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SlimChance

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  1. At the recent press conference for Playing For Keeps (Dec. 7) Gerry talks about his new relationship, near tragic accident and more!

    LOS ANGELES—In one interview, Gerard Butler went from giddily sharing the news that he’s “in a relationship” to emotionally recounting his harrowing surfing accident while filming “Chasing Mavericks” in December last year.

    Gerard sat down to talk about his new romantic comedy, Gabriele Muccino’s “Playing for Keeps,” where he plays George Dryer, a former soccer star who returns home to start over and rebuild his relationship with his son, Lewis (Noah Lomax). But when George grudgingly becomes the coach of his kid’s soccer team, he has to contend with adoring soccer moms.

    Asked about his own single life, Gerard announced: “Actually, I’ve been in a relationship for a few months now.” Pressed for the woman’s name, Gerard replied: “It’s not hard [for you] to find out … but I don’t feel comfortable talking about it.”

    Supermodel GF

    A quick Google search revealed photos of Gerard and lovely Romanian supermodel Madalina Ghenea, who reportedly used to date Leonardo DiCaprio.

    “It’s very nice,” said Gerard of having a girlfriend. The man typifies the best Scottish traits—he is open, friendly and humorous during interviews.

    “I realize it does hold challenges for me because I have been pushing ahead in my acting career, always willing to fly to a country to meet a director or head off tomorrow to another place for three months. I’ve worked a lot. I’ve made a lot of movies and started producing. I never gave a proper relationship the time …”

    The 43-year-old star explained why relationships are a hurdle for him: “In some ways I’ve had a well-rounded, gifted life but I’m not the kind of guy who mixes things well. You have 16 parts to your psyche. One is maybe recreation, one is love, one is work … some people know how to spread them evenly. It’s hard for me …”

    He claimed to be often oblivious to women hitting on him. “I had this conversation last night because a very pretty girl interviewed me yesterday,” he said. “I said to somebody, ‘I think she was hitting on me …’ Often, somebody will say, ‘Oh my God, did you see that person or did you see those girls … ?’ I don’t notice because often I’m in another planet. [Or] I assume people are just being friendly. Obviously, I have a reputation for being a player—I am not saying I’m an angel but a lot of that comes from being a nice, friendly guy. I’m as friendly with guys as I am with girls. That’s seen as flirtatious [but] it’s warm, embracing and charming.”

    Becoming a dad is on his mind these days. Laughing, he said: “Having done so many action movies and beaten the crap out of myself, I do think it’s time to get going because if this is the kid that I want to teach to be a little action star … if I don’t do it in the next couple of years, I’m going to be teaching him from a wheelchair. I’m in my 40s now. I can’t plan where things are going but, especially when you do a movie like this, you meditate on and experience that relationship—that father-son or father-daughter relationship. I’d like to experience that.”

    Playing dad

    Playing dad to Noah in “Playing for Keeps” inspired him even more to become a parent. “This kid’s going to be a huge star,” he said, sounding like a dad already. “He’s the most delightful little person to hang out with. I’d go, I wish I could take him home. I wish he was my kid. He’s like my little buddy.”

    He gushed about the prospects of parenthood: “The feeling of complete pride … to be responsible for him becoming a nice little person, then your buddy … It’s actually nice to imagine being a father, playing sports or going on adventures with your kids. Imagine going to India with them—going around temples and doing crazy stuff like that or mountain climbing.”

    Also on his mind was the fleeting nature of fame. “I was in Cannes a couple of years ago with an actor,” he said. “He was very famous in his day; now, not so much. We couldn’t have a conversation because people were coming up to the two of us and asking to have photographs with me. Maybe they didn’t recognize him. I said to him, ‘It’s a nightmare.’ He said, ‘It doesn’t always happen, buddy. And I’ll tell you something—when it goes, you’ll be surprised that you kind of miss it.’”

