The Swingin' Scotsman; Gerard Butler

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Article Date: December 28, 2007 | Publication: National Post | Author: Bob Thompson
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Gerard Butler burst onto the scene last March as a warrior king in the hit movie 300. That computer-generated Spartan battle flick cleared a path for Beowulf, which has the same sort of stylized action but with more motion capture and computer animation.

As it stands now, 300 had a much better box-office showing than Beowulf. In fact, 300 surprised a great many folks, earning a whopping $456US-million worldwide, which is the international movie industry signal for a sequel.

Butler says there's little chance of another 300-type picture for him. The Scottish actor does acknowledge, however, that 300 changed his career opportunities and his recognition factor.

"I do get recognized a lot more, but I can still get away from it all when I want to," says the 38-year-old.

In the meantime, Butler gets lovey dovey in P.S. I Love You, which opened last Friday. In the movie, Hilary Swank reads the love letters of her dead husband (Butler) to help her adjust to his passing. It's quite a departure -- moving from action hero to weepy romantic comedy -- but Butler is OK with that. "I am a swinger," he says laughing.

Still, Butler returns to his warrior side -- this time as a modern killer -- in Guy Richie's crime story RocknRolla, which is set for release next year.

Currently, he's filming Game, in which humans can control other humans through online gaming environments. The movie is aimed at the same crowd that flocked to 300. "It wasn't an obvious choice, and it might be a risk, but I think the film has an incredible imagination," he says.

Of his Kurt Russell role in the remake of Escape from New York, Butler reports that he hasn't dropped out of the project as reported earlier. Instead he's taking a wait-and-see position. "There is no start time for it yet," he says.

And he insists he's not angry with 300 director Zach Snyder for not giving him a role in the much anticipated movie version of the graphic comic, Watchmen. "I wasn't available anyway," Butler says.