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Gerard Butler net worth:
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Gerard Butler comes with an estimated net worth of $15 million dollars. He’s 6’2 and weighs 187 pounds. Butler was raised by his mom using a strict Roman Catholic upbringing. As a young lad he was interested in the artwork and joined the Scottish Youth Theater. His first part was as a a street urchin in the creation of Oliver!. Although the young boy loved the arts, Gerard did not believe that a profession as an actor was a real profession. Coming from Scotland, there weren’t many big time Hollywood celebrities that the young boy could look up to that were from his home country. Butler determined to please his family and take the standard route in life. Butler graduated near the highest part of his high school course, and registered to the University of Glasgow. Butler graduated with honours with a diploma in law.

After school, Butler took a year off to travel the planet. Butler returned to Scotland and started his two-year trainee system at among Edinburgh’s top law firms. While employed as a trainee, he understood how much he despised the profession, and he fell right into a depression which eventually influenced his work. While attending the Edinburgh Film Festival, Butler fell in love with performing all over again, and understood that was what he need to do. A week before he was to conclude the trainee system, he got fired.

Butler worked odd jobs to support himself while following his vision. Obviously, he did an awesome job and got the part. Later, Butler got the lead part in Trainspotting, the stage performance of the film he saw in the Edinburgh Film Festival that inspired him to return to playing.

Gerard Butler transitioned to movie and got parts in movies that that were not any commercial successes. It was only when Gerard played King Leonidas in 300, that Butler became a prominent performer in Hollywood. When reflecting on his life Gerard says, ” I was not going to be an actor. Gerard would be a lawyer… There clearly was something else at work, something Gerard did not have control of. If Gerard hadn’t [messed] up that occupation, I wouldn’t be sitting here right now. Gerard might be quite average attorney in a few small town in the centre of Scotland.”

Gerard Butler Net Worth $15 Million dollars



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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
How to Train Your Dragon 32018pre-productionStoick the Vast (voice)
Angel Has Fallen2018announcedMike Banning
Keepers2017pre-productionJames
Geostorm2017post-productionJake
Den of Thievespre-production
Hunter KillerfilmingCapt. Joe Glass
The Headhunter's Calling2016Dane Jensen
London Has Fallen2016Mike Banning
Gods of Egypt2016Set
How to Train Your Dragon 22014Stoick (voice)
Olympus Has Fallen2013Mike Banning
Movie 432013Leprechaun 1 & 2 (segment "Happy Birthday")
Playing for Keeps2012George
Chasing Mavericks2012Frosty Hesson
Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury2011Video shortStoick the Vast (voice)
Machine Gun Preacher2011Sam Childers
Coriolanus2011Tullus Aufidius
Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon2010TV ShortStoick (voice)
How to Train Your Dragon2010Stoick (voice)
The Bounty Hunter2010/IMilo Boyd
Dreamworks How to Train Your Dragon Legends2010Short voice
Law Abiding Citizen2009Clyde Shelton
Gamer2009Kable
The Ugly Truth2009Mike Chadway
Tales of the Black Freighter2009Video shortThe Sea Captain (voice)
RocknRolla2008One Two
Nim's Island2008Jack Rusoe Alex Rover
P.S. I Love You2007Gerry
Shattered2007Neil Randall
Guilty Hearts2006Peter (segment: Please!, 1999) (as Gerry Butler)
3002006King Leonidas
Beowulf & Grendel2005Beowulf
Needlework Pictures Presents Francesco Vezzoli in Gore Vidal's 'Caligula'2005ShortPrefect Cassius Chaerea
The Game of Their Lives2005Frank Borghi
The Phantom of the Opera2004The Phantom
Dear Frankie2004The Stranger
Timeline2003Andre Marek
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life2003Terry Sheridan
Reign of Fire2002Creedy
The Jury2002TV Mini-SeriesJohnnie Donne
Shooters2002Jackie Junior
Jewel of the Sahara2001Video shortCaptain Charles Belamy
An Unsuitable Job for a Woman2001TV SeriesTim Bolton
Please!2001ShortPeter (as Gerry Butler)
Attila2001TV Mini-SeriesAttila the Hun
Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married1999-2000TV SeriesGus
Dracula 20002000Dracula
Harrison's Flowers2000Chris Kumac, photojournalist
The Cherry Orchard1999Yasha (as Gerald Butler)
One More Kiss1999Sam
Fast Food1999Jacko
Little White Lies1998TV MoviePeter
Tale of the Mummy1998Burke
The Young Person's Guide to Becoming a Rock Star1998TV SeriesMarty Claymore
Tomorrow Never Dies1997Leading Seaman - HMS Devonshire
Mrs Brown1997Archie Brown

