face at the mere mention of the Crown Prince, proves to me at least, this was not just a knee jerk reaction to some headlines. I am sure I am not the only one who would feel that way. Even the jaded reporters stopped asking him about it after that. I just don’t get why he chose to make this incident personal. More than just PR. This is dangerous. He is being purposely disrespectful now. He feels entitled, and immune. I guarantee you, it has been duly noted. Damn.

  • Sonia

    It was so cool to meet @gerardbutler today at the Pentagon! He talked about his upcoming movie #HunterKiller and how he partnered with the Navy and DoD for it.
    https://www.instagram.com/p/Bo-XzMnl7th/?taken-by=meganrose21

  • Sonia

    Check out IG story too…

    Look who showed up at the Pentagon today. @gerardbutler #thisissparta
    https://www.instagram.com/p/Bo-ZLvMlLhc/?taken-by=tomorrowsan

  • EmJay

    โ€ข๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜‚โ€ข

  • Sonia

    Had the amazing opportunity to join the DC Submarine Community in a special screening of Hunter Killer with none other than Gerard Butler himself! Absolutely an unforgettable night and a spectacular movie!!!!
    https://www.instagram.com/p/Bo-ePNChDO7/?taken-by=femme_formidable1990

  • Sonia

    Me and my boy Gerry at the Hunter Killer premier.
    https://www.instagram.com/p/Bo-fj9RgXYQ/?taken-by=evan_christman89

  • Sonia

    With โ€˜Hunter Killerโ€™ Gerard Butler Wants to Revamp the Submarine Movie, Navy Wants to Boost Recruiting
    https://news.usni.org/2018/10/15/navy-hopes-film-hunter-killer-boosts-recruiting-star-wants-movie-to-reinvigorate-submarine-movie-genre

    #Hollywood came to the #Pentagon today as actor Gerard Butler spoke to Pentagon reporters about his collaboration with the @USNavy in making #HunterKiller. #KnowYourMil Learn more: https://go.usa.gov/xPNZQ
    https://twitter.com/DeptofDefense/status/1052023157589254150

  • Sonia

    Find you a man that looks at you like @gerardbutler looks at this camera.
    https://www.instagram.com/p/Bo-jqgfDGF-/?taken-by=marebear301

    loved attending such an amazing premiere filled with incredible people and an inspirational film
    https://www.instagram.com/p/Bo-lI8lAgBm/?taken-by=catherine_meadows

  • Sonia

    Find you a man that looks at you like @gerardbutler looks at this camera.
    https://www.instagram.com/p/Bo-jqgfDGF-/?taken-by=marebear301

    loved attending such an amazing premiere filled with incredible people and an inspirational film
    https://www.instagram.com/p/Bo-lI8lAgBm/?taken-by=catherine_meadows

  • Pamela

    He looks like he’s having fun.

  • Pamela

    He looks like he’s having fun.

  • Sonia

    I had the pleasure of viewing @hunterkillermovie tonight with @gerardbutler ๐Ÿค— โค๏ธ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    https://www.instagram.com/p/Bo-n_UkABQZ/?taken-by=blondebomb_

  • Sonia

    I had the pleasure of viewing @hunterkillermovie tonight with @gerardbutler ๐Ÿค— โค๏ธ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    https://www.instagram.com/p/Bo-n_UkABQZ/?taken-by=blondebomb_

  • FerCat

    He wasn’t the only one. There’s a ton of A-listers who partied with known Dictators. Most probably get hushed up.

  • AJ

    Ahhh very nice!

  • AJ

    โ€œOf course, the voice is so amazing, you know, Gerardโ€™s voice.โ€
    You can say that again! Lol

  • AJ

    Love the BFFs photo!

  • DeadP001

    You have extremely thin skin if you think I was insulting you. You legit just bored me.

    And now you’re a boring apologist to the biggest patriarchy. Being a Muslim and ruling as one are two very different concepts. There is nothing about how that place is run that resembles Islam. If I have to explain why to you then you’re even more boring that I originally thought.

    I suggest reading a little Al Ghazali, Jalaludin and Ibn Arabi – but I doubt you’re up to such a discipline.

