Creator / Gerard Butler

Gerard James Butler (born November 13, 1969) is a Scottish-born actor who's lately gotten a thing for doing Woobie characters, not that there's anything wrong with that. He's been in The Ugly Truth, P.S. I Love You, Law Abiding Citizen, Gamer, 300, The Phantom of the Opera (2004), Timeline, Dracula 2000, Reign of Fire and many more. Butler is something of a "2000s action hero", in the vein of Jason Statham and the like. However, he has also proven himself as a romantic lead, and was the lead in a musical too.

Notable roles in Butler's filmography:

  • Dyeing for Your Art: He bulked up on his own for 300, refuting claims that he was wearing a bodysuit or enhanced with CGI but developed a painkiller addiction due to how grueling the training regime was. He also trained to get in good shape for Law Abiding Citizen and Gamer - though he is in shape normally.
  • Fake American: In The Bounty Hunter, and general consensus is that his Scottish accent slipped through a lot.
  • Fake Irish: Despite P.S. I Love You changing the setting from Ireland to America, Gerard's character was still Irish. He issued a public apology to the people of Ireland for doing such a bad job at the accent. Ironically his family has Irish ancestry too.
  • Fake Nationality: In addition to the above, he's played French, Greek and Viking characters but kept his natural accent.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Tends to play a lot of tough characters or Jerkass Woobies. He's known for being one of the nicest actors around, very friendly to fans and always taking the time to get to know his co-stars and fellow crew members.
  • Memetic Badass: Thanks to his role in 300 and his iconic line "This. Is. Sparta!"
  • Star-Making Role: Despite the divisive reception, The Phantom of the Opera (2004) brought him to international attention.
  • Typecasting: As some manner of Action Hero or Jerkass Woobie.