Gerard Butler injured three people in one day when he attempted his own stunts
Gerard Butler has admitted he caused utter chaos on the set of CopShop during one day of filming when he managed to injure three people on set while doing his own action scenes.
Thankfully no one was seriously hurt but the Scottish actor joked he was having such a rough day that he began to consider retirement.
Asked about his most memorable day on set, Gerard told Metro.co.uk: ‘I think mine would be when I injured three people in one day.
‘I do lot of action and I rarely, rarely, rarely hurt anybody but I was fighting one stunt guy and he smacked his head on the lockers and his head split open, just because of where it was. He’s a friend of mine, by the way, and I’ve worked with him before, and he was totally cool about it but it was just so much blood coming out.
‘And then I was fighting another stunt guy and I didn’t actually touch him but he had to move his head and he hit it against a pillar – his head split open! And then I had to shoot somebody with a stun gun, Ryan O’Nan. And Ryan, for another role, has quite a big belly – he had to put on quite a lot of weight for that. So the pad – because these things have spikes in them – the pad came up and his belly was sticking out and I shot him!
‘It’s in the middle of it, I’m doing a lot of different stuff to him, so I’m just thinking he’s going, “Argh!” and he’s crawling away which he’s supposed to do and we finished the take and he’s like, “The f**king spike is stuck in me!”‘
‘That all happened in one day, at which point, that’s when I started to think about retiring,’ he reflected.
Left stunned, his co-star Alexis Louder added: ‘I walked away unscathed’.
At least someone did!
CopShop follows wily con artist Teddy Murretto (Frank Grillo) who devises a scheme to hide out inside a small-town police station – but when hitman Bob Viddick (Gerard) turns up at the precinct, unsuspecting rookie cop Valerie Young (Alexis) finds herself caught in the crosshairs.
Lots of the flick is non-stop action, with Gerard and Alexis revealing they did plenty of their own stunts.
‘I always try to do all my own stunts,’ Gerard explained. ‘There was one fall I didn’t do thank god, because my stunt double broke his clavicle and had to go in for surgery.
‘So they made him do it six times. But everything else I did and I typically do.
‘What a stunt person is great for is they go in and they choreograph the fight and then they bring you in and you put your take on the fight – things that don’t work for you, things that you want to change, things you think you could bring to it, or other ideas. That’s how I love to work, typically.’
Alexis said of her stunts: ‘The runnin’ and gunnin’ is me, but when Valerie jumps from the second floor, that is my lovely stunt double. I think she only had to do that once, maybe twice.
‘There’s one part where I jumped a stair rail but that’s not in the movie!’
Meanwhile, Gerard revealed he was actually originally going to play the role of Teddy – but changed his mind when Frank came on board.
‘I actually had had this movie for years, I think four years we were sitting with it,’ Gerard recalled. ‘For a long time I was going to play Teddy and then decided when Joe [Carnahan, director] came on, we’ll let Frank play Teddy and I’ll play Viddick.
‘It’s fun to try and bring some different colours to the villain – not just one layer, but some more interesting, surprising, human, or even danger, whatever that is that Viddick brought with this enigmatic mystery about him that’s ruthless and brutal but, at times, surprisingly empathetic.’
‘I think Valerie is as much mine as she is Joe’s,’ Alexis added. ‘We collaborate a lot, talking about who she is and who she is to her colleagues and the people she works with.
‘She has an insatiable thirst for justice, she’s good at what she does, but she’s open to learning. So there’s a confidence that comes with that but also a graciousness and humility.’
CopShop is set for release on September 10.
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