One of the biggest lessons learned after asking
our readers who they thought should be acclaimed the top actor was that
the two biggest options did not cross our minds. The two top asked for actors
turned out being Viggo Mortensen
and Gerard Butler.
Due to the high amount of emails we began to receive for the two actors,
we decided to host a poll here on CanMag.Com to decide who the 'best actor'
was [results here]. In the end, we had over 100,000 votes with Gerard Butler
taking the victory with a two-percent margin. Not bad, and a lot of fun.
Of course, we still receive emails to this day on each of the actors. Earlier
we posted the fan page for Viggo, and now, thanks to the people at the GerardButler.Net,
we can open up the fan page for Gerard Butler.
Gerard James Butler, born in 1969 in Glasgow, Scotland, was raised (along with his older brother and sister) in his mother's hometown of Paisley, Scotland. He had no contact with his father Edward till years later when he was sixteen years old, after which time they became close. His father passed away when Gerard was in his early twenties. Butler went on to attend Glasgow University where he studied to be a Lawyer/Solicitor. He was even president of the schools law society thanks to his outgoing personality and great social skills. Within one week of qualifying to become a lawyer, he was fired and an acting career was born as he moved to London to try his luck.
His acting career began when he was approached in a London coffee shop by actor Steven Berkoff (who later appeared alongside Butler in Attila), who gave him a stage role in the play "Coriolanus". He was later cast as Ewan McGregor's character Renton in the stage adaptation of the movie Trainspotting (1996). His debut movie role was as Billy Connolly's younger brother in the movie Mrs. Brown (1997).
Gerard Butler in Dear Frankie
Gerard Butler in The Phantom of the Opera
Gerard Butler with Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider 2: The Cradle of
Gerard Butler with Christian Bale in Reign of Fire
His movie career continued with small roles in the James Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) and Russell Mulcahy's Tale of the Mummy (1998). In 2000, Butler was cast in his breakthrough roles, the first being Attila the Hun in the USA movie Attila (2001). Producers of the mini-series wanted a known actor to play the part but kept coming back to Gerard Butler's screen tests and decided that he was their man. He had to lose the thick Scottish accent, but managed well. Around the time Attila was being filmed, casting was in progress for Wes Craven's new take on the Dracula legacy, also wanting a known name (so Butler wasn't much of a consideration). His unending tenacity and drive drove him to hounding the producers. Eventually, he sent them a clip of his portrayal of Attila.
Evidently they liked it because Dracula 2000 was cast in the form of Gerard Butler. Producers of Attila (2001), thinking that his big screen role might help with the Attila ratings, managed to finish up a little early so that he could get to work on Dracula 2000. Attila (2001) ended up being the 2nd highest rated mini-series ever. Following these 2 roles, Butler developed quite a fan base and Internet sites and lists started popping up everywhere.
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