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Movie Jail: This week's defendant is...Gerard Butler!

Dec. 11, 2012by: Johnny Moreno

Welcome to Movie Jail, a facility like any other, only its inmates are Hollywood writers, directors, actors and producers. This column will serve as a Movie Jail trial. We will put one defendant on trial; lay out arguments for the Prosecution and Defense. And we leave it up to YOU, the reader, to decide whether the defendant is guilty of his or her crime. What crime? The crime of consistently being a stinking shithouse.

The Defendant


Gerard Butler

The Case

The Prosecution: P.S. I Love You, The Bounty Hunter, Gamer, Playing for Keeps, Nim's Island, The Ugly Truth*

Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury, one name we keep reading week to week as a possible defendant for Movie Jail (other than M. Night Shyamalan) is Mr. Gerard Butler. This submission had us scratching our heads until we took a look at his filmography and pinpointed quite a few moments where he might've went wrong. We understand that actors like to switch things up and spread themselves out to other genres to keep things interesting and possibly open up a whole new audience to their craft, but damn, is this guy trying to purposely sabotage his career? As an audience, we expected big things from this guy when he hit the general population's conciousness with 300, but how do you follow that up with a rom com and a a kid's movie?. Look at his Rotten Tomatoes ratings and you'll see he's had only 2 (!) fresh ratings since 300. And speaking of Rotten Tomatoes, his new film Playing for Keeps is on pace to being the worst reviewed movie of the year. Lock him up? We'd say so.

The Defense: RocknRolla, 300, Law Abiding Citizen, Coriolanus, How to Train Your Dragon*

Ladies and Gentleman of the jury, is there anything wrong with making a living as a working actor? Do we not consider the actor's motivation, whether it's simply to receive a paycheck or try something new? Or do we throw money on the floor, yell "dance motherf*cker!" and expect the actor do what WE want them to do? Mr. Butler might not have the best critically reviewed movies, but audiences respond to them. This year's Chasing Mavericks received a rotten rating but audiences loved it, giving it a 76% fresh rating. Same goes for Machine Gun Preacher, The Ugly Truth and, Law Abiding Citizen (which he was great in even if the movie wasn't). Sure, we'd like him to play more tough guy roles and kick a lot of ass, but considering his penchant for peppering in some action flicks in between all the other fluff, we ask the jury to move for an acquittal of all charges.


IN CLOSING...

So, whats to be done with Gerard Butler? Is he a lost cause? Can we look forward to more "by the numbers", yet fan friendly romantic comedies and dramas? Or can we hold out hope that he'll deliver the goods once again? And the most important question to be asked, once all evidence is taken into consideration, we ask you The Jury, is Gerard Butler GUILTY or NOT GUILTY? Lets hear YOUR arguments, either side, by STRIKING BACK BELOW.

*The court recognizes that all movies are subjective, so relax.

WHAT SAY YOU, GUILTY OR NOT?


LAST WEEK'S VERDICT

It is the jury's decision that after reviewing last week's evidence, the court finds Ice Cube GUILTY of all charges. In what could be one of the biggest non-event trials in Movie Jail history, the jury, when they weren't drunkenly pulling themselves out of a gutter felt that Mr. Cube's transformation to happy go lucky, family friendly "Dad" was a poor move for his career. Authorities will keep a close eye on him in to see how his next films develop, at which point (depending on his roles) he might paroled or thrown into the Hole.

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7:48PM on 12/12/2012

He was never a great talent, acting-wise.

And he has a serious case of douche-face. Combined with his lack of on-screen charisma and epic fails at choosing projects, is it really a wonder that his last four movies have bombed as hard as they have? Audiences are sending a message to Hollywood: this guy is not a star.
And he has a serious case of douche-face. Combined with his lack of on-screen charisma and epic fails at choosing projects, is it really a wonder that his last four movies have bombed as hard as they have? Audiences are sending a message to Hollywood: this guy is not a star.
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5:57PM on 12/12/2012

