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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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