Back in 2007, Scottish actor Gerard Butler earned next-big-thing status in Hollywood by playing King Leonidas in the $210 million hit 300. He followed it up by co-starring with Hilary Swank in the tepid rom com P.S. I Love You and Jodie Foster in the tepid kid pic Nim’s Island, before returning to action with Guy Ritchie’s little-seen Rocknrolla (2008). Then came another rom com: The Ugly Truth, opposite Katherine Heigl. The movie has earned $88 million so far, making it Butler’s biggest hit by far since 300.
And now the great Scot is back in a new action pic, Gamer, that barely eked out a fourth-place finish at the box office this weekend (check out the trailer below). It’s enough to make anybody wonder: What do audiences want from this guy?
Personally, I think Butler’s at his best in action roles. Great abs translate to any genre, but for me, his brawny charm gets a little muffled when he’s stuffed into goofy loverboy roles like the ones he played in P.S. I Love You and The Ugly Truth. I’m not saying that Gamer is a step in the right direction, but I’d rather watch Butler break bones than hearts any day.
What do you think, PopWatchers? Should Butler stick to action pics or romantic comedies? Or do you like him in both?