Guilty

You forgot to put "The Phantom of The Opera" under defense.
Oh Gerard. You are talent and great looking, so why do you continue with these awful romantic comedies? You are closing in on Aston Kutcher status with these bad films. Sorry buddy, you need some good quality jail time.
You forgot to put "The Phantom of The Opera" under defense.
Oh Gerard. You are talent and great looking, so why do you continue with these awful romantic comedies? You are closing in on Aston Kutcher status with these bad films. Sorry buddy, you need some good quality jail time.
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5:37PM on 12/12/2012
The non-action films he makes are in the unwatchable category for me. Guilty.
The non-action films he makes are in the unwatchable category for me. Guilty.
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4:07PM on 12/12/2012

Not Guilty

His characters in my opinion in 300, Gamer, Reign of fire, law abiding citizen, Machine gun Preacher and rock and rolla were pretty awesome characters. I don't blame him for not wanting to be type casted as just an action star. Dudes smart, he knows chicks gotta dig him too.
His characters in my opinion in 300, Gamer, Reign of fire, law abiding citizen, Machine gun Preacher and rock and rolla were pretty awesome characters. I don't blame him for not wanting to be type casted as just an action star. Dudes smart, he knows chicks gotta dig him too.
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4:03PM on 12/12/2012

Not Guilty

His characters in my opinion in 300, Gamer, Reign of fire, law abiding citizen, Machine gun Preacher and rock and rolla were pretty awesome characters. I don't blame him for not wanting to be type casted as just an action star. Dudes smart, he knows chicks gotta dig him too.
His characters in my opinion in 300, Gamer, Reign of fire, law abiding citizen, Machine gun Preacher and rock and rolla were pretty awesome characters. I don't blame him for not wanting to be type casted as just an action star. Dudes smart, he knows chicks gotta dig him too.
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1:00PM on 12/12/2012

GUILTY AS HELL!

You can count this guy's good movies on one finger (300), and that movie probably would have been just as good with someone else in the lead. Throw him in movie jail and never let him out.
You can count this guy's good movies on one finger (300), and that movie probably would have been just as good with someone else in the lead. Throw him in movie jail and never let him out.
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12:18PM on 12/12/2012

NOT GUILTY

Still think the guy has what it takes. And I don't wanna get kicked down a pit when he see's this post. I would have liked to have seen him as Bond.
Still think the guy has what it takes. And I don't wanna get kicked down a pit when he see's this post. I would have liked to have seen him as Bond.
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6:52AM on 12/12/2012

Guilty

Hes been great in 300 and Machine Gun Preacher. But thats it. There was a time when his name was attached to every new project from the remake of "Escape from NY" to the new Mad Max. Nowadays he lost his momentum and reputation. Lets hope he gets his groove back.
Hes been great in 300 and Machine Gun Preacher. But thats it. There was a time when his name was attached to every new project from the remake of "Escape from NY" to the new Mad Max. Nowadays he lost his momentum and reputation. Lets hope he gets his groove back.
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6:15AM on 12/12/2012

Guilty

Dude did 300. Has been riding on that wave of good will ever since.

But Bounty Hunter + Ugly Truth + Playing for Keeps + P.S. I Love You = No Parole
Dude did 300. Has been riding on that wave of good will ever since.

But Bounty Hunter + Ugly Truth + Playing for Keeps + P.S. I Love You = No Parole
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5:31AM on 12/12/2012

Guilty

300 is his last great film. I lked him in Reign of Fire, even though he was a supporting role. I loved Law Abiding Citizen until it dropped one of the worst endings in movie cinemas on us His rom-coms are perverted garbage. Corlianus, was decent except for the Shakespearian language they talked in which I'm not used to reading, much less listening too, so that ruined it for me. The guy needs a resurgance like The Rock, beef the fuck up and get some balls to the wall action flicks going.
300 is his last great film. I lked him in Reign of Fire, even though he was a supporting role. I loved Law Abiding Citizen until it dropped one of the worst endings in movie cinemas on us His rom-coms are perverted garbage. Corlianus, was decent except for the Shakespearian language they talked in which I'm not used to reading, much less listening too, so that ruined it for me. The guy needs a resurgance like The Rock, beef the fuck up and get some balls to the wall action flicks going.
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5:18AM on 12/12/2012

Guilty

His best role since 300 was voicework in How to Train Your Dragon. That's how much he's squandered his promise since then.
His best role since 300 was voicework in How to Train Your Dragon. That's how much he's squandered his promise since then.
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4:53AM on 12/12/2012

Guilty!

