I'M NOT NEW 007, ADMITS SCOTS ACTOR

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Article Date: January 11, 2002 | Publication: The Express | Author: Gavin Docherty
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HE IS the James Bond who never was.

Scottish actor Gerard Butler yesterday confessed that the announcement he was to fill 007's tuxedo was completely false.

"I've never been in talks about Bond but this rumour persists, " said the former law student. "Actually, I found the whole thing quite funny, but I'm formally dismissing it." The Dracula and Attila the Hun star's comments come on the eve of filming MGM's currently untitled 20th Bond film, with Pierce Brosnan continuing his run as 007 and Halle Berry set to star as fierce female lead, Jinx.

Details of the latest instalment, to be released on November 22, will be given at a press conference today at Pinewood Studios in London.

It is expected that Brosnan - who is reportedly growing tired of the role which he fears has typecast him - will announce then whether or not he is to continue playing the world's best-known secret agent.

Now based in Hollywood, Glasgowborn Butler, 33, says he has three major films lined-up, including the $ 100million Disney dragon-slaying epic, Reign of Fire, in which he will appear with Matthew McConnaghy and American Psycho's Christian Bale. In March he is start work on Timeline by Lethal Weapon director Richard Donner, and then he will make Mindhunters, co-starring with Val Kilmer.

Butler's announcement means that the rumours over who may replace Irishman Brosnan as Bond will continue. Fellow Scots Iain Glen, Ewan McGregor and Dougray Scott have all been mentioned as possibles.

Back in Britain to promote his role in ITV's controversial new courtroom thriller, The Jury, Butler said that his own drink problems drew him to take on the role of recovering alcoholic Johnnie Donne in the series, to be shown in six parts from next month.

He said: "I've got a bit of a past there. I drank a lot once before, but I don't now. Alcohol isn't a part of my life anymore. Which was one of the reasons that playing this part grabbed me so much.

"Playing an alcoholic, I can relate to some of the negative aspects. I had the challenge in playing this character. I felt it was something I could really climb into and live. "

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