A law student at Glasgow University at the time, he drank his way though his degree, and was a reckless drunk. And he drank through his first job as a trainee civil lawyer in Edinburgh until he was fired, a week before he was due to qualify. If you'd stuck at it you could have sued lots of people on behalf of other people by now. He says: "I was at the doctor's a couple of weeks ago and found I'd broken two little bones in my neck from when I was doing Olympus." Jesus, I say. " Jobless, he decided to come to London in the hope of becoming an actor. "I love trying to find new ways to make an audience jump," but I see where this is going, so head him off smartly. – "…but I have all my meals prepared by a chef." He gave up drinking at 27. "I was in Camden," he says, "and I had a crazy experience with these two sisters whom I was friends with from Glasgow, and we'd been out one night, and one of the sisters just went nuts. She just lost her mind and the other sister was freaking out and crying and saying, 'I don't know what's wrong with her' and I remember thinking: 'How many of these crazy situations do I have to get into? I woke up the next morning and looked in the mirror and didn't recognise myself. ' I actually went to the pub and thought well, I'll have a beer, and sit and contemplate this, and I just couldn't drink it."It's nothing," he says, "I hadn't even noticed it. But it's at times like that you think: I should have stayed behind a desk! So, what does Gerard Butler eat, then, if he doesn't cook? I didn't recognise my face, and I didn't recognise my soul. I took a sip and went to the toilet and threw up and said: 'That's it'.He says Machine Gun Preacher (which was described by the New York Times as "too true to be good") was badly marketed.
"Yeah, he used to spend his whole day in this store wearing an umbrella hat. I say Woody Allen once said he makes so many films because he doesn't know how to stave off depression other than by working all the time. The Ugly Truth, a rom-com co-starring Katherine Heigl, was accused by the Wall Street Journal of "revelling in the misogyny it claims to deplore" while The New Yorker said of The Bounty Hunter: "Even as an assembly line product this falls well below factory standards".He was nuts, but had a good heart, and wanted people to be happy. I was often on a beach, kneeling on some board, and the board wouldn't move, and my mother would be calling me, and I couldn't get to her. I was the youngest and would always say to my mum: 'Just tell me you love me more' and she'd always say: 'I love you all the same' and I'd say: 'I know you have to say that but, just admit it, you love me more'." Perhaps, I say, you needed to be an actor because it would allow you to be loved by audiences; loved on a large scale? And I could go on, but won't.) He says: "I try to just read the good ones and pretend they are all like that." And then: "No, I learn from reviews.It may be Gerard is realising all this too, and is also realising that, at 43, he is running out of time to do something about it. And if you make a few movies in Hollywood that don't make a lot of money, you've got to be careful." But yours always make a ton of money, don't they? Not these last ones I'm talking about." You need to work with Tarantino, I tell him, helpfully. It's not that easy." He does not, it soon becomes clear, count Olympus as one of his bad-luck movies, and volunteers proudly: "I was involved from start to finish, taking it to Antoine [Fuqua, the director] and getting him on board, and I worked so much on the script, ripping it apart and putting it back together, really putting flesh on the bones of it and trying to give it some real substance and meaning in terms of a fun, action thriller that is going be a rousing experience." Alarmingly, it's looking as if we may have to confront an elephant head-on but, thankfully, I manage to avert such a disaster by employing a particular tactic known as Speedily Changing The Subject Even Though It Makes You Seem Mad. Eighteen months later, the marriage broke down, so Margaret returned to Paisley to bring up the three children – she took classes to teach business studies – and Gerard did not see his father again for 14 years. I would watch movies, mostly American movies, and be so engrossed in those stories, all I wanted to do was be there."I feel," he says, "like I've come out of a string of… Their eventual reunion, he says, when his father simply turned up one day, "stirred up a shit storm in me" and when Edward, a bookmaker, died a couple of years later, Gerard went off the rails and took to drink. He once woke up in Paris, miles from where he'd been at a party, covered in gashes and blood and, to this day, he has no idea what happened. I wanted to be part of that romance or that fantasy or be that warrior or that struggling soul who finally makes it good." Maybe you didn't want to live your own story, I suggest. Or maybe I wanted to have my cake and eat it, live my story and everybody else's. I remember when Grease came out, I used to force my mum to try and grease my hair back and it was never long enough and literally I'd be screaming at her 'Do it. '." What's the first cinema film you recall seeing? I was with my mum and the point where Richard Dreyfuss is under the boat and there's a hole in the boat, and the head pops out, I went into hysterics and she had to take me out of the cinema." He says he tried, in Olympus, to put in similar jump-out-of-your-seat moments.I am completely happy." Director Andy Tennant spoke about the chemistry between the two stars, revealing "they just get on so well" and claiming "at the start of filming we had to tell them to slow down".
Gerard Butler is the Scottish actor who has made it big in Hollywood and is rumoured to have dated all the usual suspects (Jennifer Aniston, Cameron Diaz, Some Supermodel Or Other) and none of the unlikelier ones (Whoopi Goldberg, Danny De Vito, A Bearded Lady) which is a pity, as such rumours would at least be interesting, and I've also read he earns m per film. Gerry, love, I say to him, whatever you do, don’t turn a film down without mentioning my name and saying I will do it for m, with full nudity and everything. Now I know, by the way, why my mum keeps saying: 'Hey, what about a place in Tuscany and then one in Jamaica? She must have read the same article." Oh, Mrs Butler.
Milo's ex-wife, Nicole Hurley, is an investigative reporter who has been arrested for assaulting a police officer.
When Nicole receives a tip on a story, an apparent suicide that may have been a murder, she skips her bond hearing to meet her informant, causing the judge to revoke her bail and issue a warrant for her arrest.
But it was marketed as an action movie and it didn't do big box office, which hurt, because it looked like we'd made a big failure of an action movie, whereas in actual fact it's a true-life story of a guy who was a drug addict, reformed, became a born-again Christian and ended up building an orphanage in Sudan. And although I don't get much on his personal life, aside from the fact he has homes in LA and New York but has sold the Hampstead one ("I was never there"), I can tell you he is dating someone and this someone is for real, and not Jennifer or Cameron, who never were. He has no answer to that – just as there never is an answer to that – and I leave, taking the elephants with me.
I gave so much to the role and was so affected by it that when I did the first two interviews about it I had to stop, because I was crying." Our time's up astonishingly quickly, and he'd like to talk more. I say it's a pity you're not single, as you strike me as a genuine person, and I was about to offer myself up as your girlfriend. It's hard, working with elephants in the room, but not entirely impossible, as I think I've just proved.
The film was released in the United States on March 19, 2010.