So, that brings us to where we are now. My questions at the beginning were: (1) What has Gerard Butler done that was even remotely successful? (2) Could these two latest failures mark the end of Butler's theatrical career?
The answer to the first is "300 and the How to Train Your Dragon franchise," only the first of which he can take a substantial amount of credit for. Mrs. Brown, Dear Frankie, and Coriolanus are the only other critical successes of his career, and his biggest live-action grosses were actually for his romantic films - at least for a while - with The Phantom of the Opera, P.S. I Love You, The Ugly Truth, and The Bounty Hunter. The problem is that his good films weren't seen, and the films people saw were bad, which explains the lack of enthusiasm we currently have for him. He also failed to capitalize on his on unqualified success. After 300, it took him two years to star in just one action film (Gamer, which bombed), and then four more years for another big one (Olympus Has Fallen).
The answer to the second question is likely a "yes." From 2013 until today, he's only had non-cameo roles in three live-action films, one of which did terribly, one of which made just enough for a lower-budgeted sequel, and the final of which is too early to call, but if it's profitable it'll only barely be so. His career was almost already dead, and we're watching what is likely its second, and final, wind. Without a massive hit in the next year - and his next scheduled release is a January release in 2017, which isn't a good sign - Butler's going to need nothing short of a miracle to save his career.
Will he get that miracle? Does he deserve it? What are your thoughts on Gerard Butler as an actor?
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