Men & You

Ger­ard But­ler: “Real-life re­la­tion­ships can be a lit­tle bor­ing”

Cosmopolitan (India) - - MEN & YOU -

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.”

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