The star glitters, but not in Glasgow!
December 1, 2009
Gerard Butler - currently one of Hollywood’s most successful movie stars - had fans from around the world waiting for hours to see him in Glasgow at the UK premiere of his film Law Abiding Citizen.
While Glasgow citizens were largely unaware of his presence, LOCAL NEWS GLASGOW caught up with Aleksandra Pastuszak and Monika Holowiecka who attended.
‘What was surprising was that many people did not even know who he was,’ said Monika Holowiecka, a Polish student at Glasgow University.
Monika has followed Butler’s career since he first came to prominence in roles such as Coriolanus and in the stage version of Trainspotting.
Fellow student, Aleksandra Pastuszak added: ‘Some of the Scottish fans and people involved in the premiere event did not know that the actor was a Scotsman!
‘In the crowd at the cinema there were more people from out of Glasgow, than from the city itself, which was quite surprising.’
On Sunday 15 November - the day after his own 40th birthday - Glasgow’s Cineworld on Renfrew Street unrolled the red carpet for the Paisley born, Glasgow University honours graduate, Gerard who was greeted enthusiastically by loyal fans from the United States, Denmark and Poland.
He arrived, wearing a kilt, and wrote autographs and gave interviews before the premiere began at 7pm.
The film, which will be in cinemas from Friday 27 November, was attended by special guests including Gerard’s family and friends.
As he left by a back door, he was stopped by a small group of dedicated fans who had waited for nearly an hour to say goodbye to him. He got out of his car, wrote autographs and thanked them for waiting and said: ‘Go see the movie!’
A Cineworld supervisor told the LOCAL NEWS that the Glasgow premiere was one of the biggest events organised by that cinema.