Gerard Butler: Film is relatable

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A former professional athlete with a weak past tries to redeem himself by coaching his son's soccer team, only to find himself unable to resist when in scoring position with his players' restless and gorgeous moms. Gerard Butler stars as the main character, with Jessica Biel, Uma Thurman, Dennis Quaid & Catherine Zeta-Jones playing supporting roles in the sports-themed comedy film.
December 5th, 2012

Gerard Butler's new movie is about ''learning to grow up''.

The Scottish actor identified instantly with his 'Playing For Keeps' character George - a former professional athlete who tries to repair his relationship with his son by coaching his soccer time - because of his internal struggles in trying to move ahead with his life.

He said: ''Well, what attracted me to him was this guy's trip. He's a bit down on his luck. He's trying to make something of his life. He's a nice dude. You like this guy. He's a charmer, but at the same time, internally, he's kind of lost a lot of his confidence, and he's chaotic, and he doesn't really know how to hold his own space.

''I think this is a movie about, really, him learning to grow up. And I think we all identify with that is where to make the commitment, where to learn how to have some responsibility, how to get rid of the distractions.''

Gerard - whose character gets distracted by many of the mothers of the boys in his time - thinks there will be at least one character that every audience member can relate to.

He added to Buzzine Film: ''He comes to this town, he's a fish out of water, he meets new people; it's a new life, and he meets a lot of crazy people as well.

''And how do you deal with that, you know? He goes home; they're in his bed, or they're outside his house, or they're luring him in with jobs.

''And I think that it's a very universal idea. I mean everybody can relate either with the ex-wife, or the kid, or George, or the frustrated women who are in there, you know, who want a piece of him. It's coming from all angles.''