Whatever happened to Gerard Butler? You may recall that while once a regular on the Beat’s pages, the Scottish actor became distraught when the Beat became engaged, and was sent reeling into a downward spiral of drugs, terrible romcoms, and dating his costars.
On a more realistic note—or as realistic as TMZ can be—it’s being reported that Butler’s recent stint in rehab for a prescription drug habit was a lingering effect of his insane conditioning for 300, which required its cast to toddle about in little more than loincloths while looking buffer than hell:
Butler’s problems were triggered by the physical demands of shooting “300” in 2006 (see video below of Gerard preparing for the role). We’re told the actor began struggling with pain management, and the problem became exacerbated while filming “Of Men and Mavericks,” when Butler was badly hurt on December 18 during a surfing accident.
We’re told Butler realized he was relying too much on prescription drugs and decided to head off a full-blown addiction by entering Betty Ford three weeks ago.
Tsk tsk. Although we now know some of those ridged abs in 300 were painted on, G. Butt did get into rock-hard shape for the movie. In a SECOND LIFE press conference for the film which we attended (DEAR GOD DO YOU REMEMBER SECOND LIFE???), we asked Butler if he would ever get into that kind of shape for a film again, and he actually sounded pained when he said, “I don’t think I cuu-id.” So, yeah, we’re not surprised.
Luckily Butler, whose recent more-haggard appearances may have led to rumors of being addicted to cocaine, was out and about after the Oscars, looking fit and manly and acting like rehab was a breeze. What a trooper!
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.