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Fighting fit: Gerard Butler looks a picture of health jogging after three weeks in rehab
By Sarah Bull and J J Anisiobi
Gerard Butler looked a picture of health as he jogged along Sunset Boulevard yesterday afternoon.
The 42-year-old actor seemed to be fully recovered from his substance abuse issue as he got back in to his physical training regime accompanied by his personal trainer.
The Scotsman waved to fans who screamed his name and smiled as he exercised in Los Angeles, California.
Gerard, who left rehab after being treated at the Betty Ford Center, was in good form and appeared to be fighting fit.
The 300 actor was dressed in a pair of black Asics jogging bottoms and a tight fitting grey T-shirt.
According to TMZ.com, the actor apparently sought help for his problems at the Betty Ford Center.
His spokesperson told the Mail: 'Gerard has completed a successful course of treatment and has returned home in good health.'
The website claim that Butler's issues began when he started suffering from severe pain following the filming of action movie 300 back in 2006.
It is thought that a surfing accident in December then added to the issues.
However friends of the star may be concerned he is already attending Hollywood parties in the build up to the Oscars.
He posed last night at the Weinstein Company's pre-show bash at the exclusive Soho House club in West Hollywood.
TMZ.com are reporting that Butler made the decision to enter the Betty Ford clinic three weeks ago when he decided he had become too reliant on pain medication.
The website also reported that Butler is expected to be leaving the clinic today.
Butler spoke previously about how difficult he found it to adjust when filming wrapped on the physically-gruelling action film 300.
He said: 'When when you finish filming your whole routine changes and suddenly you don't have to do what you did anymore. It's kind of weird. You feel a little lost. You don't have to hold yourself the same way physically.
'I noticed in watching the video journals that even when I wasn't performing, I was still walking around as the king and talking like him. I don't do that anymore! I can slouch again!
'There was definitely a period of adjustment and physical pain because I stopped training. That was the worst thing I could have done.'
It had also been reported last year that there were plans to make a sequel to the film, with claims in December that Joel Egerton was in line to replace Butler in the role of King of Sparta.
Then, late last year, Butler was involved in the surfing accident which is believed to have exacerbated the pain he was feeling even further.
Butler had been shooting Of Men And Mavericks in California, a movie based on the life of US surfer Jay Moriarity, playing Rick 'Frosty' Hesson, Moriarity's mentor.
He was getting ready to film action scenes when he was thrown off his surfboard and pummelled by breakers at least 12 feet high, then held underwater for two consecutive waves before being hit on the head by four or five more when he managed to swim to the surface.
Speaking about the accident in January, Butler said: 'It was a pretty close call.
'The waves just took me in, and I couldn’t get up. It was pretty hairy. It was maybe of of the few times that reports were not exaggerated.'
Butler, who is a teetotal, also spoke previously about how he became addiction to alcohol.
He said: 'I used to drink until I couldn't remember anything. I was just mad for it and on a death wish. It was madness.
'One or two drinks was never enough for me. I was a foot-on-the-floor-all-the-way drinker, so it had to go. I don't miss it.'