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'Don't I get a kiss goodbye?' laughed Gerard Butler


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'Don't I get a kiss goodbye?' laughed Gerard Butler

SATURDAY APRIL 27

There have been many great showbiz bromances. Paul Newman and Robert Redford, Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, Paul Rudd and Jason Segel in I Love You, Man.

But few have ever held their first official man-date in the presence of the President and First Lady of the United States.

Gerard Butler and I bonded during the course of two recent CNN interviews. (The similarities are uncanny – we're both Irish Catholics, and have both made three movies in the past year.)

American custom dictates that all TV news anchors take a VIP guest to the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner.

Last year, I escorted the delightful Goldie Hawn.

This year, I opted for a man currently starring in a smash-hit movie – Olympus Has Fallen – as a Secret Service agent who saves the White House from North Korean terrorists.

'Now THAT'S good timing,' I commended him.

We strode onto the red carpet with supreme confidence, until the moment we actually had to pose.

'OK, this is a bit awkward,' I admitted.

'Right,' he whispered, taking admirable charge of the situation.

'Firm arms on shoulders – NOW.'

Our interviews as a 'couple' were even trickier to navigate.

'So when did you two first meet?' asked the lady from CBS

‘Right – enough of this!’ laughed Gerard, and we sped into the dinner, passing Jon Bon Jovi on the way.

A man who I can now confirm has the hardest handshake known to humanity.

The dinner was fun, and the speeches, from President Obama and U.S. chat-show star Conan O’Brien, both hilarious.

Though it was slightly surreal sitting 20 yards away from the leader of the free world as he erupted into laughter when Conan quipped, ‘CNN replaced the popular Larry King with one of the scheming footmen from Downton Abbey.’

And slightly annoying to experience the sheer volume of attractive women stampeding past, across and over me to get to my charming date.

‘Never complain about your movie-star life again,’ I warned.

After dinner, we moved on to the French Embassy for a star-studded party hosted by Vanity Fair and New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.

In the car, I requested a favour.

‘My son Stanley’s starring in his school play this week. A quick pep talk from you might make up for the fact I can’t make it.’

‘Of course!’

We called his mobile. ‘Hi, Dad.’

‘Hi, Stan. I’ve got someone who’d like a quick word…’

‘Stanley, this is Gerry Butler – how are you?’

For the next ten minutes, they discussed the play and the craft of acting. And I clocked up an early nomination for Dad of the Year.

The party was great fun. Around midnight, I found Gerard smoking out on the terrace, and sporting a bemused frown.

‘Barbra Streisand just told me you went on bended knee at a private dinner party in Malibu, and sang her the theme tune to The Way We Were. Can any part of that possibly be true?’

‘Yes,’ I confirmed.

‘She said your singing was terrible, but she loved your passion! Singing to Streisand – wow, that’s gutsy, man. GUTSY!’

Back inside, I bumped (literally) into Katy Perry.

‘When are you doing my show?’ I asked.

‘We’ll see.’

‘Come on, you know you want to…’

‘Oh, I do, I do,’ she giggled. ‘But I’m not ready yet.’

‘Why not?’

‘Because you’ll get the truth out of me.’

‘And that’s a bad thing?’

‘No, I’m just not ready to tell you the truth! In fact, I’m not sure I’m ready to admit the truth to myself…’

‘Beyoncé gave me half a day…’

‘You think THAT’S going to make me do it?’

‘Definitely.’

‘You Brits are all the same,’ she smiled. ‘So damn confident… Trouble is, I find that irresistible. I love Brits… Well, not all of them – not Rasputin, obviously.’

‘Who’s Rasputin?’

‘You know who.’

(I do. And so will Mr Brand if he’s reading this.)

‘How many tattoos do you have that I can’t see?’

‘I’m SORRY?’

‘You heard.’

‘Three.’

‘Where are they?’

‘Hiding from you. Is this line of questioning meant to persuade me to do your show?’

‘Yes.’

‘I’d change strategy.’

Just then, a statuesque blonde approached me.

‘Hi!’ she cried.

