No stuffiness about this Butler

Category: RockNRolla News | Posted by: maryp
Article Date: October 3, 2008 | Publication: METRO CANADA | Author: STEVE GOW

Gerard Butler has one thing he wants you to know about his latest movie, RocknRolla: “It’s not brain surgery. It’s not going to change people’s lives, but it is really fun.”

It’s not that surprising Butler comes across so cavalier during a recent interview in Toronto. After all, dressed in casual jeans and T-shirt, the laid-back actor prefers to be called “Gerry” and carries an aura of unrefined honesty about him.

It’s unclear whether that stems from his Scottish heritage or the assuredness that comes with making such cinematic blockbusters as 300.

Maybe it’s just the sheer pleasure of having a job that you love.

“Acting,” Butler simply offers, is the greatest part of showbiz. “There’s many other things you do that are not about making a movie and I didn’t know it was going to be like that, but my favourite thing is literally the pure part of acting.”

It’s probably easy for Butler to say that while promoting RocknRolla — a hilarious crime-caper that hits theatres Wednesday. Written and directed by Guy Ritchie (Snatch), the drama stars Butler as a small-time crook that gets caught up in a twisted, labyrinthine real-estate scam that pits him against a maniacal mobster, indestructible Russian hit men and a buddy who surprisingly comes out of the closet.

“If you were really to truthfully look in our eyes — most of the cast members — then you’d go, ‘These guys are having a lot of fun doing this’,” admits Butler. “I like it when people (see that) because that is what we want people to see — a movie that they have fun watching but also that they can see everybody had fun making.”

Perhaps the main reason the film was such a blast was due to Guy Ritchie’s expeditious-but-easy style of filmmaking — a frenetic energy that certainly crosses over into his movies — and surely the foremost lure for Butler.

“What he does is he draws surprisingly interesting characters,” observes Butler.

“When you think you’re getting to know someone, something completely different happens and that, to me, is a lot of fun to get involved with.

“Plus, he’s become a bit of a legend — you think, ‘Guy Ritchie! How could I not want to work with that?’”