Gerry Butler Birthday Tribute from FlixChatter’s Friends

This is Part 2 of GB Birthday tribute, view Part 1: Top Five Gerard Butler Scenes

Prairie Girl

Once upon a time (sometime in 2006, actually), in an ordinary office building in the suburban midwest, I came to be a cubicle next-door neighbor with a girl who I thought was in love with someone other than her husband because she had wall-to-wall pictures (and one very special autographed picture) and posters of a tall, dark, hunky man everywhere you turned in her cube. Turns out the affair wasn’t torrid, he was an actor, from a foreign land far, far away (much like she herself) but then again, he was no ordinary actor.

The girl said he was so striking that in the very first scene she ever saw him in, she was overtaken with intense curiosity and immediately driven to know the dashing, masked stranger. Turns out the actor could sing as well, and was starring in a 2005 movie adapted from the famous stage play Phantom of the Opera when she was stricken and succumbed to his spell. Well, my proximity to her and her reverie left me vulnerable, and it wasn’t long before I was in Gerard Butler’s clutches too.
And so it was: rtm met Gerry. Then PrairieGirl met rtm. And without rtm, she may never have known Gerry the way she knows him now. And not so long after that a child (er, oh, I mean a movie blog) called FlixChatter was born. And as long as Gerry stays in the bright lights, keeps making movies, and stays his appealing, fun-loving self, we will all live happily ever after.
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Oh, and by the way, a very happy birthday to you, Gerry!
P.S. The girl has considerably “downsized” GB in her cube as of late, but that does NOT mean he’s been downsized in her heart, just on the walls ;-)

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TheScarletSp1der

Every guy, including myself, loves watching movies starring the rough, rugged hero that beats the mess out of the enemy, still looks good doing so, and gets the girl (for the most part)! Enter Russell Crowe, Daniel Craig, Hugh Jackman, even Harrison Ford, etc. But one guy in particular -Gerard Butler- seems to consistently be a part of that list. For me, it was the movie 300 that really boosted him to that level of “icon” status.

In commemoration of Gerard Butler’s birthday, I and a few other friends decided to have a “Gerard Butler Guys’ Movie Night.” The one thing it required  was to decide which movies to watch. Of course 300 is on the top of the list. But I began to look at other films that he has been in and realized just how much I had forgotten he had played in.

  • Didn’t know that he was in 007: Tomorrow Never Dies.
    (rtm note: In a blink-and-you-miss-it cameo in the opening scene)
  • Forgot about his role as Dracula in Dracula 2000.
    (rtm note: Atrocious film, but GB does make for a mesmerizing dark prince)
  • I’d like to forget Bounty Hunter and Reign of Fire.
  • Didn’t realize he could sing until I watched parts of The Phantom of the Opera.

None of those flicks made the list, by the way. But in addition to 300, the other movies that also made the cut for our list were: RocknRolla, How to Train Your Dragon, Law Abiding Citizen, and Gamer.

My personal favorite of his so far still has to be 300 and his role as King Leonidas. And here’s why…

  1. Butler completely embodied that persona as the capable leader of the Spartan nation and commander-in-chief of the Spartan warriors.
  2. His character inspired guys worldwide to hit the gym for their 6-pack abs. There are even several videos on the web on how to get abs like Leonidas and his army! haha.
  3. Plus, what other movie of Butler’s has as many repeated quotes and phrases? (“This is Sparta!” “Tonight we dine in Hell!” “Give them nothing, but take from them everything!” and “Prepare for glory!”) Quote ONE line from the film Dracula 2000? I thought not! haha.
  4. Recipient of 9 awards and 27 nominations.
  5. Every guy loves a movie loaded with awesome fight scenes! Blood, war, glory!!

Gerard Butler, if you’re reading this, thank you for some great movies….especially 300! (We forgive you for Bounty Hunter and The Ugly Truth, but, from one guy to another, please stop with the rom-coms already.) I hope you have a great birthday! Here’s to you, sir!

-TheScarletSp1der

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Dezmond @ HOLLYWOOD SPY

GB Voted Hollywood Spy's Best British Gent

Dezmond runs a periodical poll on his massively entertaining and popular blog Hollywood Spy. Back in September, he ran THE BEST BRITISH GENT poll that garnered 2,650 votes! Well, Butler won in a landslide with 1389 votes, which like Dezmond said, is kinda expected.

