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Tuesday 9 July 2013, 14:40

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

I've been sniffy in the past about the acting exploits of Gerard Butler but his latest role has really impressed me.

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    Comment number 1.

    Brad Cooper is obviously channeling Ryan Gosling in Drive; toothpick et al. Is there no limit to that movie's influence?

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    Comment number 2.

    Dr Kermode does sarcasm.
    Dr Kermode does irony.
    Dr Kermode does tongue in cheek.

    Is there no end to the Good Doctor's talents?

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    Comment number 3.

    Almost as funny as the Transformers 4 head-through-laptop video. Almost.

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    @ PJ Hughes ... Is there no end to the Good Doctor's talents? ... chromatic harmonica!

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    Not a big fan of either Gerard Butler or Bradley Cooper and I usually find, right or wrong, Mr. Kermode very entertaining but I'm sorry, I just found this blog quite (in Mark's word's) sniffy. In my opinion, bad form sir.

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    Comment number 6.

    The clock is now ticking until Man in a blue Jacket watches a tennis match appears on youtube

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    Good point @jasterixstrange. I guess the chromatic harmonica just adds the colour!

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    INK RED A BALL

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    Hmmm. While I am no huge fan of Gerard Butler there are plenty others who have committed greater crimes against cinema. This just looks like a cheap shot. Poor show

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    I was also extremely impressed with Gerard Butler's performance in 'Man in a Blue Suit Watches a Tennis Match', easily his most accomplished and least cringeworthy performance. I look forward to seeing more performances like this and less where he plays a shouting Scot.

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    #1. LSJShez -- That is Ryan Gosling's toothpick, Cooper nicked it off him on the set of The Place Beyond The Pines.

    Of course, it was Sofia Coppola who coached Butler to reach inside his jacket pocket, but not to reveal what was there to the audience, saying "it was just an actor's moment between me and Gerald, we'd rather leave it to your imagination."

    More worryingly, Butler is now in talks to reprise the role in a new take on The Man in the White Suit, where he would be set to take Alec Guiness part of "meek Englishman", and transform it into "shouting Scot". Director Michael Bay has said this is a part Butler was born to play and it shows his full range all the way from being shouty to being Scottish.

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    THIS!!!
    IS
    WIMBLEDON!!!!!!!!!

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    Brian - New Forest

    Reaching into his jacket, he was going to do that armpit fart gag, but thought better of it.

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    I think his performance builds on that in "Man Pretending to Play Rugby in a Moisturiser Ad". Admittedly a short, it was a leading role that gave Butler a chance to show a variety of aspects of his range in concentrated scenes that, despite direction the standard of a certain Mr Bay, if not one of the said Mr Bay's poorer acolytes, gave glimpses into the actor's psyche and brought out the softer, warmer facets of Butler's screen persona, despite a script that seemed to concentrate on the writer's obsession with surface detail.
    We look forward to the sequel.

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    Comment number 15.

    As we all know, this is a movie with men in blue jackets watching tennis, but it's not about men in blue jackets watching tennis.

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    #13. LSJShez the truth about the armpit fricative was an exclusive extra on the Blu-Ray release.

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    Comment number 17.

    GAIR-ARD BUTT-LAHR!

    Mark is just miffed that his radio show keeps getting pushed back for tennis.

    As for Butler and Cooper, what publicist put them together for this photo op and decided to dress them alike so it looks like they are dating? I think Gerard is leaning over and saying, "Hey, Bradley, you ever watch gladiator movies?"

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    Comment number 18.

    Mr. Karmode gets all sardonic on us...Really?...Nooo! I have to agree though about the 'exploits' of Mr. Butler. He has never held down a solid performance - not yet, anyway. 300 was downright annoying, and Olympus fell on deaf ears. I'm sure there is an assured performance in him somewhere, but when that comes...who knows.

    Bradley Cooper was in the same boat - but after his turn in 'Silver Linings Playbook,' and even parts of 'Limitless' i am starting to get a little more range from him. His upcoming roles in David O Russell's 'American Hustle' and Steven Spielberg's 'American Sniper' might, yet again, continue this new phase in his career.

    As for Butler (a nice chap, i'm sure), he should set up a meeting with Cooper's agent and stress that he is more than a Scot with one facial expression and fulfill his desire to star in an extended version of 'Two Men in Blue Suits watch Tennis.' compared to 'The Bounty Hunter' and '300' it was a masterpiece.

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    Comment number 19.

    Since everyone seems to be having a laugh about Gerald Butler's acting ability, may I suggest they watch Coriolanus which starred Butler. I thought he was excellent in it and it proved that he could play more than a shouty Scotsman or a Shouty Spartan.

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    Comment number 20.

    Ouch Mark - that is a bit mean - that shot was definitely out

 

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