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What the Butler Saw

Category: Misc./General Career News
Article Date: February 1, 2006 | Publication: Celtic View | Author: editors

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Hollywood star's fan club delve into the past to find out what makes him tic

The tour parties who visit Celtic Park on a daily basis are a many and varied bunch but, unsurprisingly the vast majority of clubs who do the rounds arrive in the form of CSCs.

However, a 34-strong mainly female party looked a little bit out of the ordinary at Celtic Park last week and as they avidly lapped up the club's history they could have easily have booked in as the Gerard Butler Celtic Supporters' Club.

These Ghirls arrived from all four corners of the globe on a fact-finding tour to find out all about their Hollywood hero Gerard Butler.

The actor who starred with Angelina Jolie in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life may be one of the biggest names in Tinseltown at the moment but at heart he is a typical West of Scotland Bhoy and his love of the Celts is such that when his fan club visited the town of his birth, a trip to Paradise was on the agenda.

Gerard's credits include Mrs. Brown with Billy Connolly, Tomorrow Never Dies, Dracula 2000, Attila, Reign of Fire, Dear Frankie and Phantom of the Opera as well as the Lara Croft flick.

Films this year include Burns and 300 but last year's The Game of Their Lives was a bit of a labour of love for the actor as it re-enacted the USA's shock World Cup win over England.

In the film he teamed up with fellow fan and, indeed, one-time Celtic player John Harkes. Ironically US-born Harkes, who has played for the States for real, played the Scots'born captain of the side Ed McIlvenny but Hollywood seemed to glass over his role as skipper.

However, last week, as far as these Gerard Butler fans were concerned, the captain's role was expertly undertaken by Debbie McMillan who lives near Reading but welcomed the devotees from all over the world.

She said: "It's a convention I've organised for Gerard Butler and he is a massive Celtic supporter as are myself and my husband Paul."

"We've done this tour lots and lots of times and we thought it would be nice for the fans to come and have a look.

"They all know Gerry supports Celtic and quite a lot of them have expressed an interest in visiting so we thought we would organise a tour so that everybody can come and have a look."

These Ghirls are just the tip of the iceberg as Debbie pointed out.

She added: "There are 180 over on Saturday night and we raised money for the children's cancer charity - CLIC Sargent.

"We raised 5,500 and Gerry actually doubled that so in total we raised 11,000 on the night.

"There are 34 people here today but people have been coming all through the week and they will still keep coming but they are doing their own thing, this is just the organised tour.

"The majority, around three-quarters are American, we've got people from Finland, Denmark, Spain, Australia, New Zealand. They've flown over from every major part of the world really.

"They all lead normal lives, they're married, they've got kids but they've saved really hard for this because they just want to come across and meet each other.

"It's all for the website we meet each other online every day, we chat and go on forums and this was just a chance for us to meet face to face in person.

"Gerry has supported it all the way through and he's donated some amazing prizes and we've managed to raise lots of money for charity."

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