Tue | Sep 17, 2019

Actor Gerard Butler wouldn’t save Trump or Boris Johnson in real life

Published:Saturday | August 24, 2019 | 12:17 AM

Gerard Butler would “call in sick” if he were asked to save United States (US) President Donald Trump or British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

The 49-year-old Scottish actor is currently starring as Secret Service agent Mike Banning in Angel Has Fallen, the third movie in the Fallen franchise, and he admitted that he wouldn’t be rushing to help either Trump or Johnson if he were asked in real life.

During an interview with Jamie Theakston and Lucy Horobin on Heart Breakfast, Butler was asked: “In the series so far, you’ve saved the US president, you’ve saved the British prime minister. If you had to choose between saving Boris or Donald, who would you save?”

And Butler replied: “That’s a tough question; I think I might call in sick that day. Little bit of an upset tummy. Sorry, guys.”

Meanwhile, Butler – who lost his Malibu home in the devastating Woolsey Fire, which destroyed hundreds of homes last November – revealed that after his mobile home was stolen, his team was too scared to tell him, so he found out via entertainment website TMZ.

He explained: “I hadn’t actually got it yet, it was being worked on. I bought it, and it was being worked on, and it was stolen from their yard and returned three days later. Well, I don’t know if it was returned or if people were found and arrested, put to death ... . And I got my mobile home back.

“You just reminded me, by the way, I heard through TMZ that my mobile – because nobody had the balls to tell me – that my mobile home was stolen. So it turns out that everybody was calling everybody going, ‘When are we going to tell Gerald?’, and then suddenly it’s on TMZ, and I’m like, ‘Did anybody think to tell me that my mobile home ...’?”

Butler previously revealed that his home still isn’t ready to be rebuilt almost a year on from the California wildfires.

He explained: “It’s taking its time. It’s a very sad and emotional experience when you walk down to your house and you see it still burning, you know, or part of it is. I lost part of it, and ... all the land, that’s gone as well.

“You go, ‘Okay, I’ll rebuild,’ but then it takes so long just to get the clearances because of the toxicity, and before they can even clear out the rubble, you need permits for that, and then the foundations are gone, so you’ve got to dig out the foundations, and then they’ve got to take the top soil off.”

He added: “So it’s a long time before you even get close to planning and starting to rebuild, so we still haven’t started to rebuild.”