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Angel Has Fallen2018producer announced
Hunter Killerproducer filming
The Headhunter's Calling2016producer
London Has Fallen2016producer
Septembers of Shiraz2015producer
Olympus Has Fallen2013producer
Playing for Keeps2012producer
Chasing Mavericks2012executive producer
Machine Gun Preacher2011executive producer
Law Abiding Citizen2009producer
Wrath of Gods2006Documentary co-producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2009TV Series performer - 1 episode
P.S. I Love You2007performer: "Love You 'til the End", "Mustang Sally", "The Galway Girl"
The Phantom of the Opera2004performer: "Angel of Music", "The Mirror Angel of Music-Reprise", "The Phantom of the Opera", "The Music of the Night", "Notes", "All I Ask of You Reprise", "Why So Silent", "Wandering Child", "Don Juan", "The Point of No Return", "Down Once More/Track Down This Murderer", "I Remember/Stranger Than You Dreamt It"
How to Train Your Dragon 22014performer: "For the Dancing and the Dreaming"
Yooryung2012TV Series performer: "The Phantom of the Opera"
Saturday Night Live2009TV Series performer - 1 episode

Camera Department

Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Journey Through 'Timeline'2004Video documentary camera operator
The Textures of 'Timeline'2004Video documentary short camera operator