Sure, he showed some promise after 300 became a success. But i watched Bounty Hunter on a plane once, and that movie was so bad I wanted to walk out.
Sure, he showed some promise after 300 became a success. But i watched Bounty Hunter on a plane once, and that movie was so bad I wanted to walk out.
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2:43AM on 12/12/2012

Guilty as fuck.

Here's to hoping he finds salvation in jail.
Here's to hoping he finds salvation in jail.
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1:50AM on 12/12/2012
Not Guilty.

He just needs to get back into the groove of things and make action movies again. Get back in the game like The Rock.
Not Guilty.

He just needs to get back into the groove of things and make action movies again. Get back in the game like The Rock.
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12:05AM on 12/12/2012

Not Guilty!!!!!

I like most of his movies. But I also, as either habit or some weird defense mechanism, avoid RomComs altogether. I have not seen any of the movies in the Prosecution's case except Gamer, and i didn't really think that one was so bad.

As for next week? Let's do something controversial, how about Spike Lee? Or come up with a writer we can skewer?
I like most of his movies. But I also, as either habit or some weird defense mechanism, avoid RomComs altogether. I have not seen any of the movies in the Prosecution's case except Gamer, and i didn't really think that one was so bad.

As for next week? Let's do something controversial, how about Spike Lee? Or come up with a writer we can skewer?
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11:21PM on 12/11/2012

Not Guilty

Coriolanus was one of my favorite movies of 2011, so that gives him a lot of leeway for me. And three of his upcoming flicks (Dynamo, Thunder Run, and Olympus Has Fallen) all seem interesting enough and definitely are more manly roles.
Coriolanus was one of my favorite movies of 2011, so that gives him a lot of leeway for me. And three of his upcoming flicks (Dynamo, Thunder Run, and Olympus Has Fallen) all seem interesting enough and definitely are more manly roles.
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11:19PM on 12/11/2012

Guilty

Lets put Simon West on the stand next!
Lets put Simon West on the stand next!
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9:57PM on 12/11/2012

Guilty

As much as I like him as an actor, his choices haven't been stellar. While no, there's nothing wrong with an actor branching out and such, his choice of scripts haven't been the best. A light sentence though, as he still has potential.
As much as I like him as an actor, his choices haven't been stellar. While no, there's nothing wrong with an actor branching out and such, his choice of scripts haven't been the best. A light sentence though, as he still has potential.
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9:47PM on 12/11/2012
Guilty. His works as of late (since Law Abiding Citizen) are pretty much sh*te.
Guilty. His works as of late (since Law Abiding Citizen) are pretty much sh*te.
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8:57PM on 12/11/2012

Guilty!

When he's good, he's very good. Loved his voice work in HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, his performance in the underrated CORIOLANUS and the not-so-bad MACHINE GUN PREACHER, and his over-the-top acting in 300. That said, you simply can't erase stuff like THE UGLY TRUTH and THE BOUNTY HUNTER and films like PLAYING FOR KEEPS show that he's not planning on stopping any time soon.

So while I do think he's talented and underappreciated, his filmography doesn't lie. Therefore I must throw in my verdict,
When he's good, he's very good. Loved his voice work in HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, his performance in the underrated CORIOLANUS and the not-so-bad MACHINE GUN PREACHER, and his over-the-top acting in 300. That said, you simply can't erase stuff like THE UGLY TRUTH and THE BOUNTY HUNTER and films like PLAYING FOR KEEPS show that he's not planning on stopping any time soon.

So while I do think he's talented and underappreciated, his filmography doesn't lie. Therefore I must throw in my verdict, reluctantly, as guilty.
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8:56PM on 12/11/2012

Guilty!

When he's good, he's very good. Loved his voice work in HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, his performance in the underrated CORIOLANUS and the not-so-bad MACHINE GUN PREACHER, and his over-the-top acting in 300. That said, you simply can't erase stuff like THE UGLY TRUTH and THE BOUNTY HUNTER and films like PLAYING FOR KEEPS show that he's not planning on stopping any time soon.

