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Gerard Butler feared London Has Fallen terrorism backlash

Gerard Butler was concerned his new movie London Has Fallen would upset people sensitive to terrorist attacks.
The film, which is a sequel to 2013 action release Olympus Has Fallen, centres around a plot to assassinate world leaders.
Although Gerard’s United States Secret Service agent character Mike Banning is intent on foiling the murderous plans, the 46-year-old Scottish actor admits he thought the content of London Has Fallen might rub people the wrong way when he initially read the script.
“At the end of the day, it’s a fictional movie,” he told Variety, insisting the film sheds a positive light on the incendiary subject matter. “It’s entertainment. It’s about us winning. It’s about what happens when the s**t hits the fan, and who stands up to face the challenge. It’s based on heroism and the good guys kicking a*s.”
London Has Fallen boasts an all-star cast, with Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Robert Forster and Aaron Eckhart reprising their Olympus Has Fallen roles in the follow-up.
According to Gerard, the sequel was masterfully created, as absolutely no corners were cut on set.
“Don’t rest on your laurels,” he said of his mentality while serving as producer on the project. “A lot of sequels churn things up just for the hell of churning them up. We thought, ‘Where can we take these characters and extend ideas that came up in the first one? How can we make it a bigger canvas? How can we take it to new heights?’”
Gerard has an impressive resume, having starred in a variety of genres in the past, including romance and fantasy pictures – but he has a clear favourite.
“I love making action movies, but when you get your teeth into a chunky role in a drama and you’re so involved in it, that’s a very powerful experience and that’s addictive,” he smiled.
London Has Fallen reaches U.S. cinemas on 4 March (16).

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