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Gerard Butler talks to ELLE style and Brazil on women in film
Written by Fernanda Jacob
Known for roles in romantic comedies like PS I Love You and The Ugly Truth or explosive long as 300 and Invasion the White House, Gerard Butler generates buzz wherever he goes. At grazing by St. Paul to record an advertising campaign, the Scottish actor talked exclusively with ELLE Brazil on style, gender difference in film and even on Carnival. Curious? Check out the following chat:
What is your relationship with the fashion world?
I like fashion and I feel good about what I wear. Honestly not too serious about it, I am more than feel like I'm wearing a cool thing. That shirt (he points to the model is wearing), have been around for a long time. I'm not the kind of person who leafs magazines to see what people are using, but I have my favorites, parts where I feel comfortable. That's as far as you go! I have a few designers that I love and consider cool, like Rogan, Rag & Bone, Matcheless (they're amazing, is my newest favorite brand), Zadig & Voltaire and John Varvatos.
You usually get involved in the costume of your characters? Gives opinions?
Certainly. I talk a lot with the costume designers and the director. I think the clothes in a movie are a mixture of view of different professionals. There are long in which I got already getting almost 30 hours in the costume room - or because the film has many looks involved, or because the clothes are very specific. In Phantom of the Opera, for example, it took a lot to get the right shade at the right expression, the ideal material, the perfect outfit, the more makeup that matched the shade ... Sometimes you feel that spends more time with the costume designers than own film set!
It usually takes something of costumes from the films to life?
They [the costume designers] know many interesting ways to dress a person, especially those that add personality to the characters. When you play, you're always saying something through the clothes. Sometimes they can give you a play any, but add a scarf or make a tear here and there and suddenly it becomes more alive, more colorful and richer.
What is the worst mistake a person can make fashion?
Probably when they are so preoccupied with their clothes that end up feeling uncomfortable. When they are more concerned about the impact that will cause than with the practicality of production itself.
Much is said about machismo in Hollywood. Do you think there is a difference in the treatment of men and women in cinema?
Yes. I think there are differences in both the executive side of the industry as the artistic side. There are so many, if not most actresses as talented as actors and yet the papers they are not as interesting and satisfactory. And they also do not always get the same thing as us. I would love to see a change in this framework. Especially because there are wonderful actresses out there who do not have the chance to have the roles they deserve. Often they are much better than actors- and I include myself in this!
You ever been to Brazil several times. What do you think of our style?
I've been many times in Brazil, eight or more, and can say that is one of my favorite countries. I spent long periods here, last time I was six weeks traveling. And one of the reasons why people are so fond. No doubt you have the most beautiful women in the world. I love the sense of style of you. At Carnival, for example, only to see the colorful, sexy and fun way women dress, it's amazing. The confident way they dance! Rodrigo Santoro is a good friend of mine and the first year he paraded in a samba school I was there. They had just entered the street and let me keep the edge, watching the school pass. I put on my shirt and I was dancing in the corner. Just being there was too much. I arrived in Brazil before the party, so I could see closely the preparations for the parade and understand the importance of it to people. Just remember I'm already creepy! It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life to participate in this process.
You have three movies coming out in 2016. You can briefly describe the characters of each of them?
In Invasion to London I play the right arm of the president, a Secret Service agent. He is strong, dedicated, powerful and very vengeful. Already in Geostorm I'm a father and a brilliant designer who designed a space station malfunction. He has a big ego and very few social skills. I think the story of the film is about learning from him to put that aside and mature. Finally, God of Egypt I live the god Set, who is the villain. He is the god of fire and darkness, a disturbing character. However, at the same time it is also sexy and oddly charming.