Gerard Butler told a depressing story about his father to promote a kids’ movie


When I covered the LA premiere pics for How To Train Your Dragon 2 a few days ago, I’ll admit that I was only really paying attention to Kit Harington. I was coming off watching Game of Thrones, and that’s what happens. But let’s give some attention to my long-forgotten forever dong, Gerard Butler. G-But has been through the wringer over the past few years. His career faltered, he was in and out of rehab, his weight was majorly fluctuating. And then he was dating that woman, Madalina Ghenea. Those were dark days.

But is he out of the darkness? There’s something about him in these photos that looks “off” – maybe he’s just tired? But his body looks good. He’s regained some muscle, he’s back to a healthy weight and his hair is a decent length. The Return of G-But? Who wants to get Butler’d in a porto-potty?! Anyway, I can literally only find ONE interview that Butler has done in support of Dragon 2, and it’s kind of depressing. Apparently, he barely knew his father and he didn’t see his dad for fourteen years.

“I’ve got to tell you: my father — I didn’t see my father for 14 years. I didn’t even know he was alive. And he turned up out of the blue,” Gerard said at a press conference during the lead-up to the film’s release.

Gerard was born in Scotland, but his family relocated to Montreal when he was 6 months old. His parents divorced a year and a half later, and Gerard’s mother moved back to Scotland with Gerard and his siblings. Gerard would later ask his mother, “I’m not going to see my dad, am I?” She told him, “No, I don’t think so.”

But that changed when he was 16: “I came home one night, and my stepfather said, ‘Keep your jacket on, you’re going into town. Your dad’s here,’” Gerard said. “And I had to go into this restaurant and walk around this packed restaurant going from table to table literally looking at men going ‘Is that my dad? Is that my dad? Is that my dad?’ [Chuckles.] And then he finally stood up and he was the weirdest looking guy in the restaurant.”

Gerard left Scotland and “went straight to Toronto [where his father lived] and spent a summer there.” He made up for lost time with his dad — “It hit me like a ton of bricks … [but] I also found it really exciting: Suddenly, my father was in my life,” he told Wonderwall exclusively.

The “300″ actor also connected with his 8-year-old half-brother: “I’d heard rumors that I had a half-brother, but we hadn’t spoken,” he told Wonderwall. “I hadn’t seen my father for so long that I didn’t know if it was true.”

The reality that he was now a big brother hit a 16-year-old Gerard on the night he arrived in Toronto when his younger half-sibling asked if they could sleep in the same bed: “I’m like, ‘Oh my God. I’m a big brother!’ It was really crazy,” he said.

Not long after their reconciliation, Gerard’s father was diagnosed with terminal cancer and died when the actor was 22.

The star doesn’t think he’s the only one who will feel a connection to a film that goes to “deeper and darker places” than most animated movies. “It’s profound for a lot of people to suddenly imagine that the parent that you didn’t think was there or the love of your life that you thought was gone is actually alive and well,” Gerard explained. “There’s a chance to rekindle everything you thought was lost in your life.”

[From Wonderwall]

Wow, Gerry really went dark to promote a kids’ movie, eh? This is a little something for the parents who want a good cry before they take their kids to a happy movie about dragons. In the flush of my Butler-obsession back in the day, I knew a lot of stuff about him but I never knew this. Poor Gerry. At least he got to know his dad a little bit before he passed. And it sounds like he had a pretty stable family life with his mom and his step-father as well. Oh, G-But. Now I just want to take care of you a little bit. Damn it! I thought I was over my Butler crush.

Anyway, this was just a reminder that G-But still exists. Honk if you still want to hear Butler stories! And double-tap the honk if you think Butler is finally ready to come to me so I can take care of this poor Scotsman.



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  1. Nicole says:

    It doesn’t sound like he even knew how depressing that story is when he told it. It’s just his story. Anyway, I like him more now.

  2. Zandy says:

    I still want to hear Butler stories 💕

  3. Abbott says:

    And there’s no Santa Claus, we’re all going to die one day, happy birthday everyone. Go see Train your Dragon!

  4. Nene says:

    Such a sweetly sad story.

    …got a confession: Whenever I read a historical romance- not often- especially the ones about Highlanders, I always imagine the hero as Gerard Butler in 300.
    Man, was he smokin’ hot in that movie!
    #It’s off my chest. Feel better now

  5. Hannah says:

    Has his hair and beard always been this dark or is it the lighting?

  6. eliza says:

    I am excited for HTTYD2. Loved the first one.

    Yeah, I can stand more Butler stories. He seems pretty harmless. He is ok on the eyes. His movies are usually bad but he tries.

    I liked his White House take over movie much better than that super dumb Channing Tatum flick.

  7. Nene says:

    Such a sweetly sad story of his young life.

    …got a confession: Whenever I read a historical romance- not often- especially the ones about Highlanders, I always imagine the hero as Gerard Butler in 300.
    Man, was he smokin’ hot in that movie!
    #It’s off my chest. Feel better now.

  8. Monie says:

    Make sure he double-bags it, Kaiser!! I’m guessing he may be rather…uh…bumpy down there.

  9. L says:

    Spoilers for those planning to see the movie.

    It’s not a totally random story-how to train your dragon 2 main storyline is about how the main character (Hiccup), finds out that his long lost mother isn’t actually dead, but has been working as a vigilante. And then his father that he’s very close to dies halfway through the movie. So the character has a parent return and then loses a parent.

    • Addison says:

      Well that makes sense that he would tell this story then. His life was not ideal in terms of his father but in the past when I read a little about it I got the feeling he was glad for the time he did have. His mom and step-dad provided a happy life for him.

  10. Vic says:

    These celebrities. Selling their most intimate details to sell themselves and their projects and then crying “violation” when they’re finished using the press.

  11. Amberica says:

    I haven’t seen the movie, but since he plays the main character’s father, isn’t it possible he was asked a question about his own relationship with his father that would make this relevant?

  12. LondonGal says:

    Oh Buttles. Buttles Buttles Buttles. so sexy, so angry, so troubled. Yet still so bangable. HONK.

  13. The Old KC says:

    Two honks, one for more Gerry, and one for Kit Harrington. His abs stole every scene in Pompeii.

  14. Chickie Baby says:

    Uhh..YEAH. Bring it! Honk to the nth degree.

    He still looks like good ‘ol GB—a little tired, maybe, but that’s the life of a well-traveled man. Maybe since he’s working on a new flick (swords and sandals, even!), and got rid of Ding-a-Ling-Butt, life’s sort of back on the career track and we’ll get to hear more from him now. Besides, his shenanigans are always fun to keep up with.

  15. Lori says:

    He looks like he just picked his clothes up off the floor. Oh yeah………..That makes sense.

  16. serena says:

    Well.. he looks kinda hot, I have to admit. So HONK, I really hope he’ll find a good project and work though it.

  17. Sojourner says:

    I can’t believe I never hear about Dear Frankie (in which he plays a stranger willing to pose for a day as a kid’s long lost dad to give him a good experience) in Gerard Butler posts. That’s the first movie I ever saw him in, only one I ever loved him in, and one of my favorites, period!

  18. peaches mcdooby says:

    looks like this guy has got his wings…so yeah…. honk

  19. HoolooPie says:


    Please bring on the G-But!!

  20. beth says:

    HONK HONK HONK. I love me some G-BUT…he’s an awesome guy and easy on the eyes