Gerard Butler laughs off death threats over movie role
Sep 13 2011
GERARD Butler yesterday tried to put a brave face on deaths threats he was sent over a controversial film role.
The Paisley-born actor is playing the lead in Machine Gun Preacher, a true-life story of a Hells Angel who rescues orphans from war-torn Sudan after becoming a Christian.
But he was forced to hire ex-servicemen as bodyguards to protect him at the films launch at the Toronto Film Festival.
The death threats were revealed at an interview at the festival but the star refused to reveal details.
On his way into Sunday nights premiere, he laughed and joked with the crowd and had pictures taken with them. However, a film company source admitted they were worried.
They said: It is quite a controversial subject and some people are upset by the strong religious theme. We are treating this matter seriously.
The films evangelical fervour and its story of a Christian helping Muslim children in a Muslim country has caused the backlash.
Gerard, 41, has reservations about bodyguards. He said: When we came out of the airport we were attacked by this crowd of paparazzi, crowding in, yelling, flashbulbs popping.
We couldnt move and the bodyguard was just sort of standing there. Hello, I could have used you then.