Gerard James Butler is a Scottish actor with an Irish origin. He has made a considerable name for himself as a bankable star in Hollywood through his rom-coms and action-packed films. Butler was born in Paisley, Scotland and grew up mostly in that place. He had a turbulent childhood but he turned out to be smart, outgoing and intelligent in his teenage years. Butler was the president of his school’s law society and attended Glasgow University in order to get a degree in law. However, things changed when he met famous English actor Steven Berkoff, who also appeared with Butler in his career-changing mini-series ‘Atilla’ (2001). He essayed the protagonist’s role in the show.
Butler is also well versed in English theatre as he reprised the role of Renton in the stage production of Danny Boyle‘s ‘Trainspotting’ in the initial years of his acting career. He also found considerable success in a short role in the James Bond film ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’. However, what cemented his place in Hollywood was a string of good roles in big films like ‘Dracula 2000’ (2000), ‘Reign of Fire’ (2002) and ‘Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life’ (2003).
But Gerard Butler’s best phase was during 2006-2007. During that period, he starred in films that propelled his fame and skyrocketed his demand. He first starred in 2006 in his most famous film, ‘300’. He portrayed the role of King Leonidas in the historical epic directed by Zack Snyder. Based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel, the film became an overnight sensation and a pop-culture milestone. Then he appeared alongside Pierce Brosnan and Maria Bello in ‘Shattered’ (2007) and ended the year with another smash hit named ‘P.S. I Love You’ (2007). His chemistry with Hilary Swank was particularly eye-catching.
Later, Butler starred in many films but only a few met with noteworthy success. Films like ‘The Ugly Truth’ (2009), ‘The Bounty Hunter’ (2010), ‘Chasing Mavericks’ (2012), ‘Gods of Egypt’ (2016), ‘Geostorm (2017)’, ‘The Vanishing’ (2018), ‘Hunter Killer’ (2018) were average to say the least. Amidst a string of duds and semi-hits, Butler found success in ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ franchise as a voice actor.
He also starred in ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ (2013). The film somehow managed to grab the eyeballs of the general public and the title has seen constant re-modification in recent films. His last year’s ‘Den of Thieves’ also was a pretty good success in spite of critics discarding it. From romantic comedies to pure action films and multi-starrers, Gerard Butler has done it all with aplomb. His upcoming slate looks to be a turn for good for him. Even though he has had pretty good success in the last few years, apart from ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ series, nothing was extraordinary. So he badly needed a set of diverse projects that would showcase his acting chops and also bring some cash home for the people involved. Now you must be wondering what is the next Gerard Butler movie or TV show? Well, here’s the list of upcoming Gerard Butler films and TV shows scheduled to release in 2019 and 2020. We can only hope that the latest Gerard Butler movies would be as good as some of his recent ones.
6. Angel Has Fallen (2019)
Gerard Butler’s nearest project is also one of the most exciting ones. Mike Banning is back after ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ and its sequel ‘London Has Fallen’. The Fallen series is set to release a new film called ‘Angel Has Fallen’. Butler reprises his role as the United States Secret Service agent, Mike Banning. After thwarting threats from outside enemies in the previous two films, Banning must look within his people to save himself and the president.