Quotes
 
     
     
  :: Name :: Acting :: 300  
  :: Privat :: Stunts :: The Phantom of the Opera  
:: Family :: Gamer  
  :: Lawyer :: Beowulf & Grendel  
  :: Women / Men :: How to train your Dragon  
    :: Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life  
    :: The Ugly Truth  
       
         
   
 
+++ ACTING +++.................................................................
       
 
"I love to do films of all shapes and sizes and feelings and genres. So for me to go from Tomb Raider straight into Dear Frankie, there's nothing that excites me more than to keep mixing it up."

 
 
"I think there's a part of you that always imagines that if you encounter success , every fibre of your being will change. You know your whole cellular structure will change. And you will suddenly think and feel and behave like a different person . . . And you don't."

 
"I love nutty roles; those roles that you can climb into and give a lot of color too. It might be some off-beat wacky, low-budget script, and I might just say 'Oh my God, I have to do this.'"

 
"No matter what you have to go through and what you suffer, when you have true love, you can put up with anything."

 
On his new acting career
"[During] some of the most miserable periods of my life, people thought I was very happy. And now that I'm actually happier, I don't have to show it. I'm more comfortable with myself."

 
"I think it's one of the nicest privileges as an actor is to know that you can move people in one moment, make them think about their lives, or make them laugh or make them cry or make them understand something. Or just make them feel something because I think so many of us, including myself, spend too much time not feeling enough, you know?"
about.com (March 3, 2005)

 
"When I finish a film and go see it, I almost wish I wasn't in it because you get too caught up being too vain about your performance."

 
"I try to go as deep as possible without almost, in a way, making it too complicated."

 
"My manager and my agents, they go over my contracts."

 
 
"No, seriously. I'm so proud. I worked really hard on the movie. I loved being a part of it - and the reaction to the film has just blown me away."

 
 
"I live very much in my own head and I don't always like that somebody else is playing such a big part in your mind and your psyche. It's tough to deal with that vulnerability because I still have that element of 'I can't do this! I can do this on my own! I'm all right! - and then suddenly, someone holds this power over you."

 
 
"When I did Dear Frankie, throughout the movie they were always talking about fish and chips."
"They were always putting salt and vinegar on fish and chips, my mouth would water and when I went to film, three nights in a row I had fish and chips in the centre of Glasgow. By the end I felt sick."

 
 
"A fan is fantastic - they're what makes your career worth it - but it doesn't mean you want to marry them. They're putting you on a pedestal and it`s hard to date somebody like that." GERARD BUTLER breaks hearts by ruling out a relationship with a female fan."

 
 
"I would love to have a wife and kids, but you can`t magic them out of thin air. I`ve never been that `seven-year relationship` kind of guy. (But I`m ready) for the big relationship. I guess I`ve got to settle down soon, but I`m nervous to say it out loud because it might not happen."

 
 
Gerard Butler's view on Hollywood's love affair with re-makes
"Generally I don't like doing remakes, but I think that's more in the cynical world of Hollywood where normally remakes are purely for commercial reasons."

 
 
Quote on being a loner
"I know I have within myself... a side of solitude. I think people who know me can see, but people who just meet me can't because I'm generally very fun and gregarious. I love to spend a lot of time on my own. I can seriously go into my own head and often love to let myself travel where I don't know where I'm going. I always felt that that was his kind of form of escape, in a way."

 
 
"At the end of the day what matters is that you do your best in every job you do. But of course you would rather your movie does well. You want it to be as critically well-received as possible, and you want it to do as well with the public as possible, because it means that they're getting what you're doing, or what you're trying to say, or appreciating your work."

 
 
"If I think the movie's not going to turn out, I quickly try and disassociate those feelings and push myself away... ."

 
 
"Of course when you spend four hours in prosthetic makeup and you really are looking at yourself and you see how revolting you've become in a way, it obviously adds another strand and helps you... a little bit more."

 
 
"What's interesting is, the very reasons that some people like your performance are the exact things that other people feel made your performance bad."

 
 
"The fact that you touched somebody's soul or made them laugh-that's a wonderful thing."
7x7 San Francisco (April 1, 2005)

 
 
"CNBC, I think, ran a story, then someone told me that CNN reported that I'd been named the next Bond! It was late at night and I was sitting in this shitty little flat I'd bought with what I made on "Attila" thinking to myself, "Here's newcasters in America thinking that I'm the new Bond, when in fact I'm sitting in this crappy little flat, pissed that my washing machine doesn't work and two of my lamps are busted! (laughs)." --
Venice Magazine (November 1, 2003)

 
 
"'When CNN said on the air that there were rumors that I had been cast as Bond, I was back in London. My washing machine was broken, and the central heating wouldn't turn on, and the house was freezing. There I was, the 'next big thing' again, and the contrast seemed greater than usual. On the one hand, I was Bond. On the other, my life was a mess."
New York Times (March 13, 2005)

 
 
"Listen, I'd rather... I'll be honest, I don't get too caught up in that. I'm really far more about, 'Is the film good? Did I perform okay? Did people dig it?' And if people want to go further than that, of course, that's a huge compliment. I would rather that then they say, 'He's an ugly son of a bitch. That Gerry Butler has no sex appeal whatsoever.' It's good to be appreciated. I'd rather be appreciated for talent than just looks, but hey, I'll take that as well."