So while I do think he's talented and underappreciated, his filmography doesn't lie. Therefore I must throw in my verdict,
When he's good, he's very good. Loved his voice work in HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, his performance in the underrated CORIOLANUS and the not-so-bad MACHINE GUN PREACHER, and his over-the-top acting in 300. That said, you simply can't erase stuff like THE UGLY TRUTH and THE BOUNTY HUNTER and films like PLAYING FOR KEEPS show that he's not planning on stopping any time soon.

So while I do think he's talented and underappreciated, his filmography doesn't lie. Therefore I must throw in my verdict, reluctantly, as guilty.
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7:36PM on 12/11/2012

Guilty

He is a one hit wonder with 300 & thats about it. Although I did like him in Law Abiding Citizen which is a very underrated movie.
He is a one hit wonder with 300 & thats about it. Although I did like him in Law Abiding Citizen which is a very underrated movie.
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7:26PM on 12/11/2012

Guilty

Life without parole.
Life without parole.
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6:47PM on 12/11/2012
Guilty as hell. He started out well, but then he resigned to the rom-com thing like Matt Mcconaughey did. Now all we do is suffer through him making bad Jenniifer Aniston movie after bad Jennifer Aniston movie....GUILTY.
Guilty as hell. He started out well, but then he resigned to the rom-com thing like Matt Mcconaughey did. Now all we do is suffer through him making bad Jenniifer Aniston movie after bad Jennifer Aniston movie....GUILTY.
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8:57PM on 12/11/2012
Hopefully he'll continue in McConaughey's footsteps and make a big turnaround like he did in films like TROPIC THUNDER, THE LINCOLN LAWYER, MAGIC MIKE, and KILLER JOE. I just want Butler to do it sooner than later.
Hopefully he'll continue in McConaughey's footsteps and make a big turnaround like he did in films like TROPIC THUNDER, THE LINCOLN LAWYER, MAGIC MIKE, and KILLER JOE. I just want Butler to do it sooner than later.
1:47AM on 12/12/2012
Agreed...I'm all for 2nd chances....
Agreed...I'm all for 2nd chances....
6:35PM on 12/11/2012

Not Guilty

I ignore most the rom-com's, so I only know his better films. It's not a real strong track record, but its just decent enough for me to give him a not guilty verdict, provided he does more action and less romatic comidies.
I ignore most the rom-com's, so I only know his better films. It's not a real strong track record, but its just decent enough for me to give him a not guilty verdict, provided he does more action and less romatic comidies.
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6:28PM on 12/11/2012
Guilty, the only movie i actually liked him in and his acting shined, was "300"

everything else he just seems outta place.
Next Defendant: Ivan Reitman
Guilty, the only movie i actually liked him in and his acting shined, was "300"

everything else he just seems outta place.
Next Defendant: Ivan Reitman
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5:50PM on 12/11/2012

very guilty

his crimes are made even more egregious by the fact that he started out so well and fell so far so fast.
his crimes are made even more egregious by the fact that he started out so well and fell so far so fast.
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5:48PM on 12/11/2012

Not Guilty

Barely not guilty. Sorry but the guy has two sides. KICK ASS ACTION STAR or SLEEPY ROM COM dude. But overall if you can't convict Mcconaughey, then why should Gerry get convicted?


Here's a Question?
Is there anybody who would get there case thrown out of Movie Jail due to In-sufficient evidence?
Barely not guilty. Sorry but the guy has two sides. KICK ASS ACTION STAR or SLEEPY ROM COM dude. But overall if you can't convict Mcconaughey, then why should Gerry get convicted?


