GERARD BUTLER (Frosty Hesson, Executive Producer) is a
gifted actor with a striking charm and humor, who has impressed audiences in
roles that cross all ends of the spectrum.
This year, Butler will star in in the Gabriele Muccino-directed film "Playing
for Keeps," to be released December 7. Butler portrays a retired world famous
soccer star who tries to rebuild his relationship with his son and ex-wife by
coaching his son's soccer team.
Butler is currently in production on Antoine Fuqua's White House-set action
thriller "Olympus Has Fallen," where he stars opposite Aaron Eckhart, Angela
Bassett, Melissa Leo, Rick Yune, Ashley Judd and Robert Forster. Butler plays a
former Secret Service agent trying to stop Korean terrorists who have
infiltrated the White House and taken the president (Eckhart) hostage. The Nu
Image/Millennium Films movie is set for release in 2014.
Butler solidified himself as a leading man when he starred as the bold and
heroic King Leonidas in Zack Snyder's blockbuster film "300." The film broke box
office records in its opening weekend and went on to earn more than $450 million
In 2011, Butler starred in "Machine Gun Preacher," directed by Marc Forster.
The film was based on the true story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing
biker who found God and became a crusader for hundreds of Sudanese children who
have been forced to become soldiers. Butler also starred in the critically
acclaimed film "Coriolanus" about the relationship of authority, power, and the
emotions that drive them. The film is based on the Shakespearean play. Butler
stars alongside Ralph Fiennes, who also directed the film.
In March of 2010 Butler voiced the lead character, Stoick, in the DreamWorks
Oscar nominated animated film, "How to Train Your Dragon."
Butler has appeared in a wide variety of films spanning all genres including:
"The Bounty Hunter," opposite Jennifer Aniston; Robert Luketic's "The Ugly
Truth," opposite Katherine Heigl; Lionsgate's "Gamer"; Guy Ritchie's "RocknRolla,"
with Thandie Newton and Jeremy Piven; "Nim's Island," with Jodie Foster and
Abigail Breslin; "P.S. I Love You," with Hilary Swank; "Beowulf & Grendel"; "The
Game of Their Lives"; Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera"; the
independent feature "Dear Frankie," opposite Emily Mortimer; "Timeline"; "Lara
Croft Tomb Raider": "The Cradle of Life"; "Reign of Fire"; and John Madden's
award-winning drama "Her Majesty, Mrs. Brown," starring Judi Dench. His early
film work includes roles in "Harrison's Flowers," "One More Kiss," "Fast Food,"
and the screen adaptation of Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard."
Butler launched a production shingle with his longtime manager Alan Siegel in
March 2008. Their debut project, "Law Abiding Citizen," starring Butler, grossed
over $100 million worldwide and became Overture Films' most lucrative opening to
Butler is a board member of Artists for Peace and Justice. APJ was
established in 2009 and is a fundraising effort founded by Paul Haggis that
encourages peace and social justice and addresses issues of poverty and
enfranchisement in communities around the world.
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