The Straits Times
Published on Dec 08, 2012

Scottish hardman Butler softens up for US romantic comedy


LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Scottish hardman actor Gerard Butler, known for thrillers and action movies, has softened up for his latest role, in a romantic comedy set in smalltown America.

In Playing for Keeps Butler plays ex soccer player George, who has fallen on hard times and returns to live in Virginia near to his ex-wife and son, vowing to rebuild his life and relationship with at least one of them.

But signing up as football coach for his child's team, while helping father-son ties, complicates things as the local soccer mums swarm to his exotic Scottish charm and rugged good looks.

The film, out this weekend in North America, is directed by Italian Gabriele Muccino, who scored a hit with 2001's The Last Kiss, but is possibly more well known for Will Smith movies The Pursuit of Happyness and Seven Pounds.