    Asked about his almost tragic surfing accident while shooting “Chasing Mavericks” in Northern California, Gerard obliged with a frank, emotional yet humor-tinged account. The actor candidly shared how his ego surfaced even as he was near-drowning: He thought of the next-day headlines about his death.

    “I actually spent the night in a hospital. It was the closest that I ever came to death. It was horrific. I wasn’t even surfing anymore; I was already exhausted. We were trying to get out over the waves and this huge wave came in. It was 200 yards away but the other guys were screaming at me, ‘Paddle, paddle, paddle!’ And I was paddling and, as it got closer, I [feared] I was not going to make it out of the way.

    “I went down and stayed down. I was out of breath. I was only one-third of the way through and it kept going. Then another wave came over. And I was still 15 feet down. I didn’t know which way was up or down. I realized my board was gone so there was nothing pulling me up. I was just spinning and it was so horrific.

    The next wave

    “Then I finally popped up and just as I did, the next wave was coming. This guy on a jet ski was trying to save me. This was a guy who got to me many times when I’d been in trouble. But he couldn’t even get [close]. So with a look [that said], ‘I can’t help you, buddy,’ he turned and left. I went down again for a long time.

    “Then I came up and nobody was there. I was going, I can’t believe this is happening to me right now.’ I thought, I am about to become a big f***ing headline: ‘Gerry Butler died while filming a movie.’ Talk about ego. That was what went through my mind while I was underwater. It went past the ‘Oh, that was a little scary’ to ‘This is now a headline.’ Then [a safety patrolman on a jet ski] pulled me and I was being chased by a wave. He must have pulled for about a quarter of a mile to get clear of this wave. I was right at the rocks, which are known as the boneyard. As you can see, it brings up some memories.”

    As he said those last three sentences, he was choked with emotion. Despite the close call, Gerard admitted that he continues to surf. “I haven’t been surfing as much as I would,” he said. “I’ll go on a proper surfing holiday because I love it

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    I personally have some issues with his not disclosing in an interview who his "girlfriend" is because when this man is that, he is all that. Telling someone to google him? Eh? When it is real and SINCERE he'll not use the words "I'm in a relationship." or have a "girlfriend" but will say it out of his mouth if proud of her, her name. No. We have good for right now person. And kids... all at that go with his films.

    SlimChance

  2. I like it but for too much whites of his right eye. Looks weird.

    I love him like cash, but I'm not too sure I'll see this one. It's too personal on two levels. Hope it's a hit for him! He needs it!

    Other than that this looks like a big blockbuster and HE is the star despite its more starts than the Milky Way in it!

    So is Thunder Run to start filming soon? What's up with that? Sam get the start-time set back?

    SlimChance

  3. What I find so intriguing is he leaves it on. It's as if he's sending a message to someone? Okay, that's a bit over-the-top as he most likely forgot to remove it for the entire trip being photographed in it even in First Class? I find it odd, but then so is he... in a good way.

    Did anyone see the October 23, 2012 Chasing Mavericks photo shoot? Wow, if faces could speak, and they do, his would say a lot.

    For some reason, and I think this could be a bit of his "problem" (in quotes for a reason), is that when still, when calm, he appears far more, ah, mature? What? Focused? Intelligent? Together? Than in video where he's a :pointy: :pointy: jumping bean?

    Really hope Playing For Keeps is better received than his surfing movie. I wished they'd kept the in-house out-door posters the same as the big wave. It's a small detail, but people who saw that HUGE banner in NYC and everywhere wander into the theater and don't see it on the marquee? Nuts! :doh:

    Must admit I grew fond of his longer locks and miss them.

    Feel whether he'd admit it or not, or his 'people' would either, the pranks of this summer by a certain someone cost him dearly. Think this is what I see in the CM 10/23 set of pictures.

    SlimChance

  4. Wow, what a different a year makes. I thought people would be talking about his (possible) hospital wristband? My guess is he's been cleared for filming (Thunder Run) and travel abroad (to the mid-east).

    He's a pensive "temple hands" picture that could simply be his spotting the paps and deciding to be cool about it.

