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PostSubject: BBC written article - mentions the gum   Mon Nov 16, 2009 8:35 pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/paulinemclean/2009/11/what_the_butler_said.html


What the Butler said


Pauline McLean | 18:33 UK time, Monday, 16 November 2009


Forget stretch limos, red carpets and fancy hotel rooms. It seems the true guage of whether you've made it onto the Hollywood A-list is whether you have a man to dispose of your chewing gum.
Step forward Paisley born actor Gerard Butler - star of 300 and PS I Love You - in Glasgow for the European premiere of his new film Law Abiding Citizen.
An American fan - who follows Mr Butler to most of his premieres - presented him with her usual gift of a piece of chewing gum (thankfully fresh and still in its wrapper).
Mr Butler happily took the gift and chewed away as he posed for the photographers on the red carpet.
But as he arrived inside Glasgow's Cineworld to do his various TV and radio interviews, it became clear the gum just had to go.
And as he searched frantically for a suitable spot, a smartly suited gentleman stepped forward, whispered in his ear and quietly deposited the gum (used) in his own trouser pocket.
Service beyond the call of duty.
The 40 year old actor - who read law at Glasgow University - says he was taken aback but delighted by the hundreds who gathered at the the cinema for the premiere.
"I used to joke that Glasgow was the one place I could come where I wasn't recognised - or at least didn't attract the same level of interest as elsewhere," he says.
"This is something else - but it's lovely."
In the 12 years since he gave up law and gave acting a try, Butler has become one of Hollywood's most bankable leading men.
Mrs Brown was his first film role - playing Billy Connolly's younger brother Archie Brown - and since then he's notched up more than 20 films - from romantic comedies (PS I Love You) to horror (Wes Craven's Dracula 2000) to musicals (The Phantom of the Opera) to his best known role - in the ultra violent epic 300.
Law Abiding Citizen - his first venture as producer as well as actor, through his own production company Evil Twins - is also extremely violent (I watched most of the press preview through my fingers).
In it he plays Clyde Sheldon, a seemingly ordinary man who goes to extraordinary lengths to avenge the murder of his family.
You could shoot peas through the plot it has so many holes - would two violent house-breakers knock on the front door first and sweep antique clocks off the mantlepiece into their swag bags?
Why do all the police interviews happen inside an enormous cage a la Silence of the Lambs? - but if you're prepared to take it all with a very large pinch of salt - possibly smelling salts if you're in the least squeamish - then it is enormous fun.
It's hard to discuss Clyde without giving away the twists and turns of the plot but suffice to say he's not the simple character we first assume.
"That was part of the challenge,"says Butler.
"You feel sorry for him because he loses his family but then some people will think he goes too far, and some people will still feel sorry for him and other people just can't make up their mind how they feel about him. And that's what I like about him."
The other sign of a Hollywood A-lister is the speculation about Hollywood girlfriends and Butler has had his fair share.
"Was it true that he was dating Jennifer Aniston?"asked the reporter next to me.
"Do you think if I was dating Jennifer Aniston, I'd be keeping it quiet?" was his suitably Scottish reply.
"I'd be parading her up and down Sauchiehall Street."
Instead, it was a Scotswoman on his arm last night - his mum Margaret.
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PostSubject: Re: BBC written article - mentions the gum   Mon Nov 16, 2009 9:20 pm

er, yeah, someone would have fished the chewed gum out of the garbage if he had thrown it away.

And yeah, why was the questioning done in such a huge cage? I had wondered about that when I saw the movie.
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PostSubject: Re: BBC written article - mentions the gum   Tue Nov 17, 2009 3:33 am

Sorry, but does anyone else think it is dangerous in these times to be accepting food from someone you essentailly don't know?

I shake my head sometimes. No
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PostSubject: Re: BBC written article - mentions the gum   Tue Nov 17, 2009 4:37 am

It's the white haired lady from GALs who travels to all his premieres. She always brings him Orbit gum (sealed package). I don't know why but she's been doing it for years. Maybe there is some meaning to it. She was outside of Leno and gave him some on some video recently.
He also talks about it on one of the Glasglow interviews I posted.

It makes me think of my great grandmother who always gave me butterscotch candies.
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PostSubject: Re: BBC written article - mentions the gum   Tue Nov 17, 2009 8:04 am

If someone gave me gum every time I saw them, I'd either be thinking I had halitosis or they wanted to play tonsil hockey with me. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: BBC written article - mentions the gum   Tue Nov 17, 2009 10:42 am

DK, everytime we saw Steve we gave him chocolates, cigars and toys. What does that say?
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PostSubject: Re: BBC written article - mentions the gum   Tue Nov 17, 2009 2:44 pm

That he's sweet, smokin' and a boy toy?
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PostSubject: Re: BBC written article - mentions the gum   Tue Nov 17, 2009 10:11 pm

What did you give Gerry?
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PostSubject: Re: BBC written article - mentions the gum   Tue Nov 17, 2009 10:17 pm

Besides a headache, you mean?
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PostSubject: Re: BBC written article - mentions the gum   Tue Nov 17, 2009 10:23 pm

You conked him in the noggin?

You saw him in person, even got picture to prove it. You didn't give him anything?
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PostSubject: Re: BBC written article - mentions the gum   Tue Nov 17, 2009 11:21 pm

Are you trying to make me feel guilty? Suspect
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PostSubject: Re: BBC written article - mentions the gum   Tue Nov 17, 2009 11:42 pm

We did shop in LA I was going to give him some chocolate kisses
but we could not find a small bag.. I don't want to get him fat....
Ha ha next time we see him we need to get him something.
Maybe I can finally get a picture.....
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PostSubject: Re: BBC written article - mentions the gum   Wed Nov 18, 2009 1:24 am

don't worry, Bea, he would have shared them with his posse or thrown them out into the crowd...lol
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PostSubject: Re: BBC written article - mentions the gum   Wed Nov 18, 2009 1:51 am

That's not a bad idea. Throw him a factory sealed bag of chocolate kisses.
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