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PostSubject: Gerard Butler, in Trinidad, Officially Joins Jamaica Tallawahs    Sat Aug 24, 2013 10:01 pm

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Gerard Butler, in Trinidad, Officially Joins Jamaica Tallawahs

By the Caribbean Journal staff

Hollywood actor Gerard Butler has officially joined his new Jamaica Tallawahs cricket team as they compete in the CPL semifinals in Trinidad this weekend.

Butler was revealed to have purchased an equity stake in the team earlier this week.

“Absolutely [it is a long term commitment],” he said. “I did not do this just to be in it for a couple of weeks. I did it because I hope this new league is a long-term league and that it keeps going and keeps building so it is an investment you hope will build, but also it is an excuse to come out here [to the Caribbean], to a place I love.”
Butler also said there would be a “bit of a rivalry” with fellow actor Mark Wahlberg, who purchased an equity stake in the competing Barbados Tridents at the end of July.

“Absolutely,” he said. “At one point we were going to invest in the same team and then we thought it would be better to keep it separate – ‘You take Barbados and I will go with Jamaica.’

Butler attended the match between the Guyana Amazon Warriors and the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel in Port of Spain on Thursday night.

“I see the excitement — I ask people ‘what was it like before?’ and they say ‘It was always fun but now it is a really fun,’” he said. “It is much bigger, it is more exciting, it is just more. It feels like it is becoming the European Champions League of the Caribbean. I think Hollywood will take more of an interest in this and hopefully around the world.”

Butler said he had personally visited Jamaica “a lot” and had a “special affection for that place.”
“And they have Chris Gayle, so I thought that would be the one to get involved with,” he said.

The CPL runs through Saturday, with the final at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain on Saturday.
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PostSubject: Re: Gerard Butler, in Trinidad, Officially Joins Jamaica Tallawahs    Sat Aug 24, 2013 10:04 pm

http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2013/08/24/im-in-it-for-the-long-haul-says-hollywood-actor-gerard-butler/


‘I’m in it for the long-haul’ says Hollywood actor Gerard Butler

Port of Spain – Hollywood actor Gerard Butler has said his involvement with the Limacol Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is for the long term after he arrived in Trinidad to watch the climax of the inaugural event.
Scottish-born Butler, whose list of movie credits includes 300, Reign of Fire and Olympus Has Fallen, has secured an equity stake in the Jamaica Tallawahs, and ahead of his side’s semi-final clash with the Barbados Tridents he confirmed his desire to remain involved as the tournament goes from strength to strength.


Paul Nixon, Gerard Butler and Chris Gayle.
“Absolutely (it is a long term commitment),” he said. “I did not do this just to be in it for a couple of weeks. I did it because I hope this new league is a long-term league and that it keeps going and keeps building so it is an investment you hope will build, but also (because) it is an excuse to come out here (to the Caribbean) to a place I love.”
Butler is one of several high-profile names to become involved in the Limacol CPL with fellow actor Mark Wahlberg taking an equity stake in the Barbados Tridents while Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group is involved with the Antigua Hawksbills and is also a tournament sponsor.
“A bit of rivalry (with Mark Wahlberg)?” said Butler. “Absolutely. At one point we were going to invest in the same team and then we thought it would be better to keep it separate – ‘You take Barbados and I will go with Jamaica.’
“He recently Tweeted ‘We are unbeaten’ and I wanted to Tweet back ‘Not anymore, because we took you down (with a six-wicket win at Sabina Park on 17 August).’
“We have had a laugh about it and I am so glad he got involved in this as well and I think more will follow without it becoming ridiculous. I think Hollywood will take more of an interest in this and hopefully around the world.”
The 43 year-old actor explained his involvement with the tournament began with a conversation with his friend Ajmal Khan, the Founder and Chairman of the Limacol CPL.
“He (Ajmal) said there is a chance to create this whole new league, make it really exciting, bring in outside players and it will be the biggest party in sport because it is going to be in the Caribbean, (so he told me) ‘Think about it and you could get involved in that.’
“I thought ‘You know what, for me it is all about things that enrich your life experience.’ I want to get involved in different things so I thought how cool it would be.
“And Jamaica, for me, I have visited there a lot, I have a special affection for that place and they have Chris Gayle, so I thought that would be the one to get involved with.”
Butler attended Thursday night’s first semi-final between the Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel and the Guyana Amazon Warriors, a match won by the Warriors by seven wickets, and he said he could see immediately why the tournament has taken off to such a great extent.
“I see the excitement,” he said. “I ask people ‘What was it like before?’ and they say ‘It was always fun but now it is a really fun.’ It is much bigger, it is more exciting, it is just more. It feels like it is becoming the European Champions League of the Caribbean.
“I went to the (Red Steel – Amazon Warriors) game and it was a carnival atmosphere… among the people there was a lot of competition but it was a lot of fun and everyone was having a good time.”
During his stay in Trinidad Butler has taken the opportunity to meet the Jamaica Tallawahs players and staff and was impressed with what he found.
“They are awesome. Chris Gayle came up to me last night at the (hotel swimming) pool and said ‘We were wondering if it was you.’
“There are a lot of personalities in there but they are very warm and humble and a lot of strong and good players. I am excited and I really feel like I got behind the right team.”
Ahead of his side’s semi-final date with the Barbados Tridents, Butler was convinced his side had the right stuff to lift the inaugural title, something only time would tell.
“I do not THINK (they will win),” he said. “They will. That is how it is. I think they have got what it takes.”
Having made a movie about football, based on the true story of the United States of America team that beat England in 1950, is there scope for a movie about cricket and would he like to be involved?
“Absolutely, I think it would be great to make a cricket movie as you could come at it from many angles, whether it be the sport angle, the dramatic part of that, or somebody from another place that should not be where he is.
“There are a lot of ideas you could put into a great cricket movie. I know Brian Lara wants me to play him so I think there is a possibility there,” he joked.

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PostSubject: Re: Gerard Butler, in Trinidad, Officially Joins Jamaica Tallawahs    Mon Aug 26, 2013 8:53 pm

If the viewing numbers are accurate, then I think that explains one good reason Gerry would be involved -- exposure outside the US.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/9086784/Capital-connection-to-Caribbean-champs

Capital connection to Caribbean champs


What does Hollywood star Gerard Butler have in common with a Wellington businessman?

A winning slice of Jamaican cricket.

Butler and Wellington-based Oceanic Holding International Ltd both own part of the Jamaica Tallawahs cricket team, which yesterday won the inaugural Twenty20 Caribbean Premier League.

Oceanic Holdings director Locky Mulholland, of Wellington, said it was fantastic to be involved with the winning team. The team is sponsored by mobile phone business XOX Mobile, which Oceanic owns through a joint venture with Facey Telecom.

"We've won the whole thing, which is great," he said. "This last game would have been watched by 500 million people, so that really puts us on that map."

Mr Mulholland has been with the team in Jamaica for the past 10 days, returning over the weekend to attend the second Bledisloe Cup test between the All Blacks and the Wallabies.

He also just missed one of the club's other owners, Scottish actor Gerard Butler, known for playing King Leonidas in the film 300 and most recently in Hollywood action blockbuster Olympus has Fallen.

However, he did catch up with the team's captain, West Indies International batsman Chris Gayle, and many New Zealand cricketers playing in the league.

"I met a lot of legends of West Indies cricket and plenty of Kiwis."

Oceanic Holding International is heavily involved in the mobile phone market in developing countries, particularly the South Pacific.

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