 
     
 
+++ THE NAME +++...............................................................
       
 
GerERD. Your name is GerERD. And, and, but, it's funny, but, I did a magazine interview a few years ago, and they asked me, "What do we call you?" And I said, "Well, you say it just 'Gerry,'" because when Americans say "GerARD," it drives me crazy, when my mum does that. But they got it the wrong way around, and they put it in the magazine that I hated being called Gerry. And so then all my friends are calling me, going, [in a high-pitched, mocking voice] "Ooh, GERard." [audience laughs] And [I said] "I didn't say that! I didn't say that!"

 
   
 
+++ PRIVAT +++.............................................................
       
 
"I have a very addictive nature, and unfortunately I have become addicted to my work. I love acting - and that's great - but it doesn't quite solve the problem."
The Scotsman (August 7, 2004)

 
 
" I always felt a bit of a loner in some ways. Even though at school I was one of the main guys in the crowd I always felt a wee bit different. Maybe sometimes better, but a lot of the time just f***ing weirder. Sometimes worse. Just thinking, when am I going to get it together?"
The Herald (Glasgow) (February 9, 2002)

 
 
"It's only recently that I've started to think that everything I am, good and bad, is what makes me. Instead of fighting all the bad and just being so unhappy. That's just me, that's just the way I am. I am not saying I'm going to try to improve but there is a level of acceptance. I'm doing well and I'm doing well because of who I am."
The Herald (Glasgow) (February 9, 2002)

 
 
"Sometimes, when I look in the mirror, I have this communion with my soul. It's amazing and horrible, because you're seeing yourself. It's happened probably 10 times in my life. It's the most bizarre experience, one that you can never have deliberately, and it happens to me while eating sometimes. Or when I'm up in the Hollywood hills, looking out over L.A. It's a different world from when I was in Scotland going to movie theaters, wishing I could do that. There was pain then, because I knew that [becoming an actor] wasn't going to happen. But those wishes have come true. It's pretty fantastic."
Interview Magazine (July 1, 2002)

 
 
"I've given up abusing myself, and it's amazing how that choice wipes misery out of life. It still takes a couple of years for the detritus to clear away, but - what was the question?"
Interview Magazine (July 1, 2002)

 
 
"One thing that concerns me is that my life is too much about myself. I was passing a graveyard the other day and I thought, What are you when you die? A few generations later, when you're not even a memory of any living person, you're nothing. Maybe that's why I make movies. For longevity."
Interview Magazine (July 1, 2002)

 
 

"The public doesn't know me well enough to recognize me, and I like it like that, at least while I have it."
USA Today (January 20, 2005)

 
 
discussing his days of heavy binge drinking
"I once woke up in Paris at 4am, five miles from where I'd been at a party. I had gashes to my head, my face, my arms, and I had blood all over my clothes. To this day, I don't know what happened."

 
 
"Even when I said, 'If I can only get sober, I'll be happy.' No. I got sober, I'm much happier, but it didn't make me 100% happy. I used to think if my career took off as an actor, I'd be happy. No. It has made me much happier, but not 100% happy."
The Scotsman (August 7, 2004)

 
 
"It's funny being the sober one in a room full of drunk people because you realize how much shit everyone talks. But people were very patient with me when I was going through a bad time."
Glamour UK ( September 2003)

 
 
"I don`t drink. But I don`t give a shit."

 
 
"I can't remember drinking," he said. "When I stopped, I would look at a beer and think how great it would be. I'd get this pang in my stomach to go back out and have fun, but then I'd remember that I used up that right - that I did a full life worth of drinking between 14 and 27. I have no connection with it," he said. "I'm not afraid of it and I don't celebrate it."

 
 
"I was smoking a huge amount and having real bad premonitions and then I got this role where the guy dies of cancer. The film P.S. I Love You made me contemplate death and realize I was playing Russian roulette with my health. I've since stopped smoking."

 
 
when discussing his formal acting training
"When I was 12, I was in Oliver! at a theater in Glasgow."

 
 
"You don`t even know where I`m from. This is unbelievable. I`m from... where am I from? I was born in Glasgow. But my family is pretty much from a little town called Paisley, famous for its cotton mills and paisley pattern. At one point the mills employed 80 percent of the town. Some towns progress forward and upward - how do I say this without losing every friend I ever had in Paisley? - let`s just say Paisley never managed to make that quantum leap."

