There were no broken bones and he was treated for cuts and bruises.He rekindled his romance with on/off girlfriend Morgan Brown in time for the New Year.Gerard Butler is in mid-flow, telling me a very funny – and characteristically self-deprecating – story about trying to persuade the producers of his latest film, The Ugly Truth, that he should swap his native Scottish accent for a put-on American one – 'But with an American accent you won’t be as likeable, they said. Well, we don’t, they said’ – when we are interrupted by a waiter.
Meanwhile, Gerard showed off his gym-honed physique in a fitted white T-shirt teamed with floral swimming trunks.
And with the release of The Ugly Truth, a romantic comedy from the team behind Legally Blonde, in which Butler stars opposite Hollywood’s latest comedy darling, Katherine Heigl (Knocked Up), his stock continues to rise.
'Gerry is the movie’s secret weapon,’ Karen Mc Cullah Lutz, one of the film’s writers, says.
'He’s the guy guys want to be and girls want to be with.’ Butler plays Mike Chadway, a handsome, grizzly-voiced chauvinist who becomes a guest commentator on a morning television show produced by the romantically challenged Abby (Heigl), sending its ratings through the roof.
When he takes it upon himself to help Abby find love, it has some very funny – and fairly predictable – consequences. It’s Mel Gibson meets Cary Grant, where twinkling masculinity and wry sensitivity collide.