    Really sorry about the lack of traffic here these days, but it is about the same at all fan sites. Even IMDb is dead. Just Jared is alive but low in "numbers" too with just a few moniker-changing die-hard posters.

    Slimchance

  5. Gerard Butler has been set to star in Dynamo, a true story based on the novel Dynamo: Defending The Honour Of Kiev by Andy Dougan. Eli Richbourg adapted the screenplay. Riviera Pictures, Beau Flynn of FlynnPictureCo., and Jeremy Garelick will produce. Pathé co-developed and will co-produce and distribute the film worldwide. Talks with possible directors are underway.

    Dynamo is based on the landmark soccer game that took place between an occupied Ukrainian soccer team and their Nazi captors during World War II. Butler will star as Nikolai Trusevich, the all-star goalie who served as a cornerstone and leader for his team, and ultimately inspired the entire battered city of Kiev, Ukraine. To stem a rising tide of resistance and establish Aryan superiority, the Nazi's set up a match pitting the starving Ukrainians against a 'super team' of German players that to this day is still known as "The Death Match". Dynamo will shoot in Europe in 2013.

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    Most of my positive sentiments are at IMDb (GerrysWHATEVERITISNOW) thinking Gerry has taken his career by the horns and is working hard to rekindle interest in it, and him in it and put PythonGate behind him. :D

    SlimChance

  6. They're nice. He gave a good interview. Look forward to him tonight, if my alarm can wake me.

    Couldn't help notice the crowd behind him were more into themselves and being seen on the monitor? Ah, that's new. Thought that odd, very. My worst nightmare is rent-a-fans for his premieres especially with the antics of this summer that have touched everyone in some way and distanced, angered or turned off so many (JMO).

    SlimChance

  7. Being punctual not only refers to being on time for work or for meetings or appointments whilst at work, but also being ready and prepared on arrival. It involves a degree of commitment to the job role, organization and time management, travel planning, and an awareness or understanding of the importance of being on time and behaving responsibly or professionally whilst at work. Late workers impact negatively on productivity and co-worker morale, particularly for other employees who depend on them or who have to provide cover. It's also a sign of respect. On the downside it can be an attention seeking issue too. From my experience following Gerry's career over the past few years, he appears to like a lot of attention. Yet, feel showing up for his job (acting on set) he isn't all that much late!

    SlimChance

  8. Want to be in Law Abiding Citizen? No. Sorry. But watching the filming and being a part of the process can strip the grip of the movie story away from viewing it as a seat sitter. Dig me?

    So no. Gerry or not [read: sorry my love] I'd rather wait to see the end product. It is as it is. Saw Two Lovers with Joaquin Phoenix (read: wow) and don't wish to see that exposed either.

    My baby's in deep in this. He has a 10 year age span. It's dark. He's responsible for chaos in the city, revenge or not... it's not an easy place to go. [kisses sweetie]

    He needs to learn to speak American with Philly jive man. Not too easy for my love. He can do it. Why? All things splendid have been achieved by those who dared believe that some thing inside them was superior to circumstance. That's why. He bounded down country with his fuel being a hope and a dream. Think an accent will stop him? Think again. You can do it babe. I believe in you.

  9. So like will he be sportin' another kilt on the cat walk again? [swooning]

    Might it be of the tartan variety as opposed to leather this go'round?

    No worries. I'm just glad the lug's stayin' on the east coast as much as he can. I dislike the City of the Fallen Angel, new home there or not.

    Kathy

  10. What's the deal with him dyin'? Sorry, I just don't get that... it's about the "drama" and his performance, right? Shouldn't Gerry be doing the part he wants to do?

    I was sorta into his being an attorney too... snap, crackle, pop legalese spewing from his mouth! But if the bad guy is a stretch, and that's what he wants... to do something different... unless he taking the part to appease Foxx, which I doubt... I'm cool with it.

    This is a quote from email I agree with...