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Criminal2016the director would like to thank
The Iceman2012special thanks
Everything's Coming Up Rosie2009Short special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Made in Hollywood2009-2016TV SeriesHimself
London Has Fallen: Guns, Knives & Explosives2016Video documentary shortHimself
The Making of 'London Has Fallen'2016Video documentary shortHimself
Extra2007-2016TV SeriesHimself
Movie3Some2016TV SeriesHimself
The Talk2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Late Late Show with James Corden2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Live with Kelly and Michael2013-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Today2014-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
WWE Raw2016TV SeriesHimself - Audience Member
73rd Golden Globe Awards2016TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Motion Picture-Foreign Language
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2009-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself - Guest (segment "Mean Tweets")
Hollywood Film Awards2014TV SpecialHimself
Chelsea Lately2012-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Late Night with Seth Meyers2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Global Citizen Festival2013TV MovieHimself
Creating the Action: VFX and Design of 'Olympus Has Fallen'2013Video documentary shortHimself
Olympus Has Fallen: Deconstructing the Black Hawk Sequence2013Video documentary shortHimself
Olympus Has Fallen: Ground Combat - Fighting the Terrorists2013Video documentary shortHimself
Olympus Has Fallen: The Epic Ensemble2013Video documentary shortHimself
Under Surveillance: The Making of 'Olympus Has Fallen'2013Video documentary shortHimself
The 42nd Annual Juno Awards2013TV SpecialHimself
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway2013TV SeriesHimself
The Graham Norton Show2012-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Evening Urgant2013TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2005-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Piers Morgan Tonight2011-2013TV SeriesHimself
Late Show with David Letterman2010-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year2012TV MovieHimself
Good Morning America2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2005-2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Daily Show2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2009-2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Soccer Aid2012TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Daybreak2012TV SeriesHimself
The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards2012TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Janela Indiscreta2010-2012TV SeriesHimself
Sidewalks Entertainment2011TV SeriesHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2005-2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Na Nai'a: Legend of the Dolphins2011DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
In Search of Ted Demme2010DocumentaryHimself
The 4th Annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute2010TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
Formula 1: BBC Sport2010TV SeriesHimself
Cinema 32010TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Gomorron2010TV SeriesHimself - The Bounty Hunter
Entertainment Tonight2007-2010TV SeriesHimself
Xposé2008-2010TV SeriesHimself
The 7PM Project2010TV SeriesHimself
Live from Studio Five2009-2010TV SeriesHimself
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards2010TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Visual Effects
HBO First Look2004-2010TV Series documentaryHimself
Law in Black and White: Behind the Scenes2010Video shortHimself
The Justice of 'Law Abiding Citizen'2010Video shortHimself
Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
Inside the Game: Controlling Gamer2010Video documentaryHimself
The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards2010TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Screenplay
The Paul O'Grady Show2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 2009 Whitney Museum Gala2009TV MovieHimself
Saturday Night Live2009TV SeriesHimself - Host / Various
The Bonnie Hunt Show2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Jay Leno Show2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
MTV Video Music Awards 20092009TV SpecialHimself
The Complete 300: A Comprehensive Immersion2009Video documentary shortHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2007-2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Blokes, Birds and Backenders2009Video documentary shortHimself
The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Breakfast2004-2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Who Were the Spartans?2007Video documentary shortHimself
The 300: Fact or Fiction?2007Video documentary shortHimself
Live Earth2007TV Special documentaryHimself
2007 Taurus World Stunt Awards2007TV SpecialHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
History in Focus2007TV Series documentaryHimself
HypaSpace2006-2007TV Series documentaryHimself
300: A Storyteller's Legend2007Video documentary shortHimself
The Making of 3002007Video documentary shortHimself
To the Hot Gates: A Legend Reborn2007Video documentary shortHimself
Wrath of Gods2006DocumentaryHimself
Canada A.M.2006TV SeriesHimself
Shadow Company2006DocumentaryJames Ashcroft (voice)
Eigo de shabera-night2005TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
The Making of 'The Phantom of the Opera'2005Video documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The 10th Annual Critics' Choice Awards2005TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
GMTV2004TV SeriesHimself
Journey Through 'Timeline'2004Video documentaryHimself
The Textures of 'Timeline'2004Video documentary shortHimself
Showbuzz1997TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Boots on the Ground in Haiti2016DocumentaryHimself
The Frollo Show2011-2013TV SeriesLeonidas
The Graham Norton Show2012-2013TV SeriesHimself
The Frame2013TV SeriesKing Leonidas
Chelsea Lately2013TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Leet Fighters2013TV SeriesLeonidas
Live from Studio Five2010TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien2009TV SeriesHimself
Guys Choice2007TV MovieKing Leonidas

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2011Yoga AwardYoga AwardsWorst Foreign ActorThe Bounty Hunter (2010)
2007MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest Fight300 (2006)
2007Action Movie Star of the YearWorld Stunt Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015BTVA Feature Film Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Vocal Ensemble in a Feature FilmHow to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)· Jay Baruchel
· Cate Blanchett
· Djimon Hounsou
· America Ferrera
· Kristen Wiig
· T.J. Miller
· Jonah Hill
· Christopher Mintz-Plasse
· Craig Ferguson
2011AnnieAnnie AwardsBest Voice Acting in an Animated Feature ProductionHow to Train Your Dragon (2010)
2011Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Screen Couple/Worst Screen EnsembleThe Bounty Hunter (2010)· Jennifer Aniston
2011Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ActorThe Bounty Hunter (2010)
2010People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Action Star
2010Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Actor: Romantic ComedyThe Ugly Truth (2009)
2008Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Actor300 (2006)
2008Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest Actor300 (2006)
2007MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest Performance300 (2006)
2005OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Music, Adapted SongThe Phantom of the Opera (2004)· Andrew Lloyd Webber (music by)
· Charles Hart (lyrics by)
· Richard Stilgoe (lyrics by)
2005Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or MusicalThe Phantom of the Opera (2004)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2007Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBreakthrough Performance of the Year300 (2006)


