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Gerard Butler is a preacher with a machine gun

01.18.2010

Though he insists on following his badass action with the occasional excruciating romcom, Gerard Butler is still giving us a pretty solid ratio.

According to Deadline Hollywood, the brawny Scotsman wants to star in MACHINE GUN PREACHER. Based on a true story, the movie as about Sam Childers, "a former drug-dealing biker tough guy who found God and became a crusader for hundreds of Sudanese children who've been kidnapped and pressed into duty as soldiers." I'll see it just for the name.

QUANTUM OF SOLACE and MONSTER'S BALL director Marc Forster is behind the project (adapted from Childers' memoir "Another Man‘s War: The True Story of One Man‘s Battle to Save Children in the Sudan"), which could give Butler a chance to flex acting and pectoral muscle.

The book blurb: Sam Childers has always been a fighter. Born to a violent father and a mother of great faith, his life was a contradiction. With an affinity for drugs and women, the angry young man grew into a drug-dealing biker. But that was then. Nowadays Sam-along with the cadre of Sudanese soldiers he employs-spends his time in the most dangerous parts of Sudan and Uganda rescuing the youngest victims of war, orphans and child-soldiers. His mission is simple: save the children, no matter the cost.

Forster is a busy guy -- he just hooked up with Leonardo DiCaprio for THE CHANCELLOR MANUSCRIPT, and he's presumably still involved with the zombie epic WORLD WAR Z.

Extra Tidbit: Both Butler and Daniel Craig managed to have thriving careers after their machismo took a backseat to Lara Croft.

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1:24AM on 01/20/2010
Nice picture. :D
Nice picture. :D
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8:15PM on 01/19/2010
I'm confused. Did Gamer or Law Abiding Citizen bring in alot of money? Cuz there just can't be any way that Butler is still getting consistently casted for his acting abilities. As for the movie itself though, I'm all for it.
I'm confused. Did Gamer or Law Abiding Citizen bring in alot of money? Cuz there just can't be any way that Butler is still getting consistently casted for his acting abilities. As for the movie itself though, I'm all for it.
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4:17PM on 01/19/2010
when I first saw the title of the movie I thought it was a grindhouse type film, nothing wrong with that, but the story sounds great, i always loved action movies with characters who have complicated religous views, such as 3:10 to Yuma
plus Forter's Quantum of Solace is a very underrated film!
when I first saw the title of the movie I thought it was a grindhouse type film, nothing wrong with that, but the story sounds great, i always loved action movies with characters who have complicated religous views, such as 3:10 to Yuma
plus Forter's Quantum of Solace is a very underrated film!
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3:28PM on 01/19/2010
now that's what I'm talking about Butler. kick some ass.
now that's what I'm talking about Butler. kick some ass.
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3:12PM on 01/19/2010
that description has sent me to the bookstore. my type of story: redemption & righteous asskicking
that description has sent me to the bookstore. my type of story: redemption & righteous asskicking
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11:28AM on 01/19/2010

Very Cool

Sounds like something I would see if done right. Marc Forster is awesome.
Sounds like something I would see if done right. Marc Forster is awesome.
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10:36AM on 01/19/2010
I'm in. This sounds awesome. I want to read the book now...
I'm in. This sounds awesome. I want to read the book now...
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8:10AM on 01/19/2010
Sounds awesome
Sounds awesome
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7:23AM on 01/19/2010
Sounds cool. He better hit the gym 1st... dude's been looking pudgy lately.
Sounds cool. He better hit the gym 1st... dude's been looking pudgy lately.
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5:33AM on 01/19/2010

Whoa!

This is awesome! I met the dude that this is based on. It was a quick casual meeting but he was really nice and cool. It is definitely an incredible story and should definitely be made into a movie. This is bad ass!
This is awesome! I met the dude that this is based on. It was a quick casual meeting but he was really nice and cool. It is definitely an incredible story and should definitely be made into a movie. This is bad ass!
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12:13AM on 01/19/2010
Now that's a modern day Christian! A future Saint for kids to aspire to.
Now that's a modern day Christian! A future Saint for kids to aspire to.
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3:11PM on 01/19/2010
you are so on the money with that one.
you are so on the money with that one.
11:36PM on 01/18/2010

Hell Yes!!

I am a huge fan of Butler and enjoy his work very much. He needs to do more action movies like this. The premise sounds good and hopefully production gets rolling quickly so we can get a trailer faster.
I am a huge fan of Butler and enjoy his work very much. He needs to do more action movies like this. The premise sounds good and hopefully production gets rolling quickly so we can get a trailer faster.
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