Gerard is currently working overtime promoting two movies 'How to Train a Dragon' and 'The Bounty Hunter' but he sat with Hollyscoop for a one-on-one interview to talk about his new DreamWorks 3D animated flick 'How to Train a Dragon'.
Gerry, as his close friends call him, gave Hollyscoop his thoughts on how to train a dragon and why he feels like an outsider. Here are some highlights from the interview:
Gerard on how to train a dragon: "Give it some respect and treat it like a human being.”
Gerard on the movies message: “I love these messages that are about understanding solidarity. Here we are, we grew up as a vacant nation and assume that we must kill this thing and that it only wants to kill us. We do not stop for a second and see if they are the same as us or give them a chance. When this little boy, Hiccups, comes along and shows tolerance and love towards one it changes the entire world."
Gerard on how the message can change the world: "It's such a powerful message, you can easily apply that idea to many years of conflict in this planet and it would be incredible to see if you really apply that what it could make you.”
Gerard on feeling like an outsider: “I know who I am. Outside I'm very happy but I don't always feel like an insider, absolutely not. Even with things on the inside I often manage to hit myself in the head. I often have to do that with my roles. You spend a lot of time kind of pushing yourself more to the edges where you are different than were you are the same.”
Gerard on having two movies out in theaters 'The Bounty Hunter' and 'How to Train Your Dragon': “I'm excited! It would be more ideal if they were coming out at different times but I don't actually have a say in that. They are actually very different movies, one is action comedy and the other, and I don't know how to describe it, an animated action, adventure and fantasy. I think they are both great movies, this one is going to be huge.”
Gerard on his next project: He will star in Coriolanus directed by Ralph Fiennes, which is a crazy coincidence for Butler as his first audition was for Coriolanus, the Shakespeare play. Gerard jokingly went on to say, “It's been ten years trying to get a job.”
Check out our EXCLUSIVE one-on-one interview with Gerard at the 'How to Train Your Dragon' movie press junket below: