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Gerard Butler on How to Train Your Dragon

Published March 25, 2010 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of DreamWorks Animation
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The Vikings of How to Train Your Dragon may sound familiar. In fact, they may sound a lot like the 300 Spartans. Gerard Butler used his natural accent to play a Viking dad in the Dreamworks animated movie.

Gerard Butler Talks How to Train Your Dragon


“This was the only movie that I’ve ever made or will make that, after watching it for the first time, made me realize that my accent was not Scottish enough,” Butler joked. “I was like, ‘What is that?’ I was stuck in the middle, so I felt that it needed a bit more. I think a strong Celtic accent lends itself to Viking-ness, or any kind of warrior breed. It was the same in 300 as well.”

The solo recording sessions might have some similarities to Butler’s famous imaginary work on green screen, but it was less embarrassing. “It’s freeing, in the way that you’re not constrained by false beards and uncomfortable costumes, and you can do what you want in there. You don’t have to look at 150 extras, who you know are sitting there going, ‘What the f*** are you talking about? You look like an idiot who’s wearing leather underpants.’ But then, again, sometimes you miss the opportunity to be out there, actually on location with the true environment around you. But, more than anything, it was cool because it was different. It was something that I’d never done before.”



The film opens only a week after Butler’s latest movie, The Bounty Hunter. In the last year he’s also done drama, action and romantic comedy. “I’ve done a musical, animated, romantic comedy, action-comedy, thriller, drama and action. I think that my favorite to do, out of all of them, would have to be Dreamworks animated features. But, last week, when I was promoting The Bounty Hunter, it was definitely action-comedies. It really does change. Sometimes, I’m doing an action movie and I said, ‘I’m never doing this again,’ but most of the time, I love it. And, it’s like that for any genre. I get a lot of great stuff out of each of them, and then there’s a lot of stuff about each of them that drives me nuts.”

Dragon may be the first that doesn’t put Butler’s face on the poster to sell it. “I like that. I like that people are surprised when they find out that you’re in something. I have my face on plenty of posters. I don’t need it on every poster. It didn’t bother me, in the slightest. Our voices are such a small part of this movie. We spent three years, popping in once every month. Those animators worked 12 hours a day for years to make the magnificence that you see. It might be a little weird, if my face were in it. I would feel guilty.”

How to Train Your Dragon opens to theaters March 26th.

For the posters, stills, trailers and more movie info, go to the How to Train Your Dragon Movie Page.
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