 
 
"I think I'm a man out of place. I love Scotland. You can stand amidst those mountains and fell the history. It emanates all around you. When I'm there, I fantasize about the Celts coming over from Europe in bearskins. And the simplicity and purity of society back then--it wasn't as complicated or discolored as it is now. I imagine roaming those hills, fighting those battles..."
Interview Magazine (July 1, 2002)

 
 
On his love for Scotland
"I love everything about the Scottish people - their warmth, their humor, their potential for violence. Nobody from Glasgow goes into acting. You were seen as weird if you wanted to be an actor. But I didn't mind. It's just what I wanted to do."

 
 
American men not so masculine
"In Scotland I'm just like a lot of other guys, but in America I'm seen as a very strong, masculine guy."

 
 
"There's nothing worse than being a Scots guy with an American accent."

 
 
"I said 'soccer' instead of 'football.' They will crucify you for that. I was flush red for a day after that."

 
 
"I'm not comfortable enough do American accents only when we film so I have to keep it up all the time. I really hate myself for doing that."

 
 
"I remember once going back to Scotland after a summer here and nobody could understand a word I was saying. I remember being in a bar and a guy saying: '`What the fu** is that? You`re a ****ing Yankee.' That`s very much the Scots attitude."

 
 
"I hated anyone from Scotland who lost their accent in the slightest."

 
 
"The Scots will do anything to beat the English or just to see them lose, but I've never bought into that really."

 
 
"I never thought as a six-year-old I could make that noise with the turn of the head, you know, it`s amazing - I get into the middle of that, I really appreciate it, I lap it up, you know."

 
 
"The problem with my mind is it sways from side to side. The idea of me fantasizing about becoming an actor quickly led to depression. No, it was never going to happen to me. I was a sixteen-year-old kid on the other side of the world from where they made movies. Scottish actors never really got play. There was Sean Connery, and that was it."

 
 
"Love is something that I've definitely felt a couple of times. It never worked out, it made me nuts, but I absolutely want to experience it again. And it's about f--king time!"

 
 
When talking about football and the day before he went to sing for Andrew Lloyd Webber
"I support the Celtic football team, which was in the semi-final for the European cup, and it was the first time they've been in for many years. I went to the game the night before in Glasgow with all my crazy Glaswegian friends who screamed at the top of their lungs the whole night, and I had to sit there and clap to protect my voice because I was singing for Andrew Lloyd Webber the next day in London."

 
   
 
+++ FAMILY +++...............................................................
       
 
Opening up about his dad
"I spent many years not knowing where my dad was... Not knowing if my dad was alive, even. He turned up when I was 16 out of the blue."

 
 
"My dad was nuts. He was a very entertaining man, the best story-teller, the best joke-teller, like a big kid. I realised I had a lot of anger in me about not having spent my childhood with him, but when I met him and got to know him, I realised he was just trying his best, the way he knew how. He was quite an irresponsible man, but I don't think he had a lot of evil in him. He was very childish in a way, but a good man. I am really glad I got to know him."
The Scotsman (August 7, 2004)

 
 
On his father's death
" I loved his swan song, that he went out with such a brave face. I hope I could be as brave as him if the same thing happened to me, to keep such humour."
The Scotsman (August 7, 2004)

 
 
"I literally walked into my house and my stepdad said 'keep your jacket on your dad's here'. We hadn't heard from him for 12 years and I had to walk into a restaurant and I had to walk round all these tables and I was literally like, is that my dad at that table? Is that him over there? And it just makes you appreciate as a person and as an actor how some things, they just don't show. I think as an actor when you start out you just want to show everything and then you realise so much of your pain or happiness is concealed. When I sat down in front of my dad I didn't realise it was such a huge concern to me but I couldn't talk for the next four hours, I couldn't stop crying, I could barely breathe and I didn't know all that pent-up sadness was in there. At the end of the day that was the man who fathered me and he suddenly turned up."
The Herald - Glasgow (February 9, 2002)

 
 
"I don`t know if I ever went to those extremes," he says. "I did spend a lot of my childhood playing out movie scenarios in my head. I`d walk along the road, pretending like I was in the army, talking on the radio, and doing maneuvers. I dreamt a lot about performing in movies and living in fantasies. I had a lot of powerful dreams - some of them terrifying. One was about being in an underground tunnel, and this train was coming behind me. I smashed up my room trying to get away and then climbed out the window. My mom had to pull me back in by my legs. When I woke up, I thought my heart was going to explode. These were the kind of dreams I had. Some were fantastical, like skateboarding through planets and space. I`d wake up and wish I could manipulate these dreams and control them."

 
 
Gerard Butler's mom brings him down to Earth
"I go home and they'll cook Christmas dinner, and she's like, 'C'mon, give a hand, come on, wash the dishes or put the dishes away.' And I'm like, 'Mom, I am a major Hollywood movie star, I can't be doing this. It's embarrassing.'" "I go home and they (my parents) cook Christmas dinner, and she`s like, `C`mon, give a hand, come on, wash the dishes or put the dishes away`. And I`m like, `Mum, I am a major Hollywood movie star, I can`t be doing this. It`s embarrassing`," said Butler. "I end up on my hands and knees, wiping up the floor," he added.