Dezmond gave me permission to include his quote from his post:

Why do we love him so much – he’s charming, funny, talented, a great guy, often very royal (ATILLA, 300, BEOWULF), sometimes charmingly naughty (THE UGLY TRUTH, THE BOUNTY HUNTER), often dangerous (LAW ABIDING CITIZEN, GAMER, THE REIGN OF FIRE) but usually just smashing dashing (PHANTOM OF THE OPERA). It’s our Gerry Berry :)

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Sam @ BANANA OIL MOVIES

Check out Sam’s fabulous birthday tribute to Gerry, and she too fell for his funny and charming persona. Her fave GB role is Timeline and if you’ve seen the sci-fi, time-travel-themed movie, you’ll know why he should’ve been the lead instead of pretty boy Paul Walker. Check out the trailer below based on Michael Crichton’s novel:

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36 thoughts on “Gerry Butler Birthday Tribute from FlixChatter’s Friends

  1. I tried to get into LAw Abiding citizen, but overall i didn’t find it that good. For one, i found the plot point about there being no dna evidence hard to believe. I mean, it didn’t seem like the guys were professional criminals, so it didn’t seem plausible that they wouldn’t leave any hard evidence behind. And it felt like the movie was trying to come off as more serious than it was.

    But i still agree that he is a good actor

    • one bad thing about Law Abiding Citizen, IMO, is that the reveal is made too early in the film…and thereby takes away the allure/fascination of the movie. It almost became uninteresting after that. But I still like the film. Butler is amazingly believable in it!

    • I thought LAC was fantastic in every way: the story, the execution and GB was awesome in it, especially compared to the just barely OK performance by Jamie Fox. It was a stroke of genius for GB to switch roles and play Clyde instead of Nick.

      • Yeah, I think it was an interesting role for him… and a lot more ‘juicy’ than playing the DA. I’m surprised Foxx didn’t go for that one even though GB (as the producer) offered him the Clyde part.

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  3. Bwahaha, awesome posts. I love the notion of RTM with her cube full of Gerry posters. I must defend myself, though, and say that Timeline is not my favorite Gerry performance, but merely the one in which I first experienced his hotness. :)

    • Timeline isn’t the best for me either, but it certainly is a highlight. I came across it by sheer accident in the middle of a workday afternoon while taking a semi-sick/mental health day. I was channel-surfing and up it popped. When I saw GB’s name in the opening credits, I thought how fortunate it was I picked that day to play hooky. rtm might even remember me emailing her at work to let her know I was about to watch a GB movie I’d never seen, while she was working away. Turns out he was quite good in it, very dashing (there’s that word again!) indeed ;-D

    • Ooops, sorry, yes I meant to say it was the first time you ‘fell’ for him.

      He..he.. I did get carried away a bit in the first couple of years I was ‘under his spell,’ but now I only have just one photo of him in my cube :)

      Becky, I’m with you about Timeline. I LOVE Marek so he’s an honorable mention, it’s just he’s not on-screen as much as I would like. When I saw that movie I still had no idea who he was (this was pre-Phantom) but I couldn’t take my eyes off him and I remember loving his Scottish accent!

  4. I really enjoyed reading PrarieGirl’s contribution! Ruth, this was so much fun. Thank you for the opportunity to contribute! How awesome is it that you have 1-followed GB’s career, 2-continue to dedicate several articles to him, and 3-met him personally!?! Very impressive! Who knows? Perhaps he may be a reader of your great work! :)

    • Hi scarlet, glad you liked my reminiscence, was hoping her fellow bloggers and readers would enjoy a little behind-the-scenes story about her. And great to read yours too, LOVE it that you had a GB movie night, and would have been surprised if you HADN’T picked those top five to take the GB guy prize!

    • I really enjoyed the camaraderie of being a fan of GB AND Rufus Sewell with Becky, a.k.a Prairiegirl. She’s got a knack for writing tributes for sure… you’ve got to check out the one she wrote for Rufus http://wp.me/pxXPC-2hP It’s absolutely wonderful, worth getting a personal call from the man himself IMO ;)

      I feel like a GB’s spokesperson sometimes… but I must say his career is pretty interesting to follow, hardly a dull moment. On top of the two upcoming dramatic roles, he’s also doing a Farrelli brothers’ untitled comedy with an all-star cast including Kate Winslet, Naomi Watts & Hugh Jackman http://wp.me/pxXPC-16t

      • And how lucky am I to have my own birthday sandwiched in between RS and GB! Maybe I’ll print out my RS FC tribute and send it as my contribution to The Rooftop’s group birthday card to him next year :-O Thanks for running my ode on FC!

  5. So very glad I found GB through you, and I need to thank whoever the cube-assignment gremlin was who put us next to each other – not only for Gerry, but so I could get to know you and your wonderful world of movies too. So here I am raising my glass and saying “cheers” to you both!