  • DeadP001

    Yeah that is some messed up stuff goin on. Not at all liking what Hollywood is becoming. Not enough they had sexual predators running amok anymore; they apparently accept blood libel now.

  • Sonia

    I got to interview that random guy from 300…he was so incredibly nice and charming and energetic
    https://www.instagram.com/p/Bo-vld2gPx8/?taken-by=sagesurge

  • Sonia

    Me too. :) Love it when it’s not just standing and posing with someone.

  • AJ

    Amazing Sonia! Thanks for all these posts today. I really enjoyed myself. :)

  • abaacyprian
  • Guest

    Saudi is a Muslim state and fanatically so. It will not allow places of worship of other religions to open and even non Muslims praying together or having a Bible is punishable by a jail sentence.

  • Sonia
  • Pamela

    Whatever. You are boring me now.

  • Sonia

    Star Tracks
    Gerard Butler arrives to a press conference about his new submarine action film Hunter Killer at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, on Monday.
    https://people.com/celebrity/star-tracks-tuesday-oct-16-2018/?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&xid=socialflow_twitter_peoplemag&utm_campaign=peoplemagazine#next-adventures

  • Sonia

    Bringing in my birthday with Gerard Butler wasnโ€™t so bad! #HappyBirthday to me! Cheers @gerardbutler ๐ŸŽ‰ ๐ŸŽ‚ ๐ŸŽŠ
    https://www.instagram.com/p/Bo_dnb4ACit/?taken-by=paulwhartonstyle

  • AJ

    Smashing!

  • AJ

    This conference should get him a lot of PR correct? There were some major news outlets there asking questions.

  • AJ

    What a fluke! I happened to have the article open on my phone when I read your comment that they had removed it so I copied and pasted it. It sounds to me like they are complimenting GB. At least to me it does. Here you go:
    Hunter Killer review: a fun 90s throwback
    Can Gerard Butler keep an action film afloat when he doesn’t throw a single punch?
    For decades submarine movies have always proved to be a steady source of big screen entertainment, from well-known classics such as Run Silent, Run Deep and Das Boot, to David Twohy’s underappreciated horror gem, Below. The nineties though was an especially strong time for action thrillers, it saw the launch of Michael Bay’s career and arguably the best of his work with The Rockand Armageddon, Michael Keaton terrified audiences with Pacific Heights and Desperate Measures, Tom Cruise set out on his first Mission: Impossible and there was plenty of classic Harrison Ford in The Fugitive, Air Force One and two Jack Ryan movies โ€“ the list goes on.
    It was two of the nineties submarine flicks though, that really moulded the genre into the slick and exciting vehicle we associate with it today – The Hunt For Red October andCrimson Tide. Both of those films centred on moral conflicts taking place beneath the surface (in both a literal and figurative sense), with high stakes de rigueur and while Hunter Killer sets a course through the same waters, it never quite manages to hit the same depths.
    That said, it’s a pretension free throwback that delivers exactly what you’d expect from the trailer: undemanding fun, intermittent action and a whole lot of shouting. Chief culprit in charge of voice raising (and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) is Gary Oldman, who’s clearly decided to channel his nineties oeuvres at random intervals, suffering outbursts when the scene doesn’t seem to warrant it, like a man possessed. The assumption is that the relatively inexperienced director (Donovan Marsh) didnโ€™t have a chance in hell of restraining him, but it does provide a lot of entertainment – intentional or not โ€“ as Sir Gary barks at people to “stop pussying around!” Don’t be misled by his top poster billing though, as his appearance is more of an extended cameo.
    As a leading man, Gerard Butler’s loyalty to making solid b-grade blockbusters is commendable. Cinema would be considerably less colourful without the likes ofOlympus Has Fallen and Geostorm, with Hunter Killer adding yet another rogue hero to his roster โ€“ the beautifully named Joe Glass, a man who wonโ€™t shoot a deer when he sees its family in tow, who’s worked his way up through every job on a submarine but never made commander, is firm but fair and has a moral code that demands he does what he thinks is right, no matter the cost. Sound familiar?
    Well, Joe Glass might be standard amalgamation of action movie character clichรฉs, but Butler is great when it comes to delivering material like this, he can earnestly spout rallying speeches and do or die updates to his crew with such belief that you can’t help but be swept along on the ride with him and it’s just as well, in a role that requires zero punching โ€“ that’s right, he doesn’t punch a single living thing. It’s actually noticeable by its absence, especially when Glass’ XO (played by Carter MacIntyre) continues to challenge his increasingly questionable orders and seems destined to be on the receiving end of at least one knuckle sandwich.
    Thankfully on the fighting front,Hunter Killer is covered by a black ops mission to rescue the Russian President on dry land, a scenario that affords the film many of its best scenes, while adding some much needed thrills and a quickening of pace while the sub based drama is unfolding below. The Special Forces team are led by Toby Stephens, having a ball playing a super macho southerner from Birmingham (the one in Alabama sadly, so no Brummie accent here), chewing scenery and spitting out bullets like a pro. His ragtag team are comprised of the young rookie (played with such wide eyes by Zane Holtz, that he seems certain to be the first to die), alongside the gruff and barely recognisable Michael Trucco and Ryan McPartlin (from the superb Chuck) who lends some warmth and much needed sympathy to the machismo โ€“ in fact, based on their collective work in Hunter Killer, Iโ€™d happily sign up to watch up spin-off with them all in, especially given the amount of cool ‘toys’ they have at their disposal.
    As with so many films now, Killerdoes feel a little overlong, with a middle section that could have done with some trimming, but the pay-off comes from a finale which proves wholly satisfying as the tension gives way to torpedoes and gunfire, that result in fatalities and some quality submarine shaking. I’m fairly certain though that as explosions rock the heroic crew, Butler never falls down, which works as a nice parallel with how easily he keeps films like this upright, even when people doubt his ability.
    Sadly it was one of the last films for actor Michael Nyqvist (star of the Millennium trilogy, John Wick andMission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol to name a few), as well as legendary action producer John Thompson (The Expendables trilogy and Butler’s own Has Fallenfranchise) whose legacy is so expansive it deserves looking up to really appreciate how much he’s worked on.
    Hunter Killer might be an over earnest and predictable action thriller, but sometimes that exactly what you want from a night out and it makes for a refreshing sight to see a film like this shot in full colour, rather than the usual washed out hues that disguise a lack of budget. For every clichรฉd line of dialogue there’s a snappy one to counter it, helped by the great cast delivering them and there’s a sense of investment and enthusiasm, especially from the director, that keep the film firmly on track as entertaining fun.