 
 
"My mum said to me, 'Your music is beautiful but it's so sad.' I love music that seems to put me in a melancholy place."
USA Today (January 20, 2005)

 
   
   
+++ LAWYER +++...........................................................
       
 
"I wasn`t going to be an actor. I was going to be a lawyer. I came from a family just above working class, just below middle class, a great family of wonderful values. The idea of me having a chance for a law degree was enticing. Enticing to me but also very enticing to my family. Wow, one of our own is studying law at university!"

 
 
"I was a week away from qualifying and they let me go very quickly. I was just insane. I was never going to be a lawyer. I had no enthusiasm."
Venice Magazine (November 1, 2003)

 
 
talking about his decision to leave his career as a lawyer to pursue acting after having seen "Trainspotting" on stage
"A week later, I packed my bags and moved to London to become an actor. I had no connections, no experience, no training, and no prospects. Everybody was laughing at me. Everybody was thinking I'd just messed up my whole career."

 
 
"I had been such a high-flyer up until that point-I was president of my class, tops at my school, I landed a top job with a top firm. But I was miserable. I was drinkin' too much, and I knew in my heart that being a lawyer was not what I wanted to do. Anyway, at one point I had missed work so often that I was on my final warning-and strangely enough, a week before, I'd gone to see "Trainspotting," the play, at the Edinburgh Festival, and had my heart broken watching this guy play the lead, Renton, thinking, I know I can do this. So after I missed work again, they let me go. I had to call my mom that night and say 'I know you thought I was going to be a lawyer, but I'm not. I've just been fired.'"
Interview Magazine (December 1, 2004)

 
 
"I was pretending to be this lawyer in a very traditional Edinburgh firm, but I felt like a little Glasgow boy who was totally at sea and could barely scramble a meal, let alone deal with clients and do complicated legal work."
The Scotsman (August 7, 2004)

 
 
"I'm very happy, but I've had a pretty intense and crazy life. I've been through a lot, and a lot of it I wish that I hadn't. As an actor, I'm so glad that I went through it all because if I hadn't had been through the craziness that I went through, I'd be a lawyer."
Sun Sentinel (January 4, 2005)

 
 
"I used to love to drink. At one point in my life, I was not interested in anything else but drinking. It may sound crazy, but in retrospect, I was blessed to have the period of life like that. Because of my drinking, I almost ruined my life, and would say that it made me loose my career to succeed as a lawyer. But if it wasn't for this, I may have been a lawyer but living a miserable life, and never would have achieved this happy life as an actor. So that was not such a bad thing. I had drinks with whoever wanted to drink with me, and those friends who drank with me taught me many great lessons. So I can say that drinking ruined one of my careers, and nurtured my other career. Because of my experience from this terrible period, I understand that the life has its ups and downs. I also understand that there is a part of me inside which becomes hysteric and very emotional, but that's a part of my soul. In the past eight years, I have not had a drop of alcohol. Now I love drinking coffee, and also drink coke once in a while."
Japanese Dear Frankie Official Website (May 31, 2005)

 
 
"I was never into law. Even now, I never read contracts. I just sign them."
Glamour UK (September 2003)

 
 
"My manager and my agents, they go over my contracts."

 
 
"Now, I feel like I`m sitting pretty," he says. "I`m loving the work and loving keeping up with it all. It`s good times at the moment; I sometimes complain, but then I`m reminded by people that I could be mopping up toilets somewhere or, which is even worse for me personally, be back as a lawyer in Scotland!"

 
 
"I sang in a rock band when I was training as a lawyer. You know, not professional, we just did it for fun. We just did gigs all over Edinburgh and some in Glasgow and some at festivals."

 
 
Band of lawyers
"I was training to be a lawyer... I was president of the law society at Glasgow University, and my bass guitarist was my secretary of my law society; the lead guitarist and writer worked at the law firm that I worked."

 
   
   
+++ WOMEN / MEN +++.........................................................
       
 
"My problem with women is I love them all, really."

 
 
"I appreciate and love women for many reasons, tall and small, plump and skinny, and crazy and demure. I see beauty in all of them."

 
 
"Sometimes along the way in my life I don't want a smart woman right now, I want a dumb woman. But then you think, 'That doesn't work, now I want a smart woman.' Then you get a smart woman and you go, 'No, that doesn't work.' So it's just killing me right now."

 
 
"If a woman has great breasts, I'd love to tell her so. But in polite society, you can't do that. Which is a shame."

 
 
"We've taken something as simple as sexual attraction, something that`s in our DNA, that's basic to society, and turned it into something complicated. We`ve made the rules we must abide by that make it difficult to connect with each other."