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#Fact
1Was president of the Law society in college.
2Aside from singing in a band in college, he had no prior Musical experience before being cast in the title role of The Phantom of the Opera (2004).
3Was unable to book a professional acting job for the first two years of his career.
4Before his final year of law school, Butler took a year off to live in California. He mostly lived in Venice Beach, working at different jobs, traveling often, and, according to him, drinking heavily, at one point being arrested for alcohol-related disorderly conduct.
5Did not start acting until he was twenty-five years old.
6Has no formal acting training.
7Worked in a variety of jobs including a waiter, a telemarketer and a demonstrator of how toys work at fairs between acting roles.
8He stated in an interview, before finally quitting drinking at age 27, that his wild drinking antics would involve smashing bottles over his own head, running in front of cars, and he once woke up in Paris, miles from where he'd been at a party, covered in gashes and blood and, to this day, he has no idea what happened in that incident.
9Used to frequent a weekly Jazz night in Beverly Hills hosted by Danny Masterson. Samantha Ronson, Bo Barrett, Ben Foster, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Scarimbolo were all frequently spotted there.
10During production of The Phantom of the Opera (2004), it took him four hours to get fitted with his makeup and prosthetics.
11His name is not pronounced, like the typical Gerard, with a long "A". "Ger" is pronounced like 'chair', with the "ard" pronounced like 'errd'. It is pronounced like 'chair-errd'.
12He was rescued after a surfing accident on December 18, 2011 in northern California. He and three others were filming a scene for Chasing Mavericks (2012) when they were hit by a freak set of waves. He was held underwater and dragged over a rocky reef until he was rescued by a safety worker on jet-skis. He was hospitalized for minor injuries and released.
13He is a huge fan of Glasgow Celtic Football club. He played for them in 2011, in a charity match against Manchester United.
14Along with Ben Stiller, Demi Moore, Susan Sarandon and director Paul Haggis, he visited a camp for internally displaced persons managed by Sean Penn and his Jenkins-Penn Humanitarian Relief Organization in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. [April 2010]
15Is constantly trying to quit smoking employing the use of hypnotism, patches, lasers and most general methods. He did quit for six months while filming 300 (2006), but started again towards the end of filming.
16His favorite actors are Christian Bale and Gary Oldman.
17Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#10). [2007].
18Divides his time between Los Angeles, Malibu, and New York.
19Prefers to be called Gerry. He does this because he notices that many people (especially Americans) struggle with pronouncing "Gerard".
20Was chosen as the most attractive man of 2005 by Hello! Magazine
21He has a legal degree from Glasgow University, but gave up on that career after being fired from a law firm just one week before he was qualified to practice law.
22When he auditioned for the role of "Aslan the Lion" in the Walden Media/Disney production of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005), he asked, "This isn't going to be like the BBC puppet Aslan, right? Because, if so, I'm leaving right now".
23He has quickly gained a reputation as one of the nicest actors around, as he always takes time to socialize with fans and hangs out with crew members as much as co-stars on film sets.
24Sang in a rock band whilst training to be a lawyer.
25Jokes about preferring the mask side of his face to the regular side of his face.
26Had the rock-and-roll voice that Andrew Lloyd Webber always wanted to hear as the Phantom.
27Cried while talking about the Phantom's loneliness to The Phantom of the Opera (2004) director Joel Schumacher.
28Has done five films in which his character's name is in the title: Dracula 2000 (2000), Attila (2001), The Phantom of the Opera (2004), Beowulf & Grendel (2005), and Burns (2006).
29Was at one time the lead singer for a Scottish rock band named Speed, although music eventually became his second love after acting.
30Was a presenter at the 2003 MTV Europe Music Awards with fellow Scotsman Billy Boyd.
31Was confirmed for a role in Mindhunters (2004), but chose to drop out of it because of his prior commitment to Timeline (2003). The filming schedules of the two films overlapped. Jonny Lee Miller with whom Butler co-starred in Dracula 2000 (2000) stepped in to take his Mindhunter role.
32Was once rumored to be the next James Bond (after Pierce Brosnan). [April 2001]
33Did not see his father from the age of 2 until he turned 16.
34Graduated from Glasgow University with a law degree
35On the first day of shooting his film debut in Mrs Brown (1997), he had to run naked into a freezing sea and, as a result, developed hypothermia. Later during the filming, he saved a young boy from drowning in the river Tay and received a Certificate Of Bravery from The Royal Humane Society.
36First stage role was in Coriolanus. Poked in the eye with a wooden stake during rehearsals for the play.
37He is Scottish, but is of partial Irish ancestry. He has also mentioned that, because of this, his family does not have a tartan.

