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Gerard Butler on The Ugly Truth

Published July 23, 2009 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of Columbia Pictures
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The ladies love Gerard Butler. Just ask them. Even when he’s covered by a mask in Phantom of the Opera, even when he’s slaughtering Persians in 300, they love him. When he does sweet romance, forget it. Perhaps he is pushing his luck with The Ugly Truth though, playing a male-centric relationship guru who tells women they need to be skinny and pretty, and realize that men won’t meet their top 10 criteria.

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“No, I don’t think I’m pushing my luck,” Butler said. “That is something I’d like to do, but I don’t think I’m taking it too far. There is definitely a lot of me in this character but I think it’s more about being sort of boisterous and fun. I don’t expound those ideals but I do think that there is a lot of that going on in both men and women if we’re honest and frank about how we look at each other.”

Mike Chadway (Butler) gets a job on the morning show produced by a control freak producer (Katherine Heigl) who resents his theories. Wanna guess what happens to them by the end?

“I think that what is cool is that both of our characters, at the end of the day, we’re human and real. We both have a lot of vulnerabilities. There is a lot of that going on under Mike’s armor. That’s what is so great about this movie. It’s so ridiculous, shocking, and surprising the ways I talk about sex, but at the end of the day women get it. Men get it too. I think it’s right that we see Mike’s character let his guard down. It’s a sex comedy, it’s kind of a romantic comedy, and kind of a love story.”


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The comedy earned an R rating for language, mostly Butler’s. “I was in heaven. Back home. One of the main reasons I ended up doing this movie, I was doing another action movie where I was very dark and brooding. But at night I would go to dinner with Gary Luccesi and Tom Rosenberg from Lakeshore and tell dirty jokes. I’d be vulgar and they kept going, ‘The Ugly Truth!’ and I had never read the script. I finally read it and I go, ‘Okay, I get it.’ The weird thing is that it took me a couple of days to find my rhythm. The first day, playing the American accent and that kind of character, I was really nervous. I kept forgetting my lines. Every time I would turn to Katie and had to play with her hair, I was so nervous. Once I grabbed her breast. In the middle of a take I said ‘Did I just touch your breast?’ It was kind of a Mike Chadway move. I guess it was pretty method. Every time I went to grab her hair, I forgot. And it was because I was really pretty nervous about it, because she’s such a charismatic woman.”

The R-rating is just for language though, so don’t get too excited. “Just the ideas and the values are so clever and controversial, unexpected, and surprising and hard-hitting. You don’t need to see tits and vag. It’s not necessary. There’s enough going on. This movie is so hilarious it works from the guys and girls perspectives. I think in an actual fight, none of this feels gratuitous. They are all ideas we react to, we love, and we hate. You have a pretty strong reaction to both sides of the coin. I think the rest would have been gratuitous.”

The Ugly Truth opens to theaters on July 24th.

For the trailers, posters and more movie info, go to the The Ugly Truth Movie Page.

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