 
 
"If I see a woman who is sweet and innocent, I fall in love with her, I want to hug her and take care of her and all that lovely stuff. Then I see this sex-kitten type walking past me and I think, 'Wow! That's my woman!' I appreciate women for all sorts of reasons and it can get complicated."

 
 
"Men are far more simple than women might think."

 
 
"Men are much more weak and vulnerable than they let on. I am full of phobias about commitment. Yet, when you break through those barriers, it's great."

 
 

"I am for equal opportunities. Why should it be the guy's job to kiss? If a woman wants to kiss she should totally do that. I think it is awesome when women take the lead. I love that idea."

 
   
   
+++ STUNTS +++............................................................
       
 
about the stunts he did in the movie, The Bounty Hunter
"I was jumping up and down, onto roofs and off of roofs and onto cars I was doing a lot of crazy stuff. That's where I picked up most of my injuries."

 
 
"I love doing the stunts. It's as simple as that."

 
   
   
+++ MOVIE - HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON +++...................................
       
 
"I saw this movie [How To Train Your Dragon] and thought 'Wow, I would really like an animated kid.'"

 
   
   
+++ MOVIE - THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA +++....................................
       
 
Discussing his preparations for his role in 'Phantom of the Opera'
"By that point, I had started taking singing lessons. And after the first session, I mean, I was surprised that the windows didn`t shatter. And after the third session, I really didn`t know where this voice had come from."

 
 
"I started singing for The Phantom in January, and we started filming in October and I sang all the way through to the next June. In fact, I was singing for about two months before I even knew I had the role."

 
 
"When I went to Scotland to do another movie, I would sing with a coach up there and then when I went to New York I sang with a coach over there-I mean I've now sung with coaches in LA, New York, London, Glasgow, St Louis and Rio de Janeiro!"

 
 
"I had to get used to wearing a mask and wearing a prosthetic and performing with those things while singing and expressing myself through stylized movement, while keeping it as human as possible so the audience could be closer to the horror of the Phantom."

 
 
"Choosing the right mask helps you... We went through many masks. It was very particular leather that as soon as you smudged it, you had to get a new one. We went through about 55 masks."

 
 
"I always find stuff in my characters to relate to."

 
 
"I had to go and sing with the musical director of the film, Simon Lee, who is just incredible, and it went great. I sang with him about five things, things we'd worked on. And then I went to sing for Andrew Lloyd Weber."

 
 
"I had to prove myself to a lot of different people."

 
 
"I knew I'd just done one of the most amazing things that I will ever get a chance to do. Just to be part of a musical that's not your background and to pull it off and to think that we've done something that's really special."

 
 
"I was getting to bed about 10 pm so wound up and not getting to sleep by 11, and because I was putting the prosthetics on for five hours, I had to be up at 3 in the morning."

 
 
"The Phantom, as well as being backed up by that music, it just so was a role that I identified with so powerfully. From the first second that I walked on to perform."

 
 
"I mean, I made The Phantom, although The Phantom was, believe it or not, an independent film. It was just a very large, expensive independent film."

 
 
"I felt like retiring after The Phantom."

 
 
"I had never done that before: singing while trying to give a cinematic performance. The temptation is to open your mouth and belt it out and do something theatrical, which would just be ghastly because every time you open your mouth it's 30 feet wide on a big screen."

 
 
Quote on preparing for The Phantom
"I went from somebody who didn`t sing to somebody who didn`t speak."

 
 
"On Phantom... I listened to the music while I was reading the script. And it had just blown me away. I really... I was so excited about it. It's been a long time since I really got so excited about something."

 
 
"I have a level of fear going into every project, and that's what keeps me going."

 
 
"At first it was a bit strange and daunting to have to wear a mask, but afterwards I came to enjoy it. In warm conditions, though, it started to slip off my face. Other times they used this double-sided sticky tape, and I literally couldn't get it off my face. I would feel like I was ripping my face off and I had a lot of cuts and bruises because of it-huge red marks. People might think it was method acting."

 
 
"Of course, if Phantom makes me a star, I will still be unknown. 'The Phantom of the Opera' is probably the biggest movie I've done, and for most of the film, I'm wearing a mask and a cape, and it's the least recognizable I've ever been. When I watch the film, I think, Is that really me? And I like that. Maintaining my anonymity suits me."
New York Times (March 13, 2005)

 
 
"When I read the script, I kept wiping tears from my neck. But I didn't know if I could do the singing. I started training even before I had the role. I sang so much during the filming of 'Dear Frankie,' my co-stars kept telling me to shut up."
New York Times (March 13, 2005)

 
 
"That character breaks my heart. I have such warmth and compassion for him. And I think he represents the fear that so many of us have - being alone and never having the things that we have a right to have: a companion, life, love. I think there's always a deep-down fear in all of us that suddenly we'll become repugnant to everybody else."
The Boston Globe (July 20, 2003)