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Is there anybody who would get there case thrown out of Movie Jail due to In-sufficient evidence?
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9:12PM on 12/11/2012
That's a really great question. I suppose that someone could have their case thrown out but I don't know if insufficient evidence would be a good cause, considering the Schmoes are voting yay or nay on this. Behind the scenes we have talked about other avenues such as reinstating old cases for retrial based on a person's recent work.
That's a really great question. I suppose that someone could have their case thrown out but I don't know if insufficient evidence would be a good cause, considering the Schmoes are voting yay or nay on this. Behind the scenes we have talked about other avenues such as reinstating old cases for retrial based on a person's recent work.
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5:30PM on 12/11/2012

Guilty as hell

If only because he had a lot of promise. He seems to have a real problem selecting material. The only good movie he has done since 300 was Rock'N'Rolla, though I haven't seen Coriolanus yet, and RNR wasn't a commercial success. A lot of the movies he chooses are really dumb. No matter what genre, if he doesn't start putting some butts in seats he is going to be relegated to the B or C league soon.
If only because he had a lot of promise. He seems to have a real problem selecting material. The only good movie he has done since 300 was Rock'N'Rolla, though I haven't seen Coriolanus yet, and RNR wasn't a commercial success. A lot of the movies he chooses are really dumb. No matter what genre, if he doesn't start putting some butts in seats he is going to be relegated to the B or C league soon.
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5:17PM on 12/11/2012

Not Guilty (But only just)

I'm saying not guilty, partly because I can't go against a fellow scot, but mostly because I believe Butler can be great. He's doing too many Rom-coms, I can see that and I wish to god he'd stopped but when he's in other things he's brilliant. 300 cemented his place as a bad-ass and he was damn well the best thing in Coriolanus
I'm saying not guilty, partly because I can't go against a fellow scot, but mostly because I believe Butler can be great. He's doing too many Rom-coms, I can see that and I wish to god he'd stopped but when he's in other things he's brilliant. 300 cemented his place as a bad-ass and he was damn well the best thing in Coriolanus
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4:42PM on 12/11/2012

Not guilty

guy has made some kick ass movies and some shit movies, but he's got what it takes to be a bad ass action star, just needs the right material. Would love to see him in a hard sci-fi actioner
guy has made some kick ass movies and some shit movies, but he's got what it takes to be a bad ass action star, just needs the right material. Would love to see him in a hard sci-fi actioner
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4:34PM on 12/11/2012

Next Week

Next Week Sylvester Stallone
Next Week Sylvester Stallone
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3:05PM on 12/11/2012
This is a tough one. Not Guilty, but only if he gets back to action movies. One more romantic comedy and he's guilty.
This is a tough one. Not Guilty, but only if he gets back to action movies. One more romantic comedy and he's guilty.
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3:01PM on 12/11/2012

Not Guilty

...and Gamer wasn't THAT bad... oh, and I liked P.S I Love You, too.
...and Gamer wasn't THAT bad... oh, and I liked P.S I Love You, too.
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2:54PM on 12/11/2012

Not Guilty

Leonidas' role is enough to grant him another half a dozen chances.
Leonidas' role is enough to grant him another half a dozen chances.
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2:13PM on 12/11/2012

Not Guilty

He's getting a break because I don't think he is a big enough name to get a quality movie green lit all by himself. That and One Two is awesome.
He's getting a break because I don't think he is a big enough name to get a quality movie green lit all by himself. That and One Two is awesome.
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1:52PM on 12/11/2012

Not Guilty

The guy movies might not always be the best thing, but Gerard Butler showed he can be great in any kind of movie. Not something many actors can do.

Next, I'd like to see Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson take the stand.
The guy movies might not always be the best thing, but Gerard Butler showed he can be great in any kind of movie. Not something many actors can do.

Next, I'd like to see Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson take the stand.
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7:40PM on 12/11/2012
why The Rock, that doesn't even make sense?
why The Rock, that doesn't even make sense?
1:36PM on 12/11/2012

Great choice

This guy has fucking screen presence, but if it weren't for that I would barely know this guys name. His choices have not been fantastic despite some of his better choices. Gamer anyone? This man is guilty; however he should get short term probation rather than conviction. This is a guy who could really break down walls with the right role.
This guy has fucking screen presence, but if it weren't for that I would barely know this guys name. His choices have not been fantastic despite some of his better choices. Gamer anyone? This man is guilty; however he should get short term probation rather than conviction. This is a guy who could really break down walls with the right role.
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1:30PM on 12/11/2012

not guilty

and i liked gamer.
and i liked gamer.
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1:29PM on 12/11/2012

GUILTY

who did Butler piss off to continually be cast in Romantic comedies?
who did Butler piss off to continually be cast in Romantic comedies?
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1:26PM on 12/11/2012

Not Guilty

Butler is a great actor and always gives a great performance even if the movies are just 'so so'. I loved 300, Law Abiding Citizen, Gamer, P.S. I love You, Nim's Island, and most recently Machine Gun Preacher. He has great pre sense and I enjoy his diversity in films. And if Nic Cage can be found not guilty after all of the crap he has done then Butler should be no different.

