“It’s always nice to show a bit of butt. I don’t think it was gratuitous. I think there is a good reason for my nakedness in this movie.”
“It is a little more difficult to be private.”
“Anyone who happens to be in the street at the same time as you is your woman, I mean literally, you’re sitting in a restaurant with your buddies and they know somebody who comes over to say hello and you have a photograph taken and everyone wonders who that woman is in Gerry’s life.”
“My leading lady is at home. I couldn’t find her a dress because she is so small.”
"I love her to death," he said, but was quick to add, "She`s the coolest and she`s become a great friend, but there`s nothing going on. And if there was, I`d be happy to say it!"
"It`s great that she did that," Butler said of Heigl`s decision to adopt a special needs baby. "It`s just a testament to her character and to her personality that she went out of her way to do that. It`s a beautiful thing."
"She mothered me," he said. "Anytime I was feeling under the weather or was having a hard day, that`s when she was amazing. She would always come and check on me. I think she`s naturally a caretaker in the best way."
"She will be an amazing mom," Butler told PEOPLE at the premiere of his new film Law Abiding Citizen in New York City Wednesday. "She`s incredibly responsible, smart and loving. This is a huge deal for her and she`s going to take to it like a duck to water."
“I can’t remember drinking,” he said. “When I stopped, I would look at a beer and think how great it would be. I’d get this pang in my stomach to go back out and have fun, but then I’d remember that I used up that right — that I did a full life worth of drinking between 14 and 27. I have no connection with it,” he said. “I’m not afraid of it and I don’t celebrate it.”
To be honest, when guys hear all of this, they will admit that they have had those thoughts. They don’t live by those principles. Many are outrageous and they are pushing the boundaries to new levels of outrageousness. I have to be careful when I answer these questions because this could all come back and kill me (laughs). People will say, “How dare that b*****d say that?” (laughs)
We cannot deny that men are visual creatures. Look, half the time you don’t get the chance to actually talk to a woman because you only pass her on the street or see her in the car so you don’t get to know her personality. You will check out her eyes and go from there. That would be one thing. I do love the fact that they will laugh at everything we say (laughs). Most of the time I am making jokes and not being funny and so it is nice to be helped out by a woman. Men are turned on by sexy women though
She has to have a good sense of humour. I love spontaneity in a woman when she can just surprise you. I am real sucker for sweetness and a good heart. When they show me that, it just melts me and I want to hug them.
I will see a woman in a really short skirt and wonder why she is doing that. It looks so stupid. Other times I will think what a nice pair of legs. It all depends on how a woman carries herself. At the end of the day, sexiness only lasts about three seconds. A woman to me can be sexy in so many different ways. Sometimes she is sexy just by the way she carries herself. Sometimes she is sexy by her opinions or the way her mind works. Sometimes she can surprise me by being so tender or just loving me. There are other times when it is none of those. I also appreciate it when a woman knows when to just shut up. After saying that, I think I better shut up as well (laughs).
"You know, getting out the vacuum cleaner, washing up the dishes, maybe a bit of dusting. I`ll try and remind her that I`m a major Hollywood star and she`s like, great, get in there, wash the dishes. It doesn`t work with your mum!"
"It`s just all about sticking your shoulders up and puffing your chest up," Butler laughs. "Pretty much from an hour before I`m finishing my last kind of topless scene or really body scene, I`m already, the Pizza Parlour has been called, it`s on it`s way, together with apple pie and ice cream and everything you can imagine. And that carries on for about 4 months... (laughs) until I get the next role I have to get into shape for and I panic and go back into this 24 hour a day training," Butler says.
"Oh yeah, I`d definitely like to settle down, but I`m.. (laughs) somebody here has a Wildcats hat on and I keep seeing it and you just said `Would you like to settle down?` and the first thing I was going to say is, but there`s a bit of a wildcat still in me."
"I am dating a bevy of beauties and it`s exhausting trying to keep up this film career. I don`t know why you bother setting the record straight because it doesn`t matter, people just print it anyway. But no, there`s nothing going on between Jen and I. I`ll say it again and I`ll be asked it for the next couple of months - can you set the record straight, I`ll set it straight and people will still go on saying it, but no," Butler said.
"it was quite romantic," Butler says. "We were joking about it: `We might as well make this real. Keep everybody happy,` " including the entertainment magazines, which have been speculating all summer that there`s more to their relationship than innocent, "we`re-just-totally-good-friends" hand-holding, as Butler characterizes it.
It`s been a mixture of learning to adjust to slightly different realities in terms of your career, how you`re viewed by the industry and the public and in terms of how you`re viewed when you walk down the bloody street. It`s been a mixture of coming to terms with that and then relaxing into it and really enjoying it.
Paul Newman, Steve McQueen could do a drama with a really cool edge to it, but then also do comedy. ... The kind of career trajectory that I`ve had, a more modern example, would be a Mel Gibson."
The most incredible turning point. I`m not exaggerating when I say seven days from qualifying after seven years of my life and I was let go. I couldn`t deny any more that I had issues in how I was living my life. But I also was in many ways set free from what did feel like a prison sentence for what my soul was. Obviously, I was meant to be here."