 
 
on his family and friend's reaction to his auditioning for POTO
" Everybody said that! I said 'It's Phantom of the Opera' and I watched their mind processes and they went 'really? Is it a musical?' and I said 'yeah!' and they went 'hmm, can you sing?' and I went 'apparently, Andrew Lloyd Webber thinks I can ..."
Good Morning America (December 14, 2004)

 
 
"Yeah, I'm happy, I mean, it's busy, I'm all over the place, it's crazy, but I've done many movies that I have to talk about that I'm not proud of and I have to pretend to be ... THIS [Phantom], I love."
Good Morning America (December 14, 2004)

 
 
"It was an incredibly bizarre experience. The emotion that came out when I met him showed me how much sits in this body of yours - how much pain and sorrow that you don't know you have until it is unleashed. I think The Phantom of the Opera speaks to us all about the fears we have in life, our imperfections, about being alone. The story itself is heartbreaking, tragic, powerful and emotional and one that touches everybody."
The Times Online (December 11, 2004)

 
 
"If there's one thing I say about myself as an actor, it's that I'm not scared to try and not be sexy - and I'm not scared to try and be lost and be unable to cope. But I know that I can go the other way, as well, and play it powerful. With The Phantom you have all those things going on. You have this exceptional accomplished person who has this power and charisma that's almost magical, but at the same time there's this side that's like a lost little boy."
South China Morning Post (December 23, 2004)

 
 
"If you abandoned yourself to that world and that character and that period surrounded by extras in the same period clothing and costumes and listening to that music all the time, you give in and you let that music become a part of your soul. Then you can live it and breathe it, which is really what I was trying to do."

 
 
"I was amazed and upset by the looks I got just walking around the studio... It illuminates the ugliness and the beauty that exists within each of us, and that's what this story represents to me."

 
   
   
+++ MOVIE - 300 +++............................................................
       
 

On the success of the movie '300'
"
You come out of that movie so pumped up, so ready to die for your friends or your country or anything. Like, 'I will fight for my parking space! I will kill. This is MY parking space!'" (laughs)

 
 
on why he trained so hard for his role in '300'
"You know that every bead of sweat falling off your head, every weight you`ve pumped -- the history of that is all in your eyes. I wanted to look really strong. I've seen so many actors play these kinds of roles, and you see all this equipment on either a big belly or skinny little arms. That was a great thing, to put on that cape and put on that helmet, and not have to think, 'S**t, I should have trained more.' Instead, I was standing there feeling like a lion."

 
 
"I thought, 'Oh s**t. Here we go again!' (laughing) This script was so inventive and had a real mystery, it was very poetic. In fact, some of it I found quite funny because when you describe, 'a falling virgin lets the dying gasps of a soul out as he hits the ground,' you think, 'How can he possibly show that?' And in some ways there is a suggestion as to the type of world and feel that you are coming into. It felt very classy and very dark and very difficult. I just thought, 'This guy is fierce, this guy is ferocious. This guy is awesome and I want to try and be that guy.'"

 
 
"I love the music in this film. I think it's a great job and this is exactly the type of movie, the music I hoped for. At times it's very operatic and it also contains an element of mysticism of another type, and then its absolute rock as well. That's really what sets it apart. It says, 'We're not taking this too seriously, but at the end of the day this is also a very entertaining story told in an action packed way.' If you can be moved or inspired or just feel something about these people and what they went through and what they stood for, then that's awesome too."

 
 
WYou've got to move on and it's a shame because there's a part of you that thinks, 'I was so attached to that movie and it's success and what it meant to me.' There's a part of you that wants to pull that off again. I heard some back room chatter about another 300 movie. I don't know if it would be a sequel or a prequel but I haven't read anything. I can't see it myself, the idea in general. I'm not sure which way they would go with that. When Russell Crowe did Gladiator he didn't come back and do another one. Like mine, his character died."

 
 
"I had my whole body shaved. We started waxing - and I had a lot of respect for women after that - but I left for the girls (the eyebrows), because it just hurt so much that the next day I asked for a razor and shaved my whole body. But here we actually tried some prosthetics on first - tried to change my forehead or something like that. And then Zack (Snyder) just said, 'No, no, no, I just want Rodrigo the way he is.' The eyebrows were actually the makeup artist's idea, just to cover with prosthetics. There was no need to, really. 'Oh, after all my body, I`m going to be scared of this? No.'"

 
   
   
+++ MOVIE - GAMER +++........................................................
       
 
"In actual fact Game wasn't an obvious choice for me. There were bigger budgeted and more obvious films that I could've done, but I felt these guys have an incredible imagination and a freshness and an edge and a risk-taking about them."

 
 
"Kable is like a classic silent hero, there's a beauty to that, and it also means I don`t have to learn so many lines. I`ve been crossing them out! They said that about Steve McQueen and they`ll say that about Gerry Butler" He unleashes an infectious giggle. "He only had three and he took two away!"

