Happy Birthday: Gerard Butler

WILDsound Writing and Film Festival Review

geraldbutler.jpgGerard Butler

Born: November 13, 1969 in Paisley, Scotland, UK

[on how building up an intimidating physique was important for 300 (2006)]: It’s easy for me to be paranoid, especially when you’re an actor playing the lead role. I have previously seen so many actors with a massive amount of armour on and then these little twiggy arms. I’m not naming any names, but some of them have these plummy accents and you think to yourself: ‘You couldn’t fight your way out of a paper bag and you’re commanding armies or are supposed to be a knight or whatever. That’s all so King Arthur. I wanted to be the guy who my men could look to and say: ‘Yeah, I would follow him.’ And the audience would look at him and think: ‘Yeah, I can see why they would follow him into battle.’ And then finally, that I would be…

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