For next week I would suggest Johnny Depp.
Butler is a great actor and always gives a great performance even if the movies are just 'so so'. I loved 300, Law Abiding Citizen, Gamer, P.S. I love You, Nim's Island, and most recently Machine Gun Preacher. He has great pre sense and I enjoy his diversity in films. And if Nic Cage can be found not guilty after all of the crap he has done then Butler should be no different.

For next week I would suggest Johnny Depp.
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7:41PM on 12/11/2012
why are you people suggesting people who don't deserve to be put up? I mean Johnny Depp really? He is one of the biggest stars out there?
why are you people suggesting people who don't deserve to be put up? I mean Johnny Depp really? He is one of the biggest stars out there?
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1:06PM on 12/11/2012

Guilty...

... although if he goes to jail he'll probably hook up with Jessica Alba in a lame romantic plot that will bore all other inmates to death.
... although if he goes to jail he'll probably hook up with Jessica Alba in a lame romantic plot that will bore all other inmates to death.
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12:54PM on 12/11/2012

NOT GUILTY

IF Kristen Stewart, Robert Rodriguez and Roland Emmerich are found NOT GUILTY then Gerard Butler shouldn't be guilty as well. I think he has picked some bad choices, but overall is a very likable actor.

NEXT WEEK: M. Night, Joel Schumacher, Mel Gibson, and how about Anthony Anderson
IF Kristen Stewart, Robert Rodriguez and Roland Emmerich are found NOT GUILTY then Gerard Butler shouldn't be guilty as well. I think he has picked some bad choices, but overall is a very likable actor.

NEXT WEEK: M. Night, Joel Schumacher, Mel Gibson, and how about Anthony Anderson
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7:24PM on 12/11/2012
the problem with nominating M. Night and Joel Schumacher to the court is that there is no question what the verdict will be. Guilty. It would be the biggest landslide this article has ever seen.

Gerard Butler is a good one because he has pretty much split the Joes down the middle
the problem with nominating M. Night and Joel Schumacher to the court is that there is no question what the verdict will be. Guilty. It would be the biggest landslide this article has ever seen.

Gerard Butler is a good one because he has pretty much split the Joes down the middle
9:22PM on 12/11/2012
Nowherdan136 has absolutely nailed it, and I'm happy someone finally "gets it" (tho to be fair, most people do). There's no point in nominating M. Night Shyamalan, Joel Schumacher, Katherine Heigel, or Pauly Shore to Movie Jail since most people automatically would say "guilty guilty guilty." The closest we got to having a "no brainer" guilty verdict was Kristen Stewart, and that wound up surprising everyone when she was found to be innocent. We're looking to initiate a discussion and
Nowherdan136 has absolutely nailed it, and I'm happy someone finally "gets it" (tho to be fair, most people do). There's no point in nominating M. Night Shyamalan, Joel Schumacher, Katherine Heigel, or Pauly Shore to Movie Jail since most people automatically would say "guilty guilty guilty." The closest we got to having a "no brainer" guilty verdict was Kristen Stewart, and that wound up surprising everyone when she was found to be innocent. We're looking to initiate a discussion and honestly I'm surprised at a third of the actors that are on the Not Guilty list.
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12:48PM on 12/11/2012

guilty

dude's terribad
dude's terribad
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12:36PM on 12/11/2012
GUILTY. Sorry Gerard...you had your chance to be the 21st Century Steve McQueen, could have even been James Bond if you played your cards right...but you opted to make your money as spank bank material for cat-hoarding shut-ins. Now sit back and watch as all your action movie roles go to Jeremy Renner and Richard Armitage.
GUILTY. Sorry Gerard...you had your chance to be the 21st Century Steve McQueen, could have even been James Bond if you played your cards right...but you opted to make your money as spank bank material for cat-hoarding shut-ins. Now sit back and watch as all your action movie roles go to Jeremy Renner and Richard Armitage.
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12:17PM on 12/11/2012