#Quote
1[If he kept up his good shape after 300 (2006)] Actually yes. I'm not as big as I was. But I'm still pretty cut.
2[on getting in to shape again and again for his movie roles] I was ridiculous in 300 (2006). The regimen was incredibly difficult because I went through a lot of training for it. And for The Ugly Truth (2009), I didn't have to worry about it much. So I had the luxury of saying that [I would never sport six-pack abs again]. But then another movie comes along, and it's happened a few times. For Olympus Has Fallen (2013), I had to get the abs back again. And then you swear that's it! And then vanity gets the better of you.
3[on how he kept himself motivated while working out for movie roles] There's nothing more mindless than lifting weights. But it's not about one [isolated] training session. It's about visualizing your taut body on screen after many such mindless training sessions.
4[on when he refused to reprise his iconic role in the sequel to 300 (2006)] I was tempted, but it wasn't the same Leonidas as in the first movie. It was just a couple of scenes of political conversation, and that's not the way I wanted him to be remembered. I wished them the best, but it always felt like a tenuous link trying to pull me into that movie. I didn't really belong in there. It's crazy for them to expect that I would spend one year training non-stop to get that eight-pack Leonidas body back for a minute-long cameo appearance.
5[on prepping for his nude scene in Law Abiding Citizen (2009)] It was a great chance for me to get really cut and shredded. I was inspired for that scene by De Niro in Taxi Driver (1976), the scene where he is doing the push-ups. And you go wow! You just take one look and it just says so much about that guy. Often when you see psychos and when you imagine them, you can see those muscles and them being all sinewy and that looks quite terrifying and it suggests a lot, how much extra work has been put into it. So it was a time for me to get really cut. One of the advantages of that scene was it meant that I had to train. And that's one of the best ways for me to try and get my body in shape.
6[on the trying to achieve a different kind of shape for Gamer (2009)] I never wanted to be the same size as 300 because that's a very different thing. We are talking about a mythical warrior-king, so that was a different experience. I wanted to get into a different type of physicality, not as big [as King Leonidas]. But more sinewy with the feeling that inside, you are just so strong in every moment and very tough. And that's Cable [the name of the character he was playing], that's the kind of life he's lived. He has that sinewy muscular look where you see all the veins popping out. Once the veins starting coming out, you know you are getting somewhere [training wise]. And you get that from just pumping constantly and then you get all cut and shredded.
7[on wanting to physically impress his co-stars inn the film 300 (2006)] My huge paranoia was that I was going to be like another skinny British actor who's pretending to be a hard man. You look at Leonidas' arms and you look at his legs, and they'd break you like a fucking toothpick. I was their king, so I wanted the other actors to be going, "Wow, he's fucking awesome".
8[on looking like a Greek god yet feeling like an old man during the making of 300 (2006) due to over-training] When I take my clothes off I look like a Greek God. But inside I feel like an 80-year-old man. My knees are gone. My shoulders feel like they don't exist any more.
9[on being asked if film-makers CGIed in his abs for 300 (2006)] No not the abs. My abs in the movie are mine (own). It is very expensive to CGI in somebody's abs for a second, never mind for a whole film. That's a 5 million dollar deal for just one person! Warner Brothers were excited for me to do this film, but they weren't 5 million dollars excited, to CGI in my abs. I shed blood, sweat and tears for that six-pack.
10[on being asked if his famous six-pack abs in 300 (2006) was CGI] No they weren't, not at all, are you kidding me? When I was training, my six-pack was so pronounced that I could stick up to my second knuckle of my finger into my stomach, defining my six-pack. I was truly buff and God-like. Actually, that question annoys me because I am still suffering from the aches and pains of the work that I put in for that movie because I over-trained ridiculously. I had my own body-building trainer and then I trained with the film crew and then I would pump on set all the time and then people come with stuff like "Oh you wore a body suit?" or "Oh it was all digitally enhanced?" or "Oh it was painted on?". It was all very much me!
