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Article Date: August 8, 2005 | Publication: PartyinKingston.Com | Author:
Actor’s Spotlight is my new monthly feature to focus attention on extremely talented non-A List actors. I like to think I have good taste when it comes to musical and acting talent so hopefully I can turn a few people on to those I believe in.
My first choice to present to you is the absolutely gorgeous and brilliant Scottish actor (a penchant for accents, you say?) Gerard Butler. Gerard was most recently seen in the Joel Schumacher directed “The Phantom of the Opera” (2004) in which he did all of his own singing and the exquisitely acted independent Scottish film directed by Shona Auerbach called “Dear Frankie”, recently shown at The Screening Room. This is the film that cemented my attraction to Butler, although I’d also seen him in “Harrison’s Flowers, “Reign of Fire”, “Timeline” and “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life”. If this man doesn’t become a major force to reckon with in North American film, there is no justice in the world. It’s time the overrated Tom Cruise is taken down a few notches and this is the man for the job.
Gerard, or Gerry to his friends, was born in Glasgow on November 13, 1969. He’s 6’2”, built like a brick you know what and his rugged, handsome facade should appeal to most women in the universe. I’ve already taken a private poll among my girlfriends and the decision was unanimous…he’s HOT!! What’s more, this man is smart, in touch with his feminine side and his friendliness is often commented upon in interviews. He has a Law Degree from Glasgow University but thankfully decided after one week of working in a law firm that he would rather be an actor! To quote a recent article I read Butler is “a man every woman wants and a man every man wants to be.”
His first screen role was in 1997’s “Mrs. Brown” starring Billy Connelly and Judi Dench in which he played John Brown’s younger brother, Archie. He had a small part the same year in the Bond film “Tomorrow Never Dies”, and went on to do various television projects and independent films in the UK including the title roles in “Dracula 2000” and the 2001 mini-series “Attila”. Gerry was actually rumoured to become the next James Bond but it was only that, a rumour.
Gerry recently completed work on the film “Beowulf & Grendel”, a medieval adventure of a Norse warrior’s clash against a homicidal troll, based on the epic poem. Canadian actress Sarah Polley plays the witch Selma and Stellan Skarsgård is King Hrothgar. Guess who plays Beowulf? Butler is also in pre-production to play Scottish poet Robert Burns in the movie “Burns” with Julia Stiles as his true love, Jean Armour. Watching a charismatic and compelling actor like Gerard Butler makes learning about history and literature a lot of fun! But the truth is, he’s perfection in any genre. Look for him in the future because I promise you, you won’t be disappointed and he will become a major star!
For loads of information and fantastic photographs of Gerry, check out www.gerard-butler.net, www.gerardbutler.moonfruit.com and www.imdb.com.