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Gerard Butler Sends P.S. I Love You

Published December 20, 2007 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of Warner Bros.
P.S. I Love You is a date movie but real guys may find they can't measure up to Gerard Butler. If his rock hard abs in 300 weren't enough, now he's the most romantic dead guy ever. He's prepared letters and surprises for his wife after his passing.

Gerard Butler on P.S. I Love You

"I should give myself a break as well because I’m only playing characters," Butler said. "I’m not unfortunately like either of them in real life. Not quite as powerful as Leonidas and not quite as charming and sweet as Gerry. I’m only letting myself down as well."

Gerry in P.S. I Love You is at least a tad more accessible than the king of the Spartans. "I saw a lot of my better parts in him and then I could also see a lot of my downfalls in him in so much as things that he has that I didn’t think I had. But like a purity that goes further, that ability to be kind of instinctively profound and easy with life, and that applies to his relationships, to his friends, that I feel that I have sometimes but not as much as I would like. Like I worry over things too much or I let other things get in the way. You felt with Gerry he was just one of these guys that his priorities just naturally fell into the right way, and he knew how to make everybody feel great, and it just came with a lot of ease. I have those moments, but not as much as I would like."

Gerry is dead by the opening credits, yet Butler gets to keep appearing in the film. "Because you have to remember. I mean, if you sit and think about it, that might feel like a problem, but to me, I was just being Gerry. These were experiences that happened. They may be memories, but they’re just flashbacks so I was just playing it like I would have played it for real. Whether they’d been a part of the story without being a flashback or a memory, I wouldn’t have done it any different I don’t think. Even the parts where I’m kind of in her mind and you think, ‘Am I in her mind or is he actually a ghost?’ Again, to me, it’s real to me. I’m not aware of that and I think anything else would be not right for the story. When I’m there playing a song in her living room, I’m there playing a song in her living room. It’s like just another day at the house except I’m talking in a way as if I’d always been there, except about being dead. I know that sounds weird but in actuality that’s what works the best."

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The last two years have been big for Butler, but he's still the same old Gerry. "My bones creak a little bit more. I mean, it’s changed. I can’t avoid the fact that in terms of success with my career that’s changed a lot, in terms of the work that I’m now doing, the interest, even awareness, it’s all increased hugely and that’s been fantastic but it’s brought a whole new set of pressures. That is also kind of learning, how would you say, to pace myself because I’m now presented with even better work and better directors and more exciting opportunities and it’s hard to resist that. So I’ve now done three films back to back and I’ve said no to a hundred times that many so it’s kind of tough. But in terms of anything other than that, celebrity status or stardom, that’s always just a matter of degree anyway. You can still get around that. I think a lot of people really play on that a little too much and it’s not really my thing. I’m very blessed to do what I do and I work really hard at it."

Even the romantic comedy was not free from physicality, as Butler accidentally injured costar Hilary Swank one day. "It was not my typical day. ‘Hey mom, yeah, it’s me. No, she’s at the hospital getting four stitches. No it was me. I just hurt her with my suspender.’ It was maybe my worst day as an actor. I can laugh now because she laughs at it, and quite enjoys telling people the story. I mean, it was an accident but still the suspender was on my boxer shorts. It got stuck behind me and I’d been doing this scene for a day and a half, stripping, moving, dancing, and then pretending that it hits me in the eye. And it got stuck behind me and flew over my head, and hit her in the head. Within five minutes she’d been taken to the hospital. The whole set, everyone was talking, ‘That’s a wrap,’ and they’re all gone. And I’m sitting on the bed on my own. But she was so cool about it immediately, literally when it happened. She knew that it wasn’t pretty and I said, ‘I’m so sorry.’ She said, ‘Don’t even go there. Don’t even go there because this [isn’t] your fault,’ which I thought said a lot about Hilary, the kind of person she is."

P.S. I Love You opens to theaters on December 21st, 2007.

For the poster, trailer and more movie info, go to the P.S. I Love You Movie Page.
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