 
 
"If I'd done Crank, maybe I wouldn't have ended up doing this movie. To me, this is layered. It's showing how society allows real violence into our lives. And Mark and Brian are so naturally talented. They're guys who understand testosterone and masculinity, and they're just going for it."

 
 
"I wouldn't say it's been that tough, but it`s enough to make me seriously consider retiring. It's the intensity of it. I did a ten-man fight sequence recently, and we did the whole thing over a hundred times. Kable's a warrior, but he`s not fancy and he's using full force and brutality to kill ten guys. And in the middle of that fight I`m getting smashed, I'm falling all over the place, I`m pounding guys. And, I had to do it time and time again. That's where, in some ways I blossom, because when my backs up against the wall, that`s when I really turn it on. It's that 300 mentality."

 
   
   
+++ MOVIE - BEOWULF & GRENDEL+++............................................
       
 
"It's a very unusual retelling, unlike the poem, what you realize, the audience has already had the advantage of meeting the troll. In a way it's a metaphor for racism. Grendel comes from another race that humans don't understand. Beowulf wants to fight and Grendel doesn't want to fight, so he's left in this standoff position with an enemy who he starts to appreciate. It's not really an enemy, but something that's more beautiful and pure than half of the human beings. And yet they're on this inevitable path towards conflict. It's one of the most fascinating, unusual stories I ever read. A whole new language has been created in the vein of the sagas. It's told almost dispassionate, but yet it creates such emotion to witness. Even if the movie doesn't do business, I'm so glad I did it."
MovieHole.Com (December 22, 2004)


 
 
"There was always something very special attached to this project. It was a passion project for so many people and to see it come and be a movie, and to see the reaction that it had and has had all around the world at all these different festivals from so many people, for them to be so kind of profoundly affected by it and feel so strongly about it, it has just been great. For all the more reason because it's just a little movie. But it's something in a way that you feel you helped discover."
about.com (March 3, 2005)


 
 
"Some people say, "Don't you think that that's weird?" And actually, no. Maybe I look at it too naively but I think that the fact that I have touched those people as opposed to another actor or person... Because when I choose my roles and very often when I play them, you imagine that if you connect with something like this, then there surely are going to be a few other people out there who are going to feel those feelings. I know that when I play roles I often feel those feeling so intensely I can't describe it. And they are often exceptionally poignant or life-changing feelings, and I think that just some other people get that. And when they get that, they feel it strongly about it. And how can you not be happy at that?"
about.com (March 3, 2005)


 
 
"It was amazing. Again, it grabbed me because it was so unusual. Everything about the structure of the script, the depth of the characters, was just what you wouldn't expect in a Hollywood period piece movie about warriors. It's deeply psychological and deeply spiritual, and very weird and profound."
about.com (March 3, 2005)


 
 
"I think there's a lot of action in it but I don't think that's what it is about. That's not what the poem is about. They're both about the life and maturity and development and death of a great warrior. I think the poem is far more about Christian ideals. The movie steps outside that and shows Christianity washing over those Vikings. But in actual fact deals with who is to say what is good and what is evil."
about.com (March 3, 2005)


 
 
"The poem is much more about pure good versus pure evil. Whereas the movie, Beowulf goes to take on this troll who they all perceive as a demon and filthy and ignorant and sadistic, only to discover that that's not actually the case. It's just something that nobody had ever taken the time to understand because it's different. And yet at the same time, he knows he's on this kind of inevitable path towards conflict just because he's a human and it's a troll. But in some ways it is more pure than half of the people that he associates with (laughing)."
about.com (March 3, 2005)


 
 
"I'm flattered, really, but I played up my manly side for this role -- for Sturla's sake -- because Beowulf couldn't be limp now, can he? Part of me was hankering to find his soft side."
The Vancouver Sun (March 10, 2006)


 
 
"In this version of the story, we get a very layered study of what it means to be a warrior. He first goes on a voyage, a mission, but he ends up going on a very spiritual journey. It's an exciting hero epic because it deals with both sides -- the dark and the light -- not just of the narrative, but the characters themselves."
The Vancouver Sun (March 10, 2006)


 
 
"You don't often get characters like Beowulf -- this archetypal hero -- who suffers so much from understanding. He takes responsibility for his actions, which pushes him to mature, but it also forces him to question his own purpose, and I found that very interesting. I adored his relatability. Even though he's this hulking force, he's very human and that's finally what makes a role interesting for an actor."
The Vancouver Sun (March 10, 2006)


 
 
"Well, being as macho as I am, I can't compete with Philip Seymour Hoffman. He's always going to win out for those types of roles -- and I'm not being facetious when I say this, but I would like to play the different types out there. I'd like to play the insane and infirm sometimes, but so far, I've been playing military types and warrior kings, which is fine too. I'm not complaining. If anything, it makes me work harder. I want to bring the vulnerability to those roles, and that pushes you to find subtleties in a character that aren't on the page. If I have one career ambition -- as the so-called manliest man acting today -- then I would like to be remembered as the one who blended macho-ness with sensitivity.... without looking stupid or completely self-absorbed."
The Vancouver Sun (March 10, 2006)


