'Ever since I was a child, I have loved being the centre of attention but similarly I can’t remember a time in my life that I haven’t battled with all sorts of quandaries, fears and weaknesses.’ When Gerard James Butler was six months old, his parents (along with his older siblings, Brian and Lynn) emigrated from Scotland to Montreal, Canada.Eighteen months later, her marriage in tatters, Margaret Butler returned – without her husband – to a suburb of Glasgow to bring up her three children.Gerard Butler welcomed 2018 while kicking back at a beach resort in Tulum, Mexico this week.The 48-year-old movie hunk was joined by his on-off girlfriend of three years, Morgan Brown, 46, on Monday morning as they sat on the sand having a coffee.
This tongue-in-cheek charm has made Butler one of the highest paid (an estimated -20 million per film), most in-demand actors working in Hollywood.
And with the release of The Ugly Truth, a romantic comedy from the team behind Legally Blonde, in which Butler stars opposite Hollywood’s latest comedy darling, Katherine Heigl (Knocked Up), his stock continues to rise.
'Gerry is the movie’s secret weapon,’ Karen Mc Cullah Lutz, one of the film’s writers, says.
'He’s the guy guys want to be and girls want to be with.’ Butler plays Mike Chadway, a handsome, grizzly-voiced chauvinist who becomes a guest commentator on a morning television show produced by the romantically challenged Abby (Heigl), sending its ratings through the roof.
When he takes it upon himself to help Abby find love, it has some very funny – and fairly predictable – consequences. It’s Mel Gibson meets Cary Grant, where twinkling masculinity and wry sensitivity collide.