Category: Phantom of the Opera News | Posted by: admin
Article Date: July 1, 2004 | Publication: Daily Star | Author: GAVIN DOCHERTY
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GB.Net Note....this text is from the second part of our interview with Gerard.

TETCHY Tomb Raider babe Angelina Jolie wanted her Scots co-star Gerard Butler booted into cyberspace - because he kept singing on the set.

The Paisley-born actor was honing his skills for a screen test to star in the new movie adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera, directed by Phone Booth's Joel Schumacher.

And his practising paid off as he landed the role but he did not escape the wrath of the beautiful Jolie.

Butler said: "I dove into voice training, driving her mad on the set of Tomb Raider 2: The Cradle of Life, with vocal exercises between every take.

"That's the thing that drives me down to compulsiveness and is what has fuelled a lot of my success. If I want something I work like a demon to get it."

After dodging Jolie's anger, the hunk was then battered by heavy flak from fans of the black cloak and mask caper furious that he had landed the role, with Spain's heartthrob Antonio Banderas originally lined up to star.

Despite his confidence in the project, Butler is well aware of the concerns of Phantom loyalists, he said, adding: "I really hope that when they see the movie they'll understand why I did it.

"But those fans didn't have the benefit of sitting down and reading the draft of the script that I had, which is just fantastic.

"It's incredibly powerful. I hope that when they finally see the movie they will understand the reason behind the decision because I think there was a certain genius behind the decision."

He has been working with an orchestra in finalising the soundtrack for the film which also stars newcomer Emmy Rossum.

The actor will next start filming Beowulf & Grendel.

Set to begin filming in Iceland this August, the film is adapted from the Anglo-Saxon epic poem that inspired JRR Tolkein's Lord Of The Rings.

The medieval adventure tells the bloodsoaked tale of a Norse warrior's battle against the great and murderous troll, Grendel.

Phantom of the Opera will be released in December.

Copyright 2004 Express Newspapers