Since starring as King Leonidas in the movie “300,” Gerard Butler has been working nonstop. And even though he’s made four films since “300,” his new movie “P.S. I Love You” is the first one to get released.
Anyway, since the film comes out in a few weeks, earlier today I got to participate in a roundtable interview with Gerard and I tried to get some answers on all the internet rumors that have been online recently.
The main things I wanted to know was, would he be playing the Pirate in Zack Snyder’s “Watchmen” movie, will he be Sabretooth in “Wolverine,” and what’s up with “The Untouchables: Capone Rising” – the follow up to “The Untouchables” by Brian De Palma. For now, the answers are maybe, no, and when financing comes together, yes. Obviously things can change regarding the "Wolverine" movie...
So if you’d like to listen to the audio of the interview you can click here for the MP3. Be warned, it’s the entire interview and what’s below are selected quotes. You can expect the entire interview to be posted soon. I just figured you‘d want to know what he said immediately.
Collider: Speaking of 300, Zack has talked about possibly having you be in his Watchmen movie playing the pirate. Is that actually going to be happening?
Gerard Butler: You know, I’ll tell you, I don’t know. Zack’s crazy. So am I. So it’s funny cause... that’s a man I owe sitting here to, yeah I was a big part of 300, but that’s Zack’s movie. It’s his genius that made 300 what it was, it was a great marriage between the two of us. I was in a great position…I would’ve loved to jump into Watchmen and done something, but I had plenty to be doing on my own as well. I’ve done the graphic novel film so for me not to go on and do another one is fine, but I would love to work with Zack again… but that role has been on and off and on and off and the funny thing is we haven’t even talked about it, but I keep hearing rumors that, ‘Zack’s going to give you a call.’ I know he’s busy, one minute the role was cut cause of budget and then it was back in and then it was cut…so I keep hearing, ‘he’s going to call you… oh, maybe not.’ But my stunt man who is on my film – the one in New Mexico - just went up to there and he texted me and said, ‘Zack’s giving you a call cause he wants you to do that role.’ So I have no idea. I think, right now, they are so caught up with the main body of the film that I guess they probably don’t know if they’re going to do that or not. But if my schedule permits, I don’t finish my film until the end of January, and I think they’ll still be going... if it’s around I’d love to go up there. It would be really cool to get back on a set with Zack.
Collider: Speaking of big paychecks and big action movies, the rumor is that you’re going to be playing Sabretooth in the Wolverine movie. Are you looking forward to fighting Wolverine?
Gerard Butler: It’s not true.
Collider: It’s definitely not true?
Gerard Butler: I haven’t even met on it. I haven’t spoken to anybody and I haven’t seen a script. And I think I’m working when it’s going on. So it’s not…
Collider: So if they were to offer it to you after you wrap Game, would you be interested in doing it?
Gerard Butler: Listen, I’d be interested in anything up to I read a script.
Collider: And what’s the story with Untouchables? Are you still in the running for this DePalma thing?
Gerard Butler: Yeah, I was signed up to do it but now it’s a little bit on the backburner at the moment… trying to get everything together, financing…what do you call it Capone. It’s like a lot of things, you get involved with them and it takes a little longer, you know.
Collider: So what does that mean for after when Game wraps? Do you have anything lined up?
Gerard Butler: There’s nothing I’m doing for definite, but there are a few things that I’m close to. It’s hard because of the strike right now to know what needs to be re-written and what doesn’t. What can come before the actors strike…if that happens. There are too many variables to have a definite.