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A Gerard Butler Flop Got Crushed By A Casting Controversy

After 300 it looked like Gerard Butler was destined to be a star. He made his way to acting the traditional way by getting so drunk that he was fired from a law firm just a week before qualifying to practice law and then struggled until he was cast as the title character in Dracula 2000. After a few but increasingly prominent roles in Hollywood like the movie James Pierce Brosnan Bond Tomorrow Never Dies Angelina Jolies Lara Croft: Tomb Raider The Cradle of Life Reign of Fire the film in which Christian Bale and Matthew McConaughey fight dragons in the far future for 2020 the Scottish actor has been cast as the Greek King Leonidas in the fifth century BC.

Zack Snyder based on Frank Millers comic strip depicted the Battle of Thermopylae and the battle of Spartan soldiers against the invading Persian Empire that struck a chord with audiences if not with critics who hardly pointed to xenophobia. Once This Is Sparta became an early meme and rallying cry for frats everywhere it was pretty much ready. Or so it seemed bouncing between commercially successful but hugely parodied romantic comedies and increasingly poorly received action films like Law Abiding Citizen and Machine Gun Preacher. 2016s fantasy action film Gods of Egypt should have been the lifeblood of Gerard Butlers Alist return but instead it just failed.

What happened?For one thing Gods of Egypt is a very strange concept for building a franchise. The film treats the myths of ancient Egypt as something like a minigame being remixed. In this world the deities are nine feet tall achieved through a forced perspective similar to The Lord of the Rings or as the filmmakers put it the reverse hobbit and live among humans. Gerard Butler plays Judd of the Desert not even trying to change his Scottish accent. Nikolai CosterWaldau plays Horus very similar to the cynical and arrogant Jaime Lannister in Game of Thrones.

The complex and incomprehensible religious practices of ancient Egypt boil down to a family feud and at one point Gerard Butler gathers body parts from other deities to transform himself into some kind of evil the divinely powerful Voltron and kills himself. To let the space worm devour all existence until it becomes immortal. Its weird.Lets do some table setting about Gerard Butler and the Gods of Egypt and how it came about. The film was produced by Lionsgate its subsidiary of Summit Entertainment as the production company was surging from the unexpected success of the Hunger Games series.

Starring the bitter futureyouth romance Jennifer Lawrences saga became a pop culture sensation breaking box office records and positioning the company to build itself in competition with the likes of Universal and Warner Bros. They hired a writing team from Matt Sasama and Burke Sharpless who had previously written the surprisingly successful Dracula Untold and The Last Witch Hunter. Director Alex Proyas was brought in to develop an original franchise He was best known for his gothic romantic classic The Crow in the 90s but he made interior ways into the mainstream with Will Smiths I Robot.

Gerard Butler as a leading name and Nikolaj CosterWaldau were hired to promote Game of Thrones and rapidly rising actor Brenton Thwaites as a brave young star. Academy Award winner Jeffrey Rush added some critical respect and it all seemed to go to the gods of Egypt.


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