11[on how constantly showing off his body helped his performance in 300 (2006)]: You wanted to be naked. The more naked you were the stronger you felt because you could shock your opponents. The Spartans were big and strong and wanted people to see that. They wanted their opponents to wonder 'Do we want to mess with him?'
12[on wanting to impress WB chief Alan Horn and the stuntmen with his physical preparation on 300 (2006)]: I made a promise to [Warner Bros. president] Alan Horn personally that if he gave me the role, I would so kick butt that I would make the movie my life -- and I did. Every workout session, and every bit of pain that I went through made me feel more like a Spartan. I wanted the stuntmen to go, "Who is this guy? He's fucking nuts." I wanted to train as hard as I could with them-not with them but for them, so when I put on that cape, to go, "Wow. Look at that."
13[on what he was trying to achieve with his physique in 300 (2006)]: I wanted to look really strong. I've seen so many actors play these kinds of roles, and you see all this equipment on either a big belly or skinny little arms. You know that every bead of sweat falling off your head, every weight you've pumped -- the history of that is all in your eyes. That was a great thing, to put on that cape and put on that helmet, and not have to think, Shit, I should have trained more. Instead, I was standing there feeling like a lion.
14[on enjoying his physique while it lasted for the first 300 (2006)]: There is a certain amount of spraying that goes on to get you tan. The darker you get, the more your muscles show. They're still your muscles but we'd spray them to enhance them. We'd still work hard. By the end of the movie, I was cut so much that I could stick my fingers into the ripples of my abs. I would flash everyone with my six-pack--it was an eight-pack, actually. I was like, "check this out," because you are never going to see this again.
15[on ever trying to match his physical transformation on 300 (2006)]: I think somebody would have to understand just how intensely I trained for this film. I think it's pretty impossible to surpass, at least in my book, I wouldn't want to do it again and I don't think I''d ever really need to do it again.
16[on the extreme physical conditioning he wanted to achieve for 300 (2006)]: I didn't just train with the cast I trained on my own as well and I always had someone by me to pump on set. I kept that up for months and months. It was a way to get into my mind that I deserved to lead and to feel it was in their minds too, that I was an actor who'd impressed them by the work I was willing to do. I knew I had to wear this big beard and this big helmet and I didn't want to be this big head on this skinny body. You see so many movies like this where this English actor comes out with his twiggy arms and this very cerebral, academic English voice, shouting at these armies. I never bought that for a second. I was aiming for the stars. I wanted to look super-human, like nobody else had ever looked before. I tried to make it as extreme as possible, just like a Spartan.
17[on being proud of the way he looked in 300 (2006)]: When you work so hard on your body and suddenly you're proud of the way you look, I'm quite happy to show off! I'm pretty much happy to walk around naked any chance I get, because I know as soon as this movie finishes it'll all disappear again, so I might as well enjoy being seen while I have it.
18[on his irritation when people claimed his body in 300 (2006) was CGI enhanced]: I was a bit annoyed when people suggested I was wearing a body suit, when I thought of all the work involved. I was aiming for the stars. I wanted to look superhuman, like nobody had ever looked before. Then I'd look down at me and think this doesn't look real.
19[on inspiring and motivating people with his performance and physique in 300 (2006)]: I know a lot of people who tell me, "I watched that movie, and now I go to the gym." What bothered me was people telling me I was wearing a body suit. I worked too hard for you to deny me working so hard. I wanted to try and look like a sculpture, like Leonidas deserved to look. I wanted to be big, and cut. I think that movie worked on so many levels, and people appreciated it for more than the abs; it's about team spirit, sacrifice and honour.
20[on wanting to stun audiences with his sculpted physique in 300 (2006)]I've always had a relatively good body, and since Atilla the Hun was one of my first roles. Not that different in terms of the shape I had to get in. I let it go, from time to time. But I said to the people in the highest levels, 'Give me this and I'll get in kick-ass shape, I'm telling you.' I wanted to have a physique like you wouldn't believe. I'm not a martial artist, not a Schwarzenegger. But I wanted people to go, 'Holy fuck, how did he get like THAT?' I hope I've done that.