Guilty

I have seen a good performance or two from the guy, IE Coriolanus, but when he's in something I more or less make a point of avoiding it altogether anymore. Guess my take should go with a grain of salt 'round these parts, though, because I'm not a 300 fan.
I have seen a good performance or two from the guy, IE Coriolanus, but when he's in something I more or less make a point of avoiding it altogether anymore. Guess my take should go with a grain of salt 'round these parts, though, because I'm not a 300 fan.
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12:15PM on 12/11/2012
Okay, this is a hard one. On the one hand, the guy can be pretty great sometimes. Not Oscar-worthy great, but he's got presence. On the other hand, I think he could be the heir-apparent to Matthew McConaughey in the romantic comedy department, getting by on charm alone. Coriolanus aside, the last couple of years have been particularly brutal. Ah, fuck it. The guy's got presence.

Not Guilty.
Okay, this is a hard one. On the one hand, the guy can be pretty great sometimes. Not Oscar-worthy great, but he's got presence. On the other hand, I think he could be the heir-apparent to Matthew McConaughey in the romantic comedy department, getting by on charm alone. Coriolanus aside, the last couple of years have been particularly brutal. Ah, fuck it. The guy's got presence.

Not Guilty.
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9:27PM on 12/11/2012
Thumbs up on the weekly breakdown of your decision. Much obliged. Cheers!
Thumbs up on the weekly breakdown of your decision. Much obliged. Cheers!
12:02PM on 12/11/2012

Guitly

Im gonna go with guilty for now. maybe movie jail would toughen him up and get him out of the rom-com rubbish he keeps being in and back to an ass kicking action star!!!
Im gonna go with guilty for now. maybe movie jail would toughen him up and get him out of the rom-com rubbish he keeps being in and back to an ass kicking action star!!!
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11:54AM on 12/11/2012

Guilty

He's a great actor with intimidating presence, yet these movies he makes...Honestly, you know what I think it is? He doesn't care. I saw him at a screening of Machine Gun Preacher and he talked about Mavericks and Playing For Keeps but he said "I'm not gonna be doing much for a while. I'm shooting a couple of little things and then going on vacation." so I think that makes it pretty clear. Dude cashes the easiest checks and then takes a holiday.
He's a great actor with intimidating presence, yet these movies he makes...Honestly, you know what I think it is? He doesn't care. I saw him at a screening of Machine Gun Preacher and he talked about Mavericks and Playing For Keeps but he said "I'm not gonna be doing much for a while. I'm shooting a couple of little things and then going on vacation." so I think that makes it pretty clear. Dude cashes the easiest checks and then takes a holiday.
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11:53AM on 12/11/2012

Not Guilty

Cut the guy a break. so many of his films and roles aren't mentioned in evidence. How about his Phantom of the Opera? What about his role in the Tomb raider movie? He was excellent in Reign of Fire. Nim's island wasn't a bad movie, my kids loved it. You want to put the guy in movie jail for the roles he accepts, rather than his performances, which is pretty sad. Gerard Butler is a great actor. He smoulders on screen, but he can also bring the acting, playing a wide variety of roles.
Cut the guy a break. so many of his films and roles aren't mentioned in evidence. How about his Phantom of the Opera? What about his role in the Tomb raider movie? He was excellent in Reign of Fire. Nim's island wasn't a bad movie, my kids loved it. You want to put the guy in movie jail for the roles he accepts, rather than his performances, which is pretty sad. Gerard Butler is a great actor. He smoulders on screen, but he can also bring the acting, playing a wide variety of roles. You'd be hard pressed to find any movie that was bad because of him. You don't like romantic comedies, I get it. There's no legit argument for movie jail for Gerard Butler. He's the real deal.
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9:29PM on 12/11/2012
No legit argument? I think half the strike backers would disagree. But just ignore the defense that was written, which pretty much echoes your argument.
No legit argument? I think half the strike backers would disagree. But just ignore the defense that was written, which pretty much echoes your argument.
11:52AM on 12/11/2012
Not Guilty
Not Guilty
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