Schwarzenegger Explodes Movie Myth About Butler's 300 Physique
Arnold Schwarzenegger has exploded the myth Gerard Butler was ripped and toned for his role as a Spartan hero in cult action film 300, revealing the Scottish actor's look was computer generated.
Schwarzenegger made the discovery after approaching the film's producer Mark Canton and asking for details about the fitness regimen Butler adopted to look like a beefy warrior.
The impressed Terminator star wanted to track down the Scot's trainer and hire him to get him back into blockbuster shape, following his two terms as California Governor - and was shocked to discover Butler's look was all movie magic.
He tells Entertainment Weekly magazine, "I said to Mark Canton, 'You have got to get a hold of this guy (Butler). I want to know what his training regimen is.'
"Canton said, 'What are you talking about? (That look) cost me a lot of money.'" »
While Butler HAS admitted to some grease paint to delineate the "hard worked for abs," the physique in the movie 300 were indeed his and come by honestly.
I can only think that the shrewd Canton was displaying a little bit of the "little man" syndrome by saying something that would immediately negate the hard work his actor did to get in shape for a movie that so handsomely helped Mr. Canton make a producing comeback of sorts. While Butler certainly benefitted greatly by his turn in 300 in terms of exposure to American audiences, I think the statement by Canton certainly makes the actor out to be a bit of a liar.
Please observe the above photographs, taken on the set, and you be the judge of whether the abs and look were ALL CGI.
Yes, movies are all about fantasy and smoke and mirrors and perhaps I am being stupidly naive, but they sent their actor out to promote their movie in a certain way and THAT 300 physique and the training videos that were a part of that promotion, sent lots of real men back to the gym. Yes, the 300 workout was excessive and perhaps not a reachable goal for the average guy, but a lot of men decided to get in shape after viewing the movie and that was a good thing. 300 made King Leonidas (as acted by Butler) a modern icon.
In my book, what Canton has done with his little (taken so lightly) comment, is no less than lost a little of his own credibility about his ability or willingness to protect those other actors that come after Butler, because he is telling the world that the actor's credibility doesn't matter much in the scheme of things.
Good relationships, no matter what kind and even in Hollywood, should be built and nurtured on a certain amount of trust. While Butler has a reputation for not holding back his words and might appreciate that Canton was trying to be glib, the fact remains another former actor took it so lightly that he had to blab it to the press, doesn't say much for the Terminator either. He should know better.
Oh well, in the scheme of things, this isn't important, but I'll bet a bunch of young movie buffs out there who made an icon of King Leonidas, are getting a taste of Hollywood sleaze 101.
I think a clarifying statement (from either Canton or Schwartzenegger) and an apology to Mr. Butler is in order and would go a long way in restoring everyone's credibility.
What do you think? Is this all just a *haboob?
Songs out of tune, the words always a little wrong...Canzoni Stonate
*Arabic word for sandstorm I picked out of a hat and helped me win a game of Trivial Pursuit in a tournament a long time ago.