Way back when speculation was running wild about who should be cast as James Bond in Casino Royale, a friend of mine said to me adamantly, “No question! Gerard Butler, hands down. Dude. Geraaaaard Butler.”
Now, this was a good while ago, and I hadn’t seen Phantom of the Opera yet, so I didn’t know all that much about this “Gerard Butler” person. But before too long I went to an early press event for 300 at which we were treated to a surprise guest: Butler himself, sitting just a few rows from me, fielding questions like it was his favorite thing to do in the world. And not to get all fangirl on you or anything, but … well, I went a little fangirl. It was the strangest thing. I felt like those teenagers on old Beatles clips. The man is charm and sex personified — and soon, with the resounding success of 300, the entire rest of the world knew it, too, not just the millions of rabid Gerard Butler fans who, I discovered, can be both impressive and a little terrifying in their loyal devotion to “Gerry.”
Well, Gerry’s now trading in his loincloth for sensitive-guy clothes in the new romance P.S. I Love You, in which he plays a man who doesn’t let a little death stop him from expressing his love for the wife he left behind. That wife? Oh, she’s only played by one Hilary Swank, winner of (ho-hum) two Oscars, phenomenal actress and general ass-kicker extraordinaire (see: Million Dollar Baby, The Next Karate Kid). Heck, I’m pretty sure she could’ve played Bond AND the new Bond girl, if only anyone had thought to ask her.
In just a few days Butler and Swank will be interviewing each other at Moviefone’s studios for our Unscripted interview series, and while we’d be perfectly happy to watch these two sit in a room silently — or maybe duke it out, gladiator-style — we’d rather have some questions for them to ask each other. So let us have it, impressively terrifying Gerard Butler and Hilary Swank fans. Ask both of these stars whatever you want to know, and check back here the week of December 17 to see if your question made it on the air.
To submit a question, you can leave it here in the comments, or you can text one to AskCelebs@aol.com (brought to you by Verizon Wireless). Please provide your first name and your city and state, and if you’re looking for inspiration, then take a look at some of our past Unscripted interviews here. Good luck!