Gerard James Butler – or simply Gerry to his fans – turns 41 today! It’s been nearly five years since I first fell for the Scot, perhaps the longest I’ve ever had a crush on any actor. I’ve written my ‘origins’ story of how he first captured me in my first B’day tribute to him, it’s a role that still bewitches me every time I watch it. He’s also the only actor I love whom I have actually met (at TIFF 2005), an experience I shall never forget and wish I could relive it again one day (I promise I will ask first before I shake your hands, Gerry! ;))
Ever since I started this blog back in June 2009, Butler is the first actor I blog about with my review of Dear Frankie (which I originally wrote for Friendster, boy have I dated myself or what?), as well as post this riveting short film called Please! he did back in 1999 (he’s shown his dramatic range even then, and boy do I love that super thick Scottish accent!). Since then I’ve constantly featured him on FC: I’ve given you various GB news and commentaries, why he’s my pick for People’s sexiest man alive, and my open letter pleading that he’d ditch sub-par scripts (and vapid rom-coms) but keep doing the genre-jumping that he’s been known to do.
I’ve also posted my top five Gerry Butler roles … which interestingly enough hasn’t changed since a year ago. This versatile actor sure likes to genre-jump, portraying contrasting characters one after another (playing an American pastor vs. a Roman general in next year’s Machine Gun Preacher and Coriolanus). I sure hope he’d never stop mixing things up!
Well, I think I’ve said enough about this fine actor, and why write it if you can show it, right? So with that said, I present to you five favorite clips from five of my favorite Gerry Butler movies:
Phantom (Phantom of the Opera) – The sultry Point of No Return scene
Johnny Donne (BBC miniseries The Jury) – Johnny heartbroken over Rose’s confession
King Leonidas (300) – A King’s last words… “My Queen, My Wife, My Love..”
The Stranger (Dear Frankie) – The beguiling and irresistible doorway kiss
Gerry (P.S. I Love You) – The gregarious and lively karaoke scene
May the years continue to be good to you. Happy Birthday, Gerry!
This is PART 1 of the GB Birthday post, view PART 2: GB Tribute from FlixChatter’s Friends.