 
 
"It is very dark and powerful and more based on reality than this. What I love about this story is that it never goes the way you expect. It also has such a melancholy, but truthful message about the lack of understanding for anything different. For the first time, Beowulf has underestimated a foe who is actually very intelligent and is proving to be a great warrior. Beowulf was never really challenged. This is the first time a person really shakes him."
Toronto Star (September 15, 2005)


 
 
"It's interesting to play this role because it humanizes Beowulf rather than him being a macho character."
Toronto Star (September 15, 2005)


 
 
"I was overwhelmed by so much reception. I now love Japan."
Nikkei Shinbun (July 11, 2005)


 
 
"You know, I went to the BAFTA screening of the film, and during the last five minutes, I literally cried. I remembered hearing the music and seeing the setting and I got all choked up. I couldn't help it. I have so much affection toward this story and how it turned out. I'm so glad I had the foresight to see its truth, beauty and charm in the script. And that others got it, too."
The Arizona Republic (April 14, 2005)


 
   
   
+++ MOVIE - LARA CROFT TOMB RAIDER - THE CRADLE OF LIFE +++........................
       
 
"In the audition I kept thinking, 'I'm going to screw this up.' But my character was too good to miss - he's a complete rogue. The kind of guy who's screwed everybody over, including Lara. He's even trained with terrorists. He's not evil, he's just a bad boy."
Glamour UK (September 2003)


 
 
"To be honest, I am very much a bad boy, but with a good heart."
Glamour UK (September 2003)


 
 
"Angelina had wanted a stronger male character to play opposite her, and I think one of the other advantages in that was a sense of competition."

 
 
"Angelina came up, and as soon as we said hello, I thought, This is going to be great. I'm really going to love doing this with her. And I did. And then I was very excited to do the movie after that."

 
 
"As long as you do the best work that you can and not make it bland... because you're going down a lane that is trying to make everybody happy. You have to take an angle on these things."

 
   
   
+++ MOVIE - THE UGLY TRUTH +++...............................................
       
 
"And we're way more carnal than women would like to believe. We want arousal, we want to have fun. This is me as Mike, my character speaking by the way," Butler jokes. "No, the idea is that we`re looking for two different things. And men and women, we need to find a way to meet in the middle."

 
 
"If you ever sit and watch a movie with me that has any kind of emotion in it, you'll see the tissue box come out," Butler confesses. "I can really get into the masculine thing, my default is definitely a guy`s guy. But there are a lot of other parts to me, too."

 
 
"I think it's funny when an actor plays a role, and suddenly everybody asks, 'What's your secret to a happy relationship?' " he says. "I want to go, 'I don't f-ing know!' I'm not Dr. Gerry. I have no idea."

 
 
"Let's just say I`ve been dating," he shrugs. "I'm pretty good at keeping that silent. Y'know, my last two girlfriends - one was two years, one was a year-and-a-half - nobody at the tabloids ever found out that I was dating them. Yet, at the same time, according to the press, there were five other relationships - or 100 other relationships! - that I was having which were completely fictitious."

 
 
"I don't think I'm pushing my luck too far with Mike, although that is something that I like to do," Butler says. "There's definitely a lot of me in this character, but I think it's more about me just being boisterous and fun. But I do think a lot of those values Mike espouses go on in both men and women if we're honest about how we look at each other," he adds. "At the end of it, we're both human."

 
 
"I know I`m really going out on a limb here and ending my career," Butler grins. But he`s just trying to be honest. And he has this particular thing for running his eyes over a shapely behind. "There are times when I just turn around and look at an ass." And, he adds with cheerful defiance, most guys he knows do the same thing."

 
 
"I must say that I think Katie is deeply flawed in her misunderstanding of what goes on in a lot of men's minds," he says mischievously. But guys are often in the dark too."

 
 
"We've never known as guys what the hell women talk about when they go to the restroom - they always go to the restroom together."

 
 
"At the end of the day, that's what's beautiful and that`s where the redemption is in the movie. We all at the end of the day - through our games and our weaknesses and our flaws - are after the same thing. We all want companionship... and it comes together really well. And I think the battle of the sexes is the battle of the audiences in this movie."

 
 
"I think when this stuff is thrown out there, it's so kind of shocking and unexpected, but the guys are saying - 'Thank god somebody said that.' And the women are like - 'You know what? I knew it! I bloody well knew it!' That's why I think it's a huge relief that this stuff is put out there in this movie."

 
 
"Is that really how we should be communicating with each other?" he asks. "If we like somebody?"

 
 
"I am very much a man and I naturally bring a masculinity to those roles. Mike Chadway in "The Ugly Truth," for example, could have been played in many different ways. ... But I also think I`m attracted to roles where guys get to talk about the mythical struggle of guys and what it is to be a man."