  • Sonia

    I read the review but when I clicked on the link later it disappeared. Then it came back again then disappeared lol, so I just wanted to warn other posters before I get accused of posting dud links. But thanks for posting it anyway. :)
    Den of Geek UK get Gerard Butler movies. They even loved Geostorm, the reviewers wrote two or three articles about it, praising it.
    But honestly the military and media people who’ve watched HK so far seem to like it. I know it’s only a few posts but it seems like it has gotten mostly positive reviews?
    Saw this on IG earlier, Lionsgate had a private screening in LA last night (and it’s not from a giggly female Butler fan):
    Hunter killer one of the best military movies Iโ€™ve seen in a long time Gerard Butler rocked it you can sure tell a difference when the department of defense is involved in the movie
    https://www.instagram.com/p/Bo_Kf_3lYvt/?taken-by=dlm8hn

  • Sonia

    There have already been a lot of articles about it both in the US and internationally. It’s such a shame a lot of the headlines were about him cancelling the Saudi trip. I’m still a bit WTF about him doing a press con at the Pentagon but I have to say it’s a unique way to promote a film. I’m not sure if anyone has done this before? And I reckon it was planned sometime ago, doubt these kinds of things get clearance in a day or two but I could be wrong, I don’t know how it works in the US. So it’s quite ‘unfortunate’ if it was planned all along to talk mostly about the collaboration with the Navy etc then the headlines are stolen by the Saudi issue.

  • Sonia

    It’s a funny pix cos it looks like he has lipstick on. Or maybe he was kissing someone who had lipstick on, lol.

  • AJ

    Oh yeah! True that! Still hot though. Plus a man with lipstick on his lips from kissing a woman, sexy! lol

  • AJ

    I was thinking the same thing. Very inventive but bitter sweet at the same time. Whatever the case, he’s a trooper!