Gerard Butler is one hack of an actor. Like some kind of Sean Connery 2.0, he has been perpetually playing the same character in every film he’s appeared in. Whether it’s a serious drama, a romantic comedy, or an all out action film, you can find him continually pulling the same face whilst speaking through the side of his mouth like he’s chomping on a mouthful of plums.
In the late nineties, Gerard appeared in some of the worst televisual dross ever made. Then in the noughties, tired of being an unqualified lawyer, he also became an unqualified actor by appearing in some of the crappiest films ever released. Mr. Butler’s Butlerisms could be witnessed in such piles of pish as Dracula 2001, Reign Of Fire, and Lara Croft. Then suddenly, following from the success of Zack Snyder‘s shitty 300, Gerard Butler surprisingly became a bankable mainstream actor. By making one movie-for-the-lads followed by a frothy chick flick, like some kind of calculated equation in how to attain more blinkered fans, Gerard succeeded in hustling Hollywood into thinking he’s a talented performer.
Ever since his appearance in the racist Greek-fest 300, Gerard Butler has been acquiring yet more prejudiced lead roles. Not content with making one pro-white pro-west movie, six years later he appeared in another “prejudice masked as patriotism” vehicle; Antoine Fuqua‘s Olympus Has Fallen. Olympus was one of the most excruciatingly dire and clichéd action films in the history of the genre, but for all its wannabe action movie conventions, it came off as a drab low-budget exercise in bigotry. By the time Melissa Leo was being dragged across the floor as she sung the American National Anthem, the audience were all ready to apply for North Korean citizenship.
What was weirder than accepting this role, was that during the promotion for this sickeningly patriotic film, Butler would become a Secret Service and U.S. brown noser. Never since John Smeaton has a Scot been this needlessly involved with a terror plot and kissed so much American arse in the process. With the literally unbelievable success of this red, shite, and blue film, we now have the sequel London Has Fallen in the works, and even though London is far from a mythical place; God only knows why they would make a sequel to such a horrid piece of celluloid. I’m just waiting for Butler to shout “fuckin’ mon, then” as he tackles a terrorist, at least that would be more realistic than his American accent.
Before London Has Fallen hits our screens however, we will have to endure Gods Of Egypt. A film guilty of ethnic miscasting and whitewashing on an epic scale with its entirely Caucasian cast. As believable as his portrayal was of a Spartan King (which it wasn’t) I’m sure Butler will play the character of “Set” as garbled, white, and as Paisley as King Leonidas.
Much worse news than these two upcoming shitfests, is that Butler is involved in the pointless remake of Point Break. Hungry for cash, Hollywood who are collectively in some kind of remake and reboot frenzy, are planning on sticking Gerard in this film even though he doesn’t have a fraction of the charm or coolness that Keanu Reeves or Patrick Swayze had. It would be more believable if Mr. Butler was surfing in Thurso, or more realistically, trying to clean up East Bay in Helensburgh. After all, he looks more like someone doing community service litter-picking rather than someone saving the fucking world.
The Ugly Truth.
Update 2015: The role in Point Break eventually went to Edgar Ramirez