Gerard Butler can be seen in the new action thriller Airplane with Mike Colter, and IndieWire reports on the Scot’s attraction to old-school, non-franchise, mid-budget action films. While not cooking Marvel-level properties, or even Fast and furiouslevel, Gerard Butler is a low-key action star who has consistently delivered crowd-pleasing thrill rides. Butler revealed that Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr., sent an email to 300 star and asked him for more Olympus has fallen movie.
“Robert Downey Jr. wrote me the nicest email after Olympus has fallen. This is the same vibe. He says, “We need more of these movies.” It’s the movies when I was in New York as a kid and people were yelling at the screen and throwing things and saying, ‘No!’ and clap and cheer. And I think that’s what this movie is, it’s a return to that where you’re literally in the energy of the group and everybody’s either scared or cheering you on.” Butler says.
He continued, “They’re funny. There’s reasons why they’ve survived. There’s reasons why audiences come out. It’s like you say, it’s a throwback to the ’90s movies where you’re just like, ” Come on!” Another thing I have to say about the movie is that it has a lot of elements to it. It’s a drama. It’s an action movie, there’s survival elements, it’s a disaster movie.”
Olympus has fallen was eventually followed by successors, London has fallen and The angel has fallenand it has recently been announced that there will be a fourth film with the title Night has fallen. This entry will bring back writer/director Ric Roman Waugh, who recently assisted The angel has fallen and reunited with Butler for the disaster movie, Greenland.
Robert Downey Jr. has stated “I think our opinions on these issues say a lot about us. I think we’re in a time and place that I’ve unwittingly contributed to where IP has taken precedence over principle and personality. But it’s a double-edged sword.A piece of IP is only as good as the human talent you get to represent it, and you can have great IP even if it’s from an auteur or a national treasure of a writer-director, and if you don’t have the right kind of artist playing that part, you’ll never know how good it could have been.”