I joke with that because it`s way better to be appreciated than to not be appreciated. For anybody to blow it off and dismiss it, they`re either insane or they`re just not being honest or they`re being extremely arrogant. ... As you`re saying that, my natural response is going to be, "Well, I don`t really see it." But then again, I do — just on the street sometimes."
I am very much a man and I naturally bring a masculinity to those roles. Mike Chadway in "The Ugly Truth," for example, could have been played in many different ways. ... But I also think I`m attracted to roles where guys get to talk about the mythical struggle of guys and what it is to be a man.
"If women could hear what men talk about when they`re not around, it`d be over. You`d all turn gay or celibate."
"I`ve had some terrible dates. I had a girl throw up (vomit) once - I`m from Glasgow, people like to get smashed (drunk).
"I went on another date and I ended up getting so drunk that I smashed a glass on my head as a joke and didn`t realise my head was bleeding. Those were my crazy days."
"I would love to have a wife and kids, but you can`t magic them out of thin air. I`ve never been that `seven-year relationship` kind of guy. (But I`m ready) for the big relationship. I guess I`ve got to settle down soon, but I`m nervous to say it out loud because it might not happen."
"A fan is fantastic - they`re what makes your career worth it - but it doesn`t mean you want to marry them. They`re putting you on a pedestal and it`s hard to date somebody like that." GERARD BUTLER breaks hearts by ruling out a relationship with a female fan.
"When I did Dear Frankie, throughout the movie they were always talking about fish and chips.
"They were always putting salt and vinegar on fish and chips, my mouth would water and when I went to film, three nights in a row I had fish and chips in the centre of Glasgow. By the end I felt sick."
"I go home and they (my parents) cook Christmas dinner, and she`s like, `C`mon, give a hand, come on, wash the dishes or put the dishes away`. And I`m like, `Mum, I am a major Hollywood movie star, I can`t be doing this. It`s embarrassing`," said Butler. "I end up on my hands and knees, wiping up the floor," he added.
“I’m not comfortable enough do American accents only when we film so I have to keep it up all the time. I really hate myself for doing that.”
"When Sheena Easton made it in America and suddenly stared talking in an accent I swore and threw shoes at her on the television."
“I hated anyone from Scotland who lost their accent in the slightest."
“I guess I’ve got to settle down soon, but I’m nervous to say it out loud because it might not happen.”
“Everyone in Hollywood fancies me because I’m a manly man,” he said. “Jen, Cameron Diaz, they all do... they love me. I mean, there aren’t many real men in Hollywood, let’s face it. No, I’m only joking, but it’s so flattering that people could think that any of those girls would be interested in me.
"I do tend to get asked to take my clothes off in films quite a lot. Trust me, if I could leave my clothes on in a movie, I’d rather do that any time. But if I’m going to get undressed I’m going to do it as well as I can. Whenever I hear people say that’s sexy... for the few people that say that, I think, ‘Are you insane?’"
"Sometimes along the way in my life I don`t want a smart woman right now, I want a dumb woman. But then you think, ``That doesn`t work, now I want a smart woman.`` Then you get a smart woman and you go, ``No, that doesn`t work.`` So it`s just killing me right now."
"I couldn`t actually tell you what I look for because it`s different in each woman, but part of it is being smart and part of it is being dumb.”
“Now going on a date is going to be well publicised. I would be lying if I said my love life is amazing at the moment. It’s actually pretty miserable.”
“I’ve definitely had lots of fun. Now I’m more serious about things - I don’t mess around anywhere near like I used to. It was a lot more fun when I was under the radar."
“Love is something that I’ve definitely felt a couple of times. It never worked out, it made me nuts, but I absolutely want to experience it again. And it’s about f--king time!”
“Men are much more weak and vulnerable than they let on. I am full of phobias about commitment. Yet, when you break through those barriers, it’s great.”
“I live very much in my own head and I don’t always like that somebody else is playing such a big part in your mind and your psyche. It’s tough to deal with that vulnerability because I still have that element of ‘I can’t do this! I can do this on my own! I’m all right! — and then suddenly, someone holds this power over you."
"If I see a woman who is sweet and innocent, I fall in love with her, I want to hug her and take care of her and all that lovely stuff. Then I see this sex-kitten type walking past me and I think, `Wow! That`s my woman!` I appreciate women for all sorts of reasons and it can get complicated."
"My problem with women is I love them all, really."
"We`ve taken something as simple as sexual attraction, something that`s in our DNA, that`s basic to society, and turned it into something complicated. We`ve made the rules we must abide by that make it difficult to connect with each other."
"If a woman has great breasts, I`d love to tell her so. But in polite society, you can`t do that. Which is a shame,"
"They (paparazzi) get in the shot sometimes and we can`t film - there`s a hundred people waiting for a guy hiding in a roof to disappear," he recalled. "They put you off when you`re filming. If they`re right in front of you, they get in your eye line."
"I don`t care. You know, I probably rather they didn`t make up the stuff that they do," he said. "It`s ridiculous but I don`t ever see them any more. I don`t think I have picked up one of those papers in five years."
"In between premieres, it`s not something I seek. I love to live my own life and do my thing but you come here and it`s a time when you realise, `What I do affects people, they like you, they appreciate it` and you can`t ever turn up your nose to that."
"I never thought as a six-year-old I could make that noise with the turn of the head, you know, it`s amazing - I get into the middle of that, I really appreciate it, I lap it up, you know."