‘Hi,’ I replied, somewhat disinterestedly.

‘I’m Miss America.’

‘You ARE?’ My interest rapidly un-dissed itself.

‘I figured if I introduced myself as Mallory Hagan, it wouldn’t work nearly as well as using my job title.’

‘You figured correctly.’

She was smarter than your average beauty queen.

By 3am, the party was thinning out.

I went back outside and found Heroes star Hayden Panettiere, shaking like a leaf.

‘I’m freezing, Piers!’ she wailed. ‘And my feet are in agony! Do something!’

‘Well, take your heels off, and put some socks on.’

‘Whose socks?’

‘HIS socks,’ I replied, pointing to Matthew Perry, standing next to her.

‘MY socks?’ he said.

‘YOUR socks, Matthew.’

‘Why not YOUR socks?’ he asked, quite reasonably.

‘Because I’m leaving.’

And with that, I did indeed bid the evening farewell, passing Gerard on the way out. He was smoking (again) with The Avengers’ Jeremy Renner.

‘Don’t I get a kiss goodbye?’ he laughed.

‘Nope.’

‘Not even a coffee back at your place?’

Renner exploded with laughter.

‘OK, well, at least give me a hug,’ Gerard continued. ‘A proper man-date hug.’

We embraced like members of Seal Team Six do after a long, gruelling operation – with rough, intense, masculine feeling.

Back at my hotel, Gerard texted me: ‘What a memorable evening! Let’s find another event to take down.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/event/article-2317821/PIERS-MORGAN-Dont-I-kiss-goodbye-laughed-Gerard-Butler.html#ixzz2SNgQFZIy

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Smoking?!?

Yes, he is chain smoking again. His girlfriend is a chain smoker too so I guess that didn't help him stay away from the cigs. It makes me sad!

~HUGS~ Kathy

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:tissues: He is a big boy so he should be able to handle this, I think.

But then again I have never smoked. DH and all our kids have been smokers but quit the bad habit.

Let's hope he just fell off temporarily as it is a nasty habit and not good for him at all... *sigh*

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:tissues: He is a big boy so he should be able to handle this, I think.

But then again I have never smoked. DH and all our kids have been smokers but quit the bad habit.

Let's hope he just fell off temporarily as it is a nasty habit and not good for him at all... *sigh*

When Gerry's doctor saw what he thought was a growth in Gerry's throat and Gerry was sent for an MRI Gerry was afraid it was Cancer. When he found out it was two broken bones he cheered from relief. You would have thought that scare would have made him stay away from Cigarettes. He was lucky, maybe not the next time. But, it is his life and I have a feeling he didn't want to stop smoking when he had so much going on with his new movie commitments. Maybe he is quitting now that he doesn't have anything going on right now. I hope so. But, I know he is high strung and that is something he will never be able to change.

~HUGS~ Kathy

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I HATE that he is smoking again. Seems nothing scares him enough to quit, not the ravages of disease or cancer or even death. How about this...

"GERRY, SMOKING LEADS TO PREMATURE AGING AND IMPOTENCY!" :bonk:

Think that might help?

Delene

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Smoking addiction is very hard to deal with, even harder then some drug additions. I hope they’ll both quit.

I liked the article, very cute and funny.

Thanks for posting it :)

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I HATE that he is smoking again. Seems nothing scares him enough to quit, not the ravages of disease or cancer or even death. How about this...

"GERRY, SMOKING LEADS TO PREMATURE AGING AND IMPOTENCY!" :bonk:

Think that might help?

Delene

:thewoman: From your fingertips to his ears... :ohbaby: Hopefully!! :seeyou::pucker:

I'll second that!!!!!!!!!!!!! WAKE UP GERRY!!!! I lost a father and sister to lung cancer. Gerry lost his father to cancer. WAKE UP GERRY AND STOP BEING A FATALIST.

~HUGS~ Kathy

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I liked the humour in this article but I am sorry to hear that Gerry is smoking again - also that Madalina is a smoker because that doesn't help.

I hope he can kick the habit again as it is so bad for them both,

Mirin

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