With his thick Scottish brogue and manly scruff, Gerard Butler rose to big screen fame as an appealing hero in stylish, battle-oriented epics.The lawyer-turned-actor has seduced Angelina Jolie in 2003’s Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life and serenaded Emmy Rossum from behind the mask in 2005’s The Phantom of the Opera. But it was his turn as loin-clothed Spartan King Leonidas in the $210 million hit 300 that catapulted the chiseled hunk to fame. He has done musicals (The Phantom of the Opera) and even children’s fare (Nim’s Island). That variety is key to his industry appeal. He’s definitely keeping his foot in the fact that he can be the action guy in some of the choices he’s making, but he’s also incredibly funny, charming and a ladies’ man. Here is a quick look back at his diverse roles…
300 – King Leonidas and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C.
Gamer – In a future mind-controlling game, death row convicts are forced to battle in a ‘doom’-type environment. Convict Kable, controlled by Simon, a skilled teenage gamer, must survive 30 sessions in order to be set free. Or won’t he?
Law Abiding Citizen – Played by Gerard Butler, Clyde Shelton is a family man who exacts his own form of revenge in spades after his family is murdered and the system expected to punish the killers fails miserably, due in part to the case-win ambitions of a deal-making assistant district attorney (Jamie Foxx). Viewing the entire judicial system as diseased and corrupt, Clyde – a government tactical-assassin – sets out to annihilate everyone at all associated with the trial of his family’s killers.
The Phantom of the Opera – A disfigured musical genius, hidden away in the Paris Opera House, terrorizes the opera company for the unwitting benefit of a young protégée whom he trains and loves.
RocknRolla – In London, a real-estate scam puts millions of pounds up for grabs, attracting some of the city’s scrappiest tough guys and its more established underworld types, all of whom are looking to get rich quick. While the city’s seasoned criminals vie for the cash, an unexpected player — a drugged out rock ‘n’ roller presumed to be dead but very much alive — has a multi-million dollar prize fall into his hands.
Shattered – A perfect family’s dynamic is ruined by a kidnapper’s brutally efficient plot.
Reign of Fire – In present-day London, twelve-year-old Quinn watches as his mother, a construction engineer, inadvertently wakes an enormous fire-breathing beast from its century-long slumber
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life – Intrepid British archaeologist Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie) has made perhaps the most important archaeological discovery in history: an orb that leads to the mythical Pandora’s Box
How to Train Your Dragon – A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed.
Machine Gun Preacher – Directed by Marc Forster (Monster’s Ball, Finding Neverland), the film is an inspirational true story about Sam Childers (Butler), a former biker, drug-dealing criminal who undergoes an astonishing transformation and finds an unexpected calling as the savior of hundreds of kidnapped and orphaned children in East Africa. In this film we see Gerard Butler in a completely different role than he has played in the past and it really shows his growth as an actor as well as showcasing his incredible range. To be honest, it is his best work to date and a truly inspiring film! Check out the trailer for the film below and visit the official website for more information at www.machinegunpreachermovie.org!
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