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Article Date: December 14, 2004 | Publication: ContactMusic.Com | Author: editors

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Scottish movie star GERARD BUTLER owes his part as the PHANTOM OF THE OPERA to his restraint - because he had to sit silently through a CELTIC soccer match the evening before he auditioned.

The actor didn't want to ruin his chances of landing the role when he first met with Phantom creator LORD ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER, so he chose not to scream himself hoarse in his native Glasgow, Scotland, the night before.

He explains, "Celtic were in the semi-final of the European Cup - and it was the first time they've been in it for many years.

"I went to the game the night before the audition in Glasgow with all my crazy Glaswegian friends, who screamed at the top of their lungs the whole night. I had to sit there and clap to protect my voice because I was singing for Andrew Lloyd Webber the next day in London."

Butler admits he kept his nerves under control until he started to hyperventilate in Lloyd Webber's home: "I treated this whole thing as an interesting idea because it was kind of unusual that they came to me.

"But it was exceptionally nerve-wracking when SIMON LEE, the musical director, started playing the piano in a drawing room at Andrew's house.

"My right leg started shaking and I couldn't control it and Simon started having a fit on the piano, inhaling dramatically. He told me afterwards that he was trying to tell me to breathe because apparently I wasn't."


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