Did you know that Gerard Butler was a lawyer before he became an actor? Find out what prompted the career change -- as "Extra" tells you all about this hunky actor.
'Extra' Gets the Facts on Butler
He was a lawyer before he became an actor! Although he was employed by a prominent Edinburgh law firm, he was miserable and drank too much — and was fired.
He was a singer in a rock band called Speed with fellow attorneys from his law firm.
After he was fired from his law firm, he worked in a carnival for a month, and claims he spent the whole month drunk.
Ice Cold Role
He once caught hypothermia from a naked swim in freezing water for a role.
Butler's Goofy Side
When he was first starting out, casting directors were skeptical that he could play intense and dark roles because of his goofy, easy-going manner.
Gerard saved a young boy from drowning in the River Tay when he was on a picnic with his mother, and was awarded a Certificate of Bravery from the Humane Society. He’s humble about the experience.
For four months straight, he trained six hours a day to get in unbelievable shape for “300”.
He used to be a heavy smoker, but gave up the habit when he played a character in “P.S. I Love You” who died of lung cancer.
When it comes to relationships, he prefers women who are aggressive.
He enjoys singing, soccer, horseback riding, skiing and water skiing.
Keeping it Real
Butler thinks his portrayal of the Phantom in 2005’s “The Phantom of the Opera” and his character in “RocknRolla” are the truest to his personality.
He believes the simpler the date, the more romantic the relationship.
Love Rumor #1
It was rumored that Cameron Diaz dated Butler.
Love Rumor #2
He was also rumored to have dated Naomi Campbell.
Love Rumor #3
Gerry was also rumored to have dated Jennifer Aniston.
Paparazzi Beat Down?
Butler was charged with battery for allegedly assaulting a paparazzo at the Crown Bar in L.A. after the “RocknRolla” premiere.