Butler ‘gutted’; Owen reported ‘distraught’

The comics industry was first shocked, then stunned and then just gobsmacked as news leaked out this week of the engagement of The Beat and writer Ben McCool, of Birmingham, UK.

“MacDonald’s constant posting about ‘DDGB’ always makes me chuckle,” said DC publisher Paul Levitz. “I hope that isn’t going to stop.”

“When The Beat runs all those beefcake pictures of Marvel movie stars, box office is guaranteed,” echoed Marvel e-i-c- Joe Quesada. “This could mean a real blow to our bottom line.”

Industry concerns over the removal of these and other popular Beat Fave Hotties regularly featured on the site were allayed somewhat when news of a prenup spread. “The Beat will not change,” a close friend of the couple revealed. “She will continue to post just as much silly crap as before.

“The only big change is that The Beat is now required by law to support Aston Villa,” the pal continued.

As for Beat regulars, Gerard Butler and Clive Owen, neither could be reached for comment.

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Friends of Butler, say the 300 star has been in seclusion. “He’s completely gutted and has been driven to take a role as a widowed father of 7 who must chase a kitten through a zoo in order to win the heart of Sarah Jessica Parker,” said one insider.

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Owen is said to be similarly distraught, and has vowed to devote his now-empty life to playing hard boiled tough guys who never smile or miss a shot.

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McCool’s only comment was “Go Villa!”

Comments

  1. Ali Kokmen says

    Yeah, congratulations! Let us not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments, and all that. Mazel tov!

  2. says

    You’re not kidding. I still haven’t gotten over Whitney at Pop Candy being hitched.

    Best wishes, Heidi!!

  3. says

    That was the awesomest/hilariousest engagement announcement blog post ever. Congratulations!

  4. Torsten Adair says

    Wow. Congratulations! I want details! Who proposed? How did you meet?
    Poor Owen. He re-enters public life, and has to deal with this. I’m sure he’ll get over his heartbreak.

  5. says

    Gratz to you and Ben–AMAZING NEWS :)–now get back into your limo…Bob needs to hit the road again! Yee-ha!

  6. says

    WOW. Rock. On.
    Great news! One of the biggest, coolest things you can do!
    (But Aston Villla? Now the Beat will have to be biased in support of the “Villans.”)

    And I second the above concern as to The Beat’s possible relocation to Birmingham…

  7. Ben McCool says

    Luckily enough, and due to being a rather stupendously nice bloke, I will not be requiring that The Beat relocates to Birmingham, or that she cease her untold passion for DDGB or sorry spawn of Coventry Clive Owen.

    I will, however, be inflicting Fox Soccer Channel upon her on a tragically frequent basis.

    See? Us Brits really do make the most spectacularly sinister bad guys.

  8. says

    “I will, however, be inflicting Fox Soccer Channel upon her on a tragically frequent basis.

    See? Us Brits really do make the most spectacularly sinister bad guys. ”

    C’mon. Do the evil laugh. Us Colonists love the evil laugh.

  9. Mark Coale says

    Thankfully, you are not trying to make her an Arsenal or ManU or Liverpool fan.

  10. Jackie Estrada says

    Fabulous–Congratulations! Will you now be Heidi MacDonald McCool, aka Heidi MacMc?

    And did Ben guarantee you a lifetime supply of those Brit chocolates you fancy?

    Jackie E

  11. says

    Oh good lord, however will I be able to talk you out of marrying a smarmy Brit? And from Birmingham, yet!

    Congrats, Heidi and Ben. Robin and I are thrilled for you. If you ever need any pointers on binational wedded bliss, you know where to turn!

  12. Christopher Z. says

    Wicked cool! Or wicked McCool, depending on your level of fanboy obsession.

  13. says

    “McTheBeat: rocks, if you ask me.

    And, again, congrats! And Mazel tov! And loads of happiness and everything good!

    Don’t worry, I’ll track down Clive and Gerard and by them a pint.

  14. says

    Clive is SUCH a baby about these things. That’s why we ‘lose’ his invites to the family reunions – so we don’t have to hear all the whining. Really, he should have made his move while you two were in Venice that time. His loss is Ben’s gain.

    This Owen is very, very happy for you, Heidi!

  15. Susan Daigle-Leach says

    Well, this explain why GB was flippin’ off photogs in Miami.

    Massive congrats to you both, and wishing you oodles of conjoined bliss from me and G.

    Woo hoo!

  16. Mark Coale says

    >> Does this mean more Man U and fewer UFC references?< < Not if my role as helper monkey gets me a vote on the matter. :>

    that said, I’m all for more futbol coverage here. Go Everton~!

  17. Mike Brisbois says

    Great news !!

    On the one hand, I cannot imagine Heidi MacDonald acceding to patrimony and accepting her husband’s last name.

    But on the other hand, on a semi-conscious level I always expected she’d find SOME way to become — legally — “Heidi McCool.”

    Is this how she does it? I honestly never saw that coming!

    In any case, hooray hooray! Where are you guys registered ?

  18. Mike Brisbois says

    Great news !!

    On the one hand, I cannot imagine Heidi MacDonald acceding to patrimony and accepting her husband’s last name.

    But on the other hand, on a semi-conscious level I always expected she’d find SOME way to become — legally — “Heidi McCool.”

    Is this how she does it? I honestly never saw that coming!

    In any case, hooray hooray! Where are you guys registered ?

  19. says

    Aston Villa?

    Surely I thought The Beat would have better taste in men.

    (mind you at least it’s not a Chelski-man)

  20. john shableski says

    Puh leeeze please tell me there will be singing at the wedding! Maybe a Zepplin duet? Here is a refresher of the lovely singing voice that so enchanted her suitor!

    It sure beats the hell out of singing the Chicken Dance song

  21. MartiZH says

    Yeah Heidi & Ben!! Congrats!!! I cant wait to see the sparkler! Go Arsenal!

  22. says

    In the words of Strongbad, HOLY CRAP!

    A shot of nuptial benediction shall be yours in the vicinity of the NYCC, Beat McCool.

  23. says

    so, i guess it was more than One Night At McCool’s, eh? :P

    congrats heidi!!! you know, i am ordained…if you need a minister. :)

  24. Ade Brown says

    That Villa business makes me feel so sad.
    Just as well the other part was much better news.

    Congratulations to you both.

    Withe all the love you’ve been dreaming of.

  25. says

    Congrats to you both! I wish you many decades of geeky bliss! :D Hell, just having the last name “McCool” or “MacDonald-McCool” is worth celebrating on it’ own merits.

  26. Trisha Lynn says

    Holy schnikes! Congratulations, Heidi. It couldn’t have happened to a better comics-lovin’ gal, and I wish you and your McCool the best. Keep that UFC-lovin’ coming, too, because I got hooked on the Ultimate Fighter show because of you.

  27. Brian Spence says

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! God, I need to read the Beat more often (and really, who doesn’t?). Not only getting married, but getting into football?? That’s great. Besides comics, I’m a big fan of DC United (ok, it’s american soccer, and not the English Premiere League, but it’ll do!).

    Best of luck with the wedding preps and all. Congrats again.

  28. says

    Holy crap. I decide for the first time in ages to get caught up with the goings-on in comics, and this is what I find? Jebus! Also, frickin sweet! Congrats!

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