My favorite photos, though, are the ones where he is surrounded by a bunch of kids. Somewhere deep down inside I feel he is in his element. Not because he represents a "father figure" as so many sighing women would like to think, but because a part of him (as with many men) remains always, a kid at heart, so a part of him connects with these kids...in some very elemental way. It's almost as if a part of him recognizes a part of himself in that kid acting out or just being....a kid.
The nice part about being a Gerard Butler admirer is that a part of what draws us is precisely that KID in him...the genuine part of him that not all the glamour and money of being a movie star can pervert.
Every time I read some person (usually a woman) trying to put a picture of him out there that doesn't fit, I want to answer in this manner:
"Some of you need to stop trying to make him fit your idea of lover, boyfriend, husband, ideal, etc. The kids get him and that should tell you something about the real person.
Kid's have a way of seeing through the bullshit adults are sometimes so mired in and can't see through! YOUR prism can't define him anymore than it can define ANYONE but yourself and the constant "in the know" psychobabble is a waste of time.
He is who he is and some of you have no idea who that is. All the amateur Dr. Drews and even Dr. Drew Pinsky himself SHOULD hang it up. You cannot put Butler in a box, anymore than you should anyone else. If you could, he would lose part of the allure that draws friend and foe alike to comment on his foibles.
It's all right to comment, just keep your personal prejudices out of it. Unfortunately, most people cannot.
A big part of Gerry is a wicked little kid and the kids get that and love it. Some of us do too."
All the photos I have seen coming out of Louisiana only give credit to the things I think to be true. Some will say it is all orchestrated by his publicists or his manager, or someone trying to "revive his image" as if it needed it. I find that a silly scenario, especially when everything else about him is complete speculation.
I don't know all of the real man, but I do know that you can't fool kids, even with all the acting skills in the world. They can pick up a false note like nobody's business. I trust their instinct like I trust my own and we are dealing with a decent human being here, despite his temper and his bouts of Mr. Know it All, and I think that is what has kept him on the front burner in Hollywood beyond what a few of his more lackluster movies would have done.
No matter what anyone tells you, people like a nice guy. He may be a ladies' man or a man's man, a heartbreaker or not, but deep down inside, he is one wicked and lovely little kid. I like that about him. I think a lot of people do too. It's a big surprise to see that in the packaging it comes in and the reason why people like Warner Bros. Alan Horn can come out and say the things he does (telling Gerry he had to quit smoking), or even someone like Mark Canton, making comments about Gerry's abs not being real. It's like..."well, he's a good natured kid and so ernest, we can say stuff like this...."
Well, the Cantons and Horns beware. Underneath that likable kid is a very determined guy and it is at your peril that you sell him short, Alan S. aside. He's a good guy, but he knows where he's going. Right now it may be the "field." But tomorrow....
Songs out of tune, the words always a little wrong...Canzoni Stonate