    • Becky, THANK YOUUUUU for your lovely tribute! I’m so touched that she made the GB tribute more of an ‘origin story’ of how I sway you into becoming a fellow Butler fan :) I can’t thank you enough for the incredible support you’ve given me & FC. Btw, the gremlin is your own boss. I thanked her for letting me be a part of her team for almost a year which led to us becoming good friends!!

      • Actually a confession of sorts is in order here. (Father, forgive me, for I have sinned! Please keep the Hail Mary penance short!) You were so ardent about GB and your consistent insistence that I be made aware of him and ALL of his activities, aside from his movies, well, kinda scared me a little, at first. I thought, wow, this cute, little chick is voraciously SERIOUS about her admiration for this guy, so I better just do what she says. I kept quiet and thought “So how bad could a little eye- and ear-candy being passed along to me be?” I readily obliged by checking out every email, every link to luscious photos, every alert as to which and when late-night talk shows he was on. And, slowly but surely, I started being intrigued on my own – started to add his films to my Netflix queue, anticipating any news from you on his whereabouts and whatabouts, that, as I said, I got hooked all on my own. I mean, look what I went through just to see his famous “bum” stunt at the very end of all the extras on the Gamer DVD! ;-). So again, I must give you all the credit for me having a #2 movie boyfriend. Now that I have the both of you, I don’t know what I’ve ever do without the two of you. Amen. And God bless ;-D

        • Ahahaha… yes, I can be quite um, passionate when I like something/someone. I am sorry that I subject you to countless news updates and photos/videos of GB… I think having this blog actually ‘cured’ me of my ardent craze for the guy as now there are more movie-related stuff that interest me. He’s still an interesting actor to ‘follow’ of course, and I’ll probably be his fan for a long time to come.

          Glad you become ‘hooked’ all on your own… and guess what, I’ve come to love Rufus more now since you’ve come under his spell, too :D

  6. This is a great collection of tributes Ruth. (I wonder if many bloggers will do the same for my CM ;) )

    I agree with Scarletsp1der..he should stop playing in Rom-com. He is better in action stuff. But honestly, I don’t like 300, my fav from GB is Law Abiding Citizen.

    • Well you should coordinate a tribute for Mr. Murphy, Nov! Count me in if you decide to do so, ok? I admire the guy a lot.

      I think GB is good in any genre, he can be intense, funny, dramatic, etc. The key is choosing a well-written script, but looks like he’s already doing that now. I’m super excited for the three very-different projects (in 3 different genres!) all due out next year. Hope to see him getting some critical recognition for a change.

        • Yeaaa thank you Ruth and Dezmond…now I have 2 candidates, but it will still have to wait till may.

          @Ruth He indeed can play in many genres, but I like seeing him as tough guy better. 3 movies in a year? wow, I’m looking forward for that. I wish one of them is a movie where he can use his accent ;)

          • Well just let us know when that happens… Cillian deserves a festive tribute! :)

            Yeah, he’s quite productive, isn’t he? He’s got Machine Guy Preacher, Coriolanus & the Farrelli Bros’ untitled comedy. I think he might be using his Scottish brogue in the last one, but I’m not sure. But one project I’m still wishing he’d do is BURNS, which is a biopic on Scotland’s most famous poet Robert Burns http://wp.me/pxXPC-W (funny I mention Cillian in that post). For sure he’ll be speaking in his native accent there!

              • Not sure what happens. It’s kind of been on and off which is so irritating. Seems like GB himself is interested but maybe it’s a financing issue. Perhaps it’s a hard sell for US audiences but seriously, there are far less known artists who’ve been adapted to a movie, and with Butler’s involvement I don’t see why it won’t be a hit. Well, I’m keeping an eye on this project so as soon as I hear anything I’ll definitely post it.

  7. I’m now expecting for Gerry Berry to call us any minute and invite us to his secret B-day party :) We did deserve it, didn’t we? :)))
    Great post, Flixy, daHling, and great input from everyone :)

    • He..he.. yeah, if only Dez, if only. But the guy’s got some serious rabid fans out there. Of course we deserve it though, you’re absolutely right about that :D

    • Me too, Castor, but I have no doubt it’ll happen. That’s why it’s fun following his career… he doesn’t always make the perfect role choices but when he does, it’s magic :)

    • Hi Hatter, I love One-Two! He made my honorable mention in my original Top Five GB Roles post http://wp.me/pxXPC-if I just couldn’t give up the other 5 that’s already on that list. I think Rocknrolla is highly entertaining and the cast is great. I mean, GB himself and then Tom Hardy, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Strong, etc. Glad you like him in that, he’s just perfect for a Guy Ritchie flick.

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