The Tonight Show with Jay Leno - January 11, 2005

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Article Date: January 11, 2005 | Publication: NBC Television | Author: Jay Leno (thanks to Angel for transcribing)
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Jay: My next guest is from Scotland, currently starring as the Phantom in the new film “The Phantom of the Opera.” Please welcome Gerard Butler.

[audience cheers, “Music of the Night” is played by the band. Gerry comes on and puts a fake apple on Jay’s desk]

Jay: Oh, you got an apple. Thank you very much.

Gerry: [in an American accent] Hey, I’m Bobby Manzana.

J: Bobby Manzana - very good. Very good.

G: [in an American accent] How you doin’? How you doin’?

J: Very good, you watched the show.

G: I was watching the show. [in an American accent] I want to make a movie. I want it to be serious, and then I want it to be funny, a comedy, but then it’s got to be, uh, serious, and then a bit of comedy, and uh, yeah.

J: A full-blown comedy.

G: [in an American accent] Nobody’s ever done this before. It’s fantastic, I like it.

J: You know-- now tell me, Gerard--

G: Do you want a bite, by the way? [holds up apple]

J: No, I don’t want a bite.

G: I don’t think you should [chuckles]

J: Oh no, I’ve-- Now that sounds French. “Gerard.” It’s like Gerard Depardieu.

G: Yeah. Um, it’s, it’s, well, it’s French, and it’s Irish as well. My whole family are originally Irish. [asks the audience] Any Irish people in here? [audience cheers]

J: What I’m saying is you don’t sound like a “Gerard.” You seem more like a--

G: See, you guys say “Gerard,” you know, like [in an American accent] “GerARD,” and, you know, “GerARD.” My mum, and people in Scotland, they go, “Gerard.” [pronounces it GER-ERD]

J: Gerard?

G: [in a deep Scottish accent] “Gerard. Your name is Gerard.” And, and, but, it’s funny, but, I did a magazine interview a few years ago, and they asked me, “What do we call you?” And I said, “Well, you say it just ‘Gerry,’” because when Americans say “GerARD,” it drives me crazy, when my mum does that. But they got it the wrong way around, and they put it in the magazine that I hated being called Gerry. And so then all my friends are calling me, going, [in a high-pitched, mocking voice] “Ooh, GERard.” [audience laughs] And [I said] “I didn’t say that! I didn’t say that!” [turns to Scarlett Johansson] Did I, Scarlett?

Scarlett: Certainly not.

G: Thank you.

J: Now you’re from, obviously people know you’re from Scotland, but my mom, my people, my relatives are from Greenock. [pronounced GREE-NUCK]

G: [thick Scottish accent] Greenock.

J: Greenock.

G: Greenock, I love Greenock. Well, yeah, um, well, your producer calls it [in an American accent] “Grennuch. Grennuch.”

J: No, it’s Greenock.

G: [thick Scottish accent] Greenock!

J: Greenock.

G: Greenock. And, um, yeah, that’s just along the road, from, from where I grew up. I grew up in a place called Paisley.

J: OK.

G: It’s five miles away and I used to go there for runs all the time. And actually, this is the perfect introduction - does anybody have the-- “Dear Frankie,” the movie that’s coming out? [audience screams] Yeah! And it’s, it’s all set in Greenock.

J: OK, oh, cool!

G: And, um, and I was so proud, because, you know, it was taken around a bit. It was in Cannes, and it did brilliantly there, and I was in Tribeca, the film festival, and I was watching it, and I thought, “This is amazing! This is where I grew up, and now I’ve made a movie and we’re showing it to the world... or 25 people."

J: Yeah. [audience laughs]

G: And it was just, it’s beautiful. So you have to go and see that, if you want to see Greenock, [audience screams] where, where Jay’s mother comes from--

J: Where me wee mum-- But you still have family there, right?

G: Yeah, yeah, they’re all in Paisley and the Highlands, where my mum now lives, and my step-father.

J: You’re a Highlander.

G: I’m a Highlander. And in fact they, they live five miles away from Balquhidder, which is where Rob Roy McGreggor is buried.

J: Ooh. [some people in the audience clap]

G: [points to audience] There’s people there, that just, “Yes! Yes!”

J: You know what, the amount of people that know your references are getting smaller and smaller, have you noticed that?

G: [laughs] One person went, “Yes!”

[they talk over each other]

J: Now, is there anybody else in showbusiness?

G: In the family? No, no, I think there’s a lot of people who think they are.

J: Yeah.

