Since it’s Gerard Butler’s 43rd birthday today, I thought we’d celebrate it with a story about him, since we haven’t had one of those in a while. You know, ’cause ever since he developed the gut of a beer-swilling, football watching middle-aged father (read: morphed into my dad), he’s faded into irrelevancy.
So, Gerard and Jessica Biel (who inexplicably keeps getting roles) filmed the movie Playing for Keeps together in spring of 2011, coinciding withe period that Jessica and Justin Timberlake were ‘on a break’. During that time, there were rumors Jess and Gerard had a thing (they were boning). Obviously, it didn’t last and Jess and Justin ended up getting back together and are now married.
Well, last week, RadarOnline decided to resurrect the long dead Jess and Gerard rumors by claiming Gerard is now kicking himself in the ass on the daily for letting Jessica slip through his fingers:
When Gerard Butler’s new movie Playing for Keeps is released nationwide next month, it will be a bittersweet experience for the buff Scottish actor.
That’s because Butler dated his co-star Jessica Biel but now regrets the way he treated her and considers Jessica the “one that got away.”
Gerard, 42, was scared off by Jessica wanting something more serious when they filmed the romantic comedy, so he bolted – a decision he now regrets.
“Gerard doesn’t have many regrets but not treating Jessica with the respect she deserved while they dated is one of them,” a source close to the 300 star revealed.
“He genuinely believes she was the one that got away.
“Jessica liked Gerard a lot, she was into his boyish nature, but she wanted something more serious. She was ready to settle down.
“That’s why after getting close on the set of Playing for Keeps back in 2011, their relationship soon fizzled out.”
Who knows if this is true? However, I do buy the idea there was at least a flirtation between Jessica and Gerard. She was coming off a long-term relationship where she was rumored to be cheated on constantly by Justin. What better way to get revenge than by having a little post-break up sex? Also, let’s face it – Gerard is notoriously indiscriminate with women. His criteria for the perfect date is “two tits, a hole and a heartbeat.” And sometimes, I think the heartbeat is a “nice to have but not necessary.”
Anyway, happy birthday Gerard! Here he is through the years.