    I think the role switch could be interesting...an unexpected twist. Not to be racist here, but to have Jamie Fox be the slick attorney and Gerry the vigilante is more "original". And it gives Gerry a chance to play a semi-villain. And Jamie a chance at a more "Denzel-like" role. Gerry will be great!! Afterall, his character has a very good reason (so he thinks) for his actions, misguided though he is. LOTS of drama!! Gerry can really stretch himself with that character.

    I hadn't considered this angle. Like I said, this sudden role switch could have been the straw that broke the camel's back that the director who left couldn't handle? Maybe Foxx wanted the switch? Foxx is big. Foxx is on the IMDb board for the project. I hope they can get Katherine. Wow!

    SlimChance

  11. I was pretty happy to hear about the switch. With respect to any Darabont fans here, his movies don't suit my own taste, although he's a fine director. I like Gray's work a lot though, and I hope this is a good sign that LAC will finally go forward.

    I'm kinda not liking his going for another bad guy role... but figure it's his career and there must be something extraordinary in the character Gerry wants to bring out, either in himself, as it's a thriller and psychological in nature, so I'm behind him.

    As for Darabont's taste not fitting yours, that's honest, but what don't you like?

    I sense he's a man with a message. The Green Mile especially was excellent. I say give the mouse an Oscar. He was overlooked much like the robin in Gladiator!

    Slim Chance

  12. Hi Gals,

    I read the actual article and it says the Butler will play the vigilante. Interesting, because I thought he was going to play the DA. Do you think that Variety got it wrong? Does anyone have any "scoop"?

    Pam

    Yes, I read exactly the same thing in the Variety article, PJ. If it is correct, then it is EXCELLENT news. This may turn into the role of his career if he is allowed to bring out his as-yet untapped psycho-ability out.

    An informed choice with the new director too. Things are looking up. Start date now?

    It's supposed to start filming in December now. I was so looking forward to seeing Gerry in suits and clean-shaven!

    :wuv:

    No disrespect but his "untapped psycho-ability" is "out"! Kidding of course. He's a mad man you know... secretly that is. Kidding again OF COURSE.

    Anyway...

    Ever wonder if that's why he DIDN'T want to be the lawyer? Just a thought... because it's not him? Not that being a bad guy is of course. Just a thought. That and the fact and dread perhaps of suiting up (and shaving) daily was that much of a deterrent?

    Something tells me THIS might be at the heart of the creative difference (the role switching--announced at the same time). All things considered, with the director whose left, who had his finger in more than one pot, and all. That's my slant anyway... but of course well all know my angle's are always off teeter.

    SlimChance

  13. I think he actually lost that ring. I read that in some interview. I can't remember which one though!

    I doubt it's "lost". It holds a lot of sentimental value, not just romantic but symbolic. Personally, I believe it was a barrier to a better life (not just romantic). It appears since he's shed it things have progressed nicely.

    SlimChance

  14. I hope it's a mis-print, an error about the switched roles. I know Gerry's an attorney (in RL) but his being a good guy who solves the issue would be a nice switch; his playing a bad guy not so in a been there done that kinda way.

    I'd love some courtroom drama with the dude in some "Ah the suits" or however he said in Vogue. Imagine him havin' to clean up daily for shoot! Besides if K Z-J gets the part he'd want to.

  15. Dude has that All-American look to me. Could be on his way to the gym after meetin' up with Alan? The looks on his face seems to be in work mode to me. All business... iPOD or not. Wonder what he's listenin' to?

    I'm curious what sign Alan is? They have a close personal as well as professional long-term relationship, could be interesting to know other than loyalty, profit, consistency, honesty, trust and respect, all of which is the major glue, what it is that makes the relationship work so well?

    SlimChance

  16. I'm totally on-board with this! It's too bad to loose the other guy (so close to start-up) as he'd helped write the screenplay and all, but since everything happens for a reason. My guess ending badly means it's best it not move forward if everyone (especially the one at the helm, the director) wasn't happy (for whatever reasons) because it's a group effort filming.

    Here's to change!

    It's about the journey,

    SlimChance

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