G: But, um, no, um, my mum was actually a lecturer, she taught business studies, and my father was an insane person, in, um, Canada. And I didn’t see my father for fourteen years, so by the time I went back - He’d been a bookie before, he’d run five bookie shops, and anybody that had a dodgie bet would say “Go to Butler’s,” because he would always take the risky bets.

J: Right.

G: And we ended up going bust - well, I was only six months old, I’m not taking responsibility for this - but we did a midnight flight to Canada, to Montreal, and then-[audience member cheers] Yo, baby! And then, but then, when I went back over to Toronto, I started hanging out with him, and he used to always walk about with an umbrella hat on his head, because he had an umbrella shop now. And while I was there [Jay laughs] - he was crazy, he was the funniest man-

S: This is not true.

G: I can-- I swear, on my--

S: I don’t believe it.

G: [to audience] Does anybody know my dad? He always walked around with this- the flag of Canada. And then, while I was there-- and he lived in this penthouse, in the Palace Hills in Toronto, and he decided to go down to Togoland, in Africa, and buy $50,000 worth of gold. But he ended up buying copper. And then he got malaria, he got malaria-

S: THIS IS NOT TRUE!

G: I SWEAR ON MY LIFE!! Don’t call me a liar on national television! [audience laughs and applauds]

J: You can’t make this up, really.

G: I didn’t come on, I did not come on talking about how Scarlett spent ten minutes talking about toilet seats [audience laughs and claps] I kid you not. So he went, he went to Togoland, right - it’s going to get worse - he went to Togoland, he bought copper, and he got malaria, and he ended up in the hospital. And I was supposed to get injections and go down. Then his French-Canadian wife, I suppose, who was my step-mother, said, [in French accent] “Nobody weel make a fool of me, I am French, and I will go and show zeez peepuhl.” So she went down, and she was on the connecting flight in Paris. She fell, she fell down the stairs - [points at Scarlett] honestly - and she broke her ankle, she broke her ankle, and they took her on to Togoland, and she ended up in hospital with my father. And I had this penthouse in Toronto. And I have to say I felt bad, but I had the time of my life [audience laughs]

J: What a lovely, heartwarming family story that is.

G: I know.

J: Now I heard you got discovered in a coffee shop. Is this one of these pocket hole things?

G: You know, it was. I had been training as a lawyer for five years, and studied- sorry, *studied* as a lawyer for five years and I trained as a lawyer for two years until I was fired [chuckles] I was frustrated - the first lawyer ever in Scotland to be fired. ‘Cause I was a little crazy, and I was very disillusioned with what I was doing. So I moved down to London - and I just thought I’d get that bit over with - I moved down to London, and I knew a couple of people in the business. So I knew this casting director, and she said, “Well, if you help me cast a Steven Berkoff play, then you can say hello.” So I said “hello” the first day, but he just said, [in a British accent] “Oh, hello,” and that was it. And the second day I was buying coffee for him, and he walked in, and we got talking. And he basically said, “So you’re an actor?” And I said, “Yeah. No. Yeah. I don’t know, I want to be.” And I asked him if I could audition for the play, and he said, “Absolutely.” And I went in, and I was like, [makes menacing face], you know, and my hair was all [runs hands back and forth above his head to show his hair was disheveled] and I was all [growls]. And it was really over-the-top, and so is Steven Berkoff, if anybody knows him, so he loved that. And I, and I got the job.

J: That’s cool.

G: [to Scarlett] Is it cool?

S: Yeah, I liked the [mimics his disheleved hair]

J: Now tell us about, tell us about “Phantom.” [audience screams] Tell us about “Phantom.” Quickly.

G: [chuckles] Tell you about “Phantom” quickly? Well--

J: Tell them about your eye. What about your eye? I don’t want to give anything away here, but-

G: Yeah, well, I think a lot of people here know what happens in “Phantom” anyway. [audience screams] Oh, that’s great! I’m so glad you guys have seen it! That’s lovely. Um, yeah, basically, I- you know, obviously the prosthetic took a long time. The first three times we did it, it was nine hours. But they had to glue my eye down to a piece of silk and then put a piece of string right down my face, around my back [traces where the string went] down here, attached to a piece of metal, and pull my eye down like that, and, and it was a nightmare. And also when they glued it on they would have to put alcohol--

S: Why did they have to put it on your back?

G: I don’t know. It was so they couldn’t see, they put it under the prosthetic, and the pulled the piece of string from the back just to--

S: That’s so annoying.

G: You’re right. I want to talk to somebody.

J: Let’s take a look, we have a scene from “Phantom of the Opera.” [audience screams]

[plays a clip from “Music of the Night”]

[audience screams and claps]

J: The Phantom! Great job!