Gerard Butler on Tomb Raider, The Cradle of Life:
Was the love scene with Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider pre-choreographed or improvised?
Gerard Butler: “If you’ve seen the scene, then you [only] see part of it because part of it is this kind of fighting involved, and slapping my wrist. You got to choreograph that, otherwise, you got nothing but a broken wrist. But then, there’s part of the scene where it’s like ‘Just let it go, go for it. Release your passions’, which we were building up for a long time, in terms of our characters. It’s a very hot, passionate, steamy scene”.
Tomb Raider, The Cradle of Life Film Trivia: Mark Twight, a former professional mountaineer and current consultant for US army special operations was hired to train Butler and co for three months, exercising 6 hours a day.
Gerard Butler on 300:
I had issues with the codpiece at the start, but not anymore. The first time I tried it on, I didn’t even have my cape on – just trainers, black socks and this leather codpiece – and I could see the smirks and I was dreading months of this. But the funny thing is that now they don’t blink an eye, and I don’t think about it. And when you work out so hard, you’re suddenly proud of the way you look. I am pretty much happy to walk around naked every chance I get, because as soon as this movie finishes it’ll all disappear again.
Have Scottish actors become hotter properties in recent years?
Gerard Butler: “Yeah, they are and I think there are a lot of reasons for that. Some people would say that Scottish actors are “en vogue” at the moment. I think that’s crap because half the time, they have to do other accents. Why would you say, ‘Let’s take this guy because he’s Scottish!’ I’m sure, at the end of the day, a studio here would rather put an American in a role if they could. It’s more of a gamble to put somebody who’s Scottish. But also, accents are interesting and the world is becoming a smaller place in terms of that and I think the Americans are far more broad-minded than the British. It’s tough for an American to star in a British movie unless they’re a huge star. America is much more the land of the opportunity. And also, I think a lot of great actors have come out of there to prove their worth: Ewan McGregor, Alan Cumming, Robert Carlyle, Ian Bannon, Sean Connery, Brian Cox. You still have to fight for the job, I don’t think you get it just because your country is “en vogue.”