Men & You
Gerard Butler: “Real-life relationships can be a little boring”
The Scottish actor takes a humorous stance on life as he talks to us about his dream role, his crazy fans and what he wants in life right now. Cosmo: There’re a lot of beautiful women throwing themselves at you in Playing For Keeps... did you have a say on the casting?
Gerard Butler: “Yeah! I mean, if you are going to have women throwing themselves at you, you don’t want an ugly one (laughs). I had a role in the casting but it’s not like you cast somebody like that. It’s more like you beg ...‘Jessica, just do the movie!’” C: One of the major themes of the movie is to ask what you really want. What did you want when you were younger?
GB: “I wanted to have sex with every woman on the planet (laughs). At 20, I wanted to be the president of the law society. I was studying law and was in my third year and that is what I wanted to be. And then I became one.” C: Is your dream role still out there? GB: “There are some Scottish roles I’d like to play. There’s no pride like belonging to your nation. Especially when your nation has such a tragic, romantic and courageous history.” C: What’s the difference between movie relationships and real life relationships? GB: “A real life relationship is a little more messy and can be a little boring. Movies don’t cover that part where you’re sitting there and you’re like, ‘What do you want to do now? Really?’. There is something very forgiving about relationships in movies.” C: Is there anything you want right now?
GB: “What I really want right now is something a little more spiritual—a level of acceptance. To be honest, I’ve had success, I don’t need that anymore. I love what I do and for me it’s about some peace and joy and taking happiness in whatever I do.” C: What is the craziest thing a woman has done for you?
GB: “I remember two—there’s one woman who keeps turning up at my door with presents, and then once I was home and got a call from another woman in Russia, talking about a painting that she wanted to give me as soon as possible.”