“ I GET OBSESSED WITH A ROLE, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT IS IMPACTFUL.”
Gerard Butler is a man of extremes. Working on his new movie, Machine Gun Preacher, based on the life of drug dealing biker Sam Childers; the Scottish hunk talks about his obsessions, his meeting with Sam and encounters with his fans at all the wrong places.
Cosmo: What are your obsessions in life? Gerard Butler: “I think I have many. I’m not going to go into too many details but the main one is three letters— the first one is S and the third one is X. No! I’m joking. My obsessions have led me down some winding, dark roads. And many have brought me to the place where I am at today, because I really grab onto them with both hands and bite into them. This movie was one of them. I get obsessed with roles, especially when that role is impactful and has a message.” C: What was Sam Childers like when you met him? GB: “I saw a man with incredible charisma and you could tell he could be very dangerous as well. He’s a powerhouse of a man but with a great twinkle in his eye. He’s a really colourful character with a good sense of humour.” C: Do you still get the Sparta shouts when you’re in public? GB: “Oh yeah. I was using a public toilet at an airport recently when I suddenly got the, ‘ THIS IS SPARTA!’ shout. I was like, ‘ Okay,’ while everyone carried on about their business.” C: Do you ever get fans who think they can take you on? GB: “Most of the time guys come up to me going, ‘ My girlfriend thinks you’re great. You’d be her one free pass.’ And I’m like, ‘ Well, you’re taking it very well.’ I feel uncomfy when they do that.” ■