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GERARD Butler is so keen to start work on big-budget action fantasy Gods of Egypt, he will front up at Fox Studios on Monday — almost a month before filming begins. “We’re putting major prep into this,’’ the Scottish actor revealed in Los Angeles today during an interview to promote the animated sequel How To Train Your Dragon 2. Butler, 44, was to board a flight to Sydney immediately after the promotional tour had wrapped. “I am going to be down there three and a half weeks before we start just so I can be in among it for all the training and the dialect sessions and the rehearsals.” Best known for his role as Spartan King Leonidas in 300, Zack Snyder’s graphic re-enactment of the ancient battle of Thermopylae, Butler described the project as “massive.” “It’s the largest budget movie I have ever worked on. It’s huge in every dimension. It’s huge in its scope. And it’s story. And visually. (I, Robot’s) Alex Proyas is the man. Everything about the movie feels bang on.” Having played both Vikings and Spartans, Butler is clearly no stranger to mythical characters. But Set, the God of Chaos, is perhaps his first real villain. “Leonidas was also a dark character but it was ultimately for a higher good. With Set, it’s kinda the opposite,’’ the actor laughed. “It’s a delicious role to get your teeth into.” Deputy NSW Premier Andrew Stoner announced earlier this month that NSW had landed the $150 million blockbuster, also starring Geoffrey Rush and Game of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, ahead of Victoria after fierce bidding war. Proyas has previously shot movies in both states — Dark City and Garage Days in Sydney and Knowing in Melbourne. The director’s big-budget adaptation of John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lose, with Bradley Cooper in the role of Lucifer, was also planned for Sydney — until it was shut down in pre-production over budgetary concerns. For Butler, 2014 is shaping up to be a bumper year. After wrapping on Gods of Egypt, he begins work on a hotly-anticipated remake of Point Break with Australia’s Luke Bracey in the Keanu Reeves role. The production is scheduled to travel to Tahiti, Venezuela, Mexico, Italy, Switzerland, France and Germany during the course of an ambitious six-month shoot. Source
#GerardButler - He's one of Hollywood's most macho stars. And Gerard Butler fit the part as he touched down in Sydney, Australia looking rugged and ready for action. The 44-year-old star sported a beard and wore a leather jacket as he made his way through the airport on Sunday. But despite the hours he spent in the air, he still managed to crack a smile. The 300 actor was cosy in a pair of grey cargo style trousers, a grey sweater, olive coloured jacket and scarf. He had his hands full with a brown leather bag slung over his right shoulder while he clutched onto a black iPad case. The Scottish-born hunk is Down Under to film Gods of Egypt, in which he stars as Set, the ancient Egyptian god of chaos and violence. He will appear alongside Geoffrey Rush and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in the action fantasy flick that has an estimated budget of $150 million. He recently opened up to Australian site News.com.au about the film, which officially starts production in April. 'I am going to be down there three and a half weeks before we start just so I can be in among it for all the training and the dialect sessions and the rehearsals,' he told the publication. He added: 'It’s the largest budget movie I have ever worked on. It’s huge in every dimension. It’s huge in its scope. And it’s story. And visually. [i, Robot’s] Alex Proyas is the man. Everything about the movie feels bang on.' Once Gods of Egypt is completed, he will have several other projects on tap to keep him busy. The Chasing Mavericks star has also signed on for the Olympus Has Fallen sequel London Has Fallen and is in talks to star as prison inmate Kane in Kane & Lynch . The Hollywood rumour mill also began grinding when reports surfaced that he is in talks to play Patrick Swayze's character Bodhi in the reboot of the 1991 cult favourite Point Break. Home and Away actor Luke Bracey will star opposite Gerard as Johnny Utah, the role played by Keanu Reeves in the original. Source Discussion thread here Photos in Gallery: