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PostSubject: Gerard Butler Needs Another Hit ... Fast   Wed Feb 17, 2010 9:30 pm

Gerard Butler Needs Another Hit ... Fast

Like most people not named Elisabeth Rappe, I first 'discovered' Gerard Butler in the outrageous action cartoon 300. Sure, I'd seen the guy in stuff like Phantom of the Opera, Reign of Fire, Timeline and Tomb Raider 2, but at that point Butler was just another character player trying to make a splash. Suffice to that Mr. Butler (and his career) made that splash with Zack Snyder's massive hit of an action film. And since Butler was the very cool lead in a very big hit ... his career was pretty much set.

But since 300, Mr. Butler has done P.S. I Love You ($54 million domestic), The Ugly Truth ($88m), Gamer ($20m), and Law Abiding Citizen ($73m). Out of four flicks, that's two rom-coms (one of which was a modest hit) and two action flicks (ditto) -- but certainly nothing that might vault Gerard Butler into the superstar stratosphere. What's due next for the actor? Hell, do the math: if you can't generate a massive hit on either side of the boy/girl fence, you do the only logical thing. A romantic comedy action flick called The Bounty Hunter.

Mr. Butler may never again appear in a hit as huge as 300, but I'm concerned that his newfound leading man status will be in jeopardy if the masses don't embrace the guy, and soon. On paper, this actor seems to have it all: the ladies like his charm and handsomeness, the men like his wise-guy attitude and versatility ... so perhaps it's the projects he's been choosing. The guy (or his agent) chooses "rom com" or "action" with a very predictable pattern -- but he needs to start picking better scripts. Butler is a fascinating lead actor in that he can do romance, wit, toughness, gravity, or tragedy, but he seems intent on picking the most basic path to super-stardom. Here's hoping the guy takes a few strange risks before the lead roles start to dry up. This guy's too cool to be stuck in generic rom-coms and conventional action fare.
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PostSubject: Re: Gerard Butler Needs Another Hit ... Fast   Wed Feb 17, 2010 10:22 pm

But really, was it the script that was bad in all of those? I still haven't seen Gamer nor UT, so I can't speak about those films.

I never wanted him to play romcoms but that was just me. I remember oh so long ago how 90 percent of all the fans begged for romcoms. I protested so hard, and hate to say it, but I think I might be right here.
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PostSubject: Re: Gerard Butler Needs Another Hit ... Fast   Thu Feb 18, 2010 10:13 am

I agree with you, Alice. I don't like rom coms, but I thought Gerry would make them better, but, alas...

I remember him saying something like he picks his projects for the uniqueness of them and it doesn't matter if he makes alot of money. But that's the kind of thing you do in your early acting days. Time's a tickin' now and he needs to be smarter on what he picks. He needs some meaty roles to prove he still has his acting chops. As you can see by my avatar, it shows my favorites of his projects. Anyway, I don't remember what all the projects from 2010 are, just Coriolanas & that Preacher Guy, but I'm afraid he's become the laughingstock in the press and will that affect people taking him seriously for his acting? And he needs to take more responsibility himself in his life and his work.
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PostSubject: Re: Gerard Butler Needs Another Hit ... Fast   Thu Feb 18, 2010 3:59 pm

Remembering the good ole days when he played Phantom and Dear Frankie.

Even something like Game of the their lives was more enticing than some of the things he's done lately.
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PostSubject: Re: Gerard Butler Needs Another Hit ... Fast   Fri Feb 19, 2010 2:13 am

pamelajane wrote:
.... And he needs to take more responsibility himself in his life and his work.

Couldn't put it more succinctly than this, PJ.
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