Saturday, March 1, 2014

Gerard Butler embraces role of villain in $150 million action fantasy Gods of Egypt

21 HOURS AGO MARCH 01, 2014 1:36PM

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GERARD Butler is so keen to start work on big-budget action fantasy Gods of Egypt, he will front up at Fox Studios on Monday — almost a month before filming begins.

“We’re putting major prep into this,’’ the Scottish actor revealed in Los Angeles today during an interview to promote the animated sequel How To Train Your Dragon 2.

Butler, 44, was to board a flight to Sydney immediately after the promotional tour had wrapped.

“I am going to be down there three and a half weeks before we start just so I can be in among it for all the training and the dialect sessions and the rehearsals.”

Best known for his role as Spartan King Leonidas in 300, Zack Snyder’s graphic re-enactment of the ancient battle of Thermopylae, Butler described the project as “massive.”

“It’s the largest budget movie I have ever worked on. It’s huge in every dimension. It’s huge in its scope. And it’s story. And visually. (I, Robot’s) Alex Proyas is the man. Everything about the movie feels bang on.”


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