2010-04-17 01:47:30 (UTC)


Auditions for the films Trainspotting and The Lost Boys
inspired him to become an actor. Butler went to London
where he was approached by actor Steven Berkoff (who later
appeared alongside him in Attila (2001/I) (TV)), who gave
him a role in a stage production of Coriolanus. He was
cast as Ewan McGregor's character Renton in the stage
adaptation of Trainspotting. His film debut was as Billy
Connolly's younger brother in Mrs. Brown (1997).

His film career continued with small roles, first in the
James Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) and then
Russell Mulcahy's Tale of the Mummy (1998). In 2000,
Butler was cast in two breakthrough roles, the first being
Attila the Hun in USA film Attila (2001/I) (TV). The
film's producers wanted a known actor to play the part but
kept coming back to Butler's screen tests and decided he
was their man. He was cast as Butler in Dracula 2000

Since then he has appeared in Reign of Fire (2002) as
Creedy and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life
(2003) as Terry Sheridan, alongside Angelina Jolie. In the
role of Andre Marek in the big-screen adaptation of
Michael Crichton's novel Timeline (2003), Butler played an
archaeologist who was sent back in time with a team of
students to rescue a colleague. He went on to appear in
Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical The Phantom of the Opera
(2004), playing the title character in the adaptation of
the stage musical. Other projects that followed include
Dear Frankie (2004), The Game of Their Lives (2005) and
Beowulf & Grendel (2005).

In 2007, he starred as Spartan King Leonidas in the Warner
Bros. production 300 (2007), based on the Frank Miller
graphic novel, and Butterfly on a Wheel (2007) co-starring
Pierce Brosnan and Maria Bello, which aired on network TV
under the title Shattered. In 2007, he starred in P.S. I
Love You with Academy Award-winner Hilary Swank . In 2008,
he appeared in Nim's Island (2008) and RocknRolla (2008).
More recently he has also starred in the Mark Neveldine /
Brian Taylor film Gamer, The Ugly Truth and Law Abiding
Citizen, which he also co-produced

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