Phantom looks for Aussie wife

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Article Date: December 18, 2004 | Publication: AAP | Author: Editor
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LOS ANGELES, AAP Gerry Butler, one of Hollywood's most eligible bachelors, wants an Aussie wife. He's not fussy.

But the woman needs to be Australian.

"The woman I settle down with will no doubt be Australian," Butler, the Scottish born actor tipped to be the next James Bond and who won the coveted role of the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber's extravagant new film version of The Phantom of the Opera said.

"So if there's anybody out there who knows a nice Aussie girl, please let me know."

The last statement has Butler rolling around on a couch in hysterics.

The 35 year old party boy from Glasgow admits to commitment phobia when it comes to women.

As both one of Hollywood's hottest properties and a single guy, finding women is not that difficult.

Butler just can't keep them.

"The problem I have with women is this, he says as a wicked smile spreads across his face.

"I appreciate and love women for many reasons tall and small, plump and skinny and crazy and demure.

"I see beauty in all of them."

The actor was hoping to find his true love during a promotional tour of Australia for the Phantom film, but he was disappointed when he discovered the cast would not be making the trip because of scheduling conflicts.

A world traveller, Australia is one of the few countries Butler has yet to visit.

"I just found out the cast won't be going to Australia to promote the movie and that's the place that more than anywhere I wanted to go," he says.

"Everybody that knows me says 'Gerry, once you go to Australia you won't come back'."

His enchantment with Australian women began in 2001 when he starred in the TV movie Attila, playing warmonger Attila the Hun with Australian actress Simmone Mackinnon, a 31 year old beauty from Mt Isa and a star of McLeod's Daughters.
"It was my big acting break," Butler said.

"I played opposite Simmone, who I love.

"Since then I have honestly thought the perfect woman for me when I eventually settle down will be an Australian woman because they are so beautiful, but they're also cool.

"They're like the guys. They love to have a blast.

"Simmons is probably the coolest woman I have ever met on this planet. She's easygoing, fun, crazy, but cool and honest."

Butler's singing and acting performance as the Phantom, a disfigured musical genius haunting the catacombs of a Parisian opera house, is easily the actor's most challenging role.

He starred alongside Angelina Jolie in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Reign of Mre with Matthew McConaughey and Mrs Brown with fellow Scot Billy Connolly.

Unlike the other leads in Phantom Emmy Rossum, Patrick Wilson and Minnie Driver Bd tl er's musical background was little more than singing in the amateur pub rack band, Speed, ten years ago in Scotland with some mates.

Rossum trained at New York's Metropolitan Opera, Wilson starred on Broadway in Oklahoma! and The Full Monty and Driver has just put out her own pop/folk album Everything I've Got In My Pocket.

"Was I a rock star in Scotland? Definitely not," Butler dismisses the thought with another laugh.

"We had so much fun. I had some of the best nights of my life with that band in Glasgow.

"I was twice thrown out of my own gigs. I was ejected from the clubs.