21[on how building up an intimidating physique was important for 300 (2006)]: It's easy for me to be paranoid, especially when you're an actor playing the lead role. I have previously seen so many actors with a massive amount of armour on and then these little twiggy arms. I'm not naming any names, but some of them have these plummy accents and you think to yourself: 'You couldn't fight your way out of a paper bag and you're commanding armies or are supposed to be a knight or whatever. That's all so King Arthur. I wanted to be the guy who my men could look to and say: 'Yeah, I would follow him.' And the audience would look at him and think: 'Yeah, I can see why they would follow him into battle.' And then finally, that I would be feeling like: 'Of course they're going to follow me.' I also wanted to see that in their eyes, that I could feel they had respect for me.
22(On the last time he drank alcohol at age 27) I was in Camden (England) and I had a crazy experience with these two sisters whom I was friends with from Glasgow, and we'd been out one night, and one of the sisters just went nuts. I don't know what it was. She just lost her mind and the other sister was freaking out and crying and saying, 'I don't know what's wrong with her' and I remember thinking: 'How many of these crazy situations do I have to get into? This is not who I am or where I should be'. I woke up the next morning and looked in the mirror and didn't recognize myself. I didn't recognize my face, and I didn't recognize my soul. I went: 'Who is this? What's happened to you?' I actually went to the pub and thought well, I'll have a beer, and sit and contemplate this, and I just couldn't drink it. I took a sip and went to the toilet and threw up and said: 'That's it'. And that's the last time I ever had a drink.
23[on the masculinity of UK actors] It's that deep voice, the intensity, the gravitas. You just hear the Scottish voice and you can hear a man with a set of heavy feet that are connected to the ground. When they smile, they really smile. When they stare, they really stare. There is just something burning about them.
24I see a lot of actors for whom life becomes one big schedule. I guess I try to be more sensitive to my private life - to take a breath of fresh air and be in the countryside or on a golf course.
25I saw this movie [How to Train Your Dragon (2010)] and thought "wow, I would really like an animated kid".
26Sometimes I finish a movie and I get used to a certain lifestyle and when that stops I get a bit lost for about a week. 'No one is bringing me lunch anymore - I've got to go do that myself?' I lose the main point of my focus. Often all I want to do is travel and just get the hell out of there. But I'm actually boring really.
27[on his family back home in Scotland] I go home and they'll cook Christmas ­dinner, and she's like, 'C'mon, give a hand, come on, wash the dishes or put the dishes away.' And I'm like, 'Mom, I am a major Hollywood movie star, I can't be doing this. It's embarrassing.'
28On acting: Just make them feel something, because I think so many of us, including myself, spend too much time not feeling enough, you know?
29On solitude: I love to spend a lot of time on my own. I can seriously go into my own head and often love to let myself travel where I don't know where I'm going. I always felt that that was his kind of form of escape, in a way.
30You've got to move on and it's a shame because there's a part of you that thinks, 'I was so attached to that movie and its success and what it meant to me.' There's a part of you that wants to pull that off again. I heard some backroom chatter about another 300 (2006) movie. I don't know if it would be a sequel or a prequel but I haven't read anything. I can't see it myself, the idea in general. I'm not sure which way they would go with that. When Russell Crowe did Gladiator (2000), he didn't come back and do another one. Like mine, his character died.
31In Scotland I'm just like a lot of other guys, but in America I'm seen as a very strong, masculine guy.
32On his new acting career: "[During] some of the most miserable periods of my life, people thought I was very happy. And now that I'm actually happier, I don't have to show it. I'm more comfortable with myself."

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1Commandng and authoritative characters in action films
2Gravelly, commanding voice
3Muscular physique
4Scottish accent

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