This Scottish almost-lawyer traded in his higher education to pursue acting, little did he know that he would fall into some plum roles and STILL not be recognized.
Leading off with small roles in British TV and stage productions, Gerard Butler found himself playing one of the most feared warriors in history for the USA Network production of Attila and then followed up with donning black to play the seductive, yet dialogue challenged, Count Dracula in Wes Craven\’s Dracula 2000 (or Dracula 2001 depending on where you live).
Follow that with slaying dragons alongside Christian Bale and Matthew McConnaughey in Disney\’s multi-million dollar Reign of Fire and one would think…..what next? That\’s easy — a Granada Television British mini-series The Jury and a trip back to 14th century France in Richard Donner\’s production of Michael Crichton\’s Timeline as its hero Andre Marek. He found himself opposite Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider 2 and cast as the masked madman in Andrew Lloyd Webber\’s Phantom of the Opera. Not bad for a lawyer.
Since then, he has risen to international fame with his turn as Spartan King Leonidas in 300, the dead husband opposite Hilary Swank in PS, I Love You, a father and a hero in Nim\’s Island and starring roles in the films, Game, RockNRolla, The Ugly Truth and Law Abiding Citizen. How can he NOT be a one2watch4?
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