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Obsession with many vices has brought me to where I am today, says Gerard Butler

GERARD Butler has joked he’s swapped his obsession with alcohol for sex.

The 41-year old Hollywood hunk, whose next starring role is in movie Machine Gun Preacher, has been linked to a string of Tinseltown’s finest, including Jennifer Aniston, Cameron Diaz and Naomi Campbell.

In his twenties, as a trainee lawyer in Glasgow, the star from Paisley battled with the demon drink, admitting he would often head-butt walls.

One one occasion, he woke up in Paris bloodied and bruised five miles from a party with no recollection of what had happened.

Teetotal for over a decade, Gerard now has to deny a string of big-name relationships that has given him a reputation as a lothario.

But he admitted that he is a man of extremes. He said: “I have many obsessions that years of therapy haven’t quite got rid of but they certainly diagnosed that I had them.

“I’m not going to go into too many details but the main one is three letters – the first one is S and the third one is X.

“No! I’m joking. Please remember I’m joking. But I do get obsessed with many things.

“My obsessions have led me down some winding, dark roads.

“And many have brought me to the place I am at today because I really grab on to them with both hands and bite into them.”

And with comments like that it’s no wonder he has a reputation but for now he’s single.

Although he looks different from his role in 300 – gone are the muscles and his hair has been bleached for his new surfer film Mavericks – it seems Gerard will never escape his break-out role as King Leonidas in the hyper-real swords and sandals flick.

He admitted: “I was using a public toilet at an airport recently when I suddenly got the, ‘This is Sparta’ shout. “I was like, ‘Okay,’ while everyone carried on about their business.” The tough role in 300, which saw bloody slow-motion fight scenes, can lead to him getting a hard time from have-a-go guys who think they can take him on. He laughed: “I’m a Glasgow boy so I know how to look after myself.

“Most of the time, though, it’s guys coming up to me going, ‘My wife loves you,’ or, ‘My girlfriend thinks you’re great. You’d be her one free pass.’ “And I’m like, ‘Well, you’re taking it very well.’ “I always feel a bit uncomfortable when they do that.”

Gerard, who comes home regularly to visit his parents in Comrie, Perthshire, is hoping to work in Scotland on a new project in a couple of years.

The long-running Robert Burns movie he’s taking the title role in looks, finally, to be getting the green light. He said: “Actually we just got another writer on it, who I think will really freshen it up. “So it will still be a year or two away but I would love that to be made, but if we do it, we have to do it right.”

And while he is back in Scotland, he may have to take part in a spot of golf, even though it’s something he’s not fanatical about. Gerard said: “I haven’t completely ignored it but it’s never been something that’s completely engulfed me either.

“I play with the family and my mum has taken it up now so whenever I go home I play with my stepfather and my mother. “She’s actually very good.”

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“I play with the family and my mum has taken it up now so whenever I go home I play with my stepfather and my mother. “She’s actually very good.”

Translation: "My Mum beats my bum!"

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