Gerard Butler on the Set of “Gods of Egypt”

Posted on May 28, 2014

Once again, Gerard Butler wears a skirt for his career. We have no problem with this.

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The ’90s Power Lesbian hair? That we have a problem with.

We think these costumes looks silly and cheap, which maybe isn’t fair since you just know this thing will have a thick veneer of digital special effects layered over every frame of it, making it impossible to predict what the final film will look like. Still, we were curious enough to go wiki-diving.  Apparently he’s playing the Egyptian god Set here.  Why does he look like Marc Antony by way of Middle Earth?

Whatever. Gerard Butler in a skirt, you guys. Isn’t that all that matters? Easy access?





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  • sienna elm

    Thighs and biceps…I always do prefer the dark meat. 😉

    • Jaeda Laurez

      Well, you won’t get any in this movie. *rimshot*

      • SpillinTea

        Slayed the whole movie in one comment. Yasss sista yassss!

      • suzanne77

        I say this with every ounce of affection and awe and admiration I can muster — DAYUUUUUUUUUM! Shut it down, we can all go home.

  • RussellH88

    Nothing about this reads Egyptian to me.

    • Eric Stott

      Maybe very late Egypt, when the Romans were running the place.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Historical accuracy or the lack thereof doesn’t pose a problem for the movie industry.

        • demidaemon

          Your words to my heart. SO TRUE.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            My husband and I were both history majors in college, and we are always calling historical movies and miniseries on their mistakes. I understand taking artistic license,and compressing characters and events for dramatic purposes, but throw us a bone from time and time and at least have the characters dressed appropriately, have the sets reasonably accurate.
            I have kind thoughts for “Kingdom of Heaven” because they actually built a couple of medieval siege engines, which I loved-also the performance of the actor who played Saladdin-he was tremendous.

          • demidaemon

            I was not a history major in college–though I did take a couple of history course–but I was introduced to and therefore became a big proponent of New Historicism, which i learned through my English major. It is basically a theory of using historical context to analyze the literature of the age it came from. So I know exactly how you feel.

        • Jackie4g

          Yeah, portraiture aside, and as a horrifying example, where does the industry come off to make a character like Henry VIII of England good looking, dark haired and slim? WTF?

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            WORD. Masterpiece Theatre ran “The Six Wives of Henry VIII” back in the 1970’s, and I loved every episode. I loved Keith Michell’s(sic) portrayal of Henry. He was allowed to grow old, infirm, and you could see how that must have affected his later marriages. He was the king, but he was mortal, and you felt that.
            Masterpiece also ran the fabulous series “Elizabeth R” with Glenda Jackson absolutely nailing the role. I think that both series are available on DVD, and might be available online. They’re both well worth watching, if you can find them.

          • Jackie4g

            I was around to see the Glenda Jackson Elizabeth R when it first ran, and she was astonishing. I will track down the Henry VIII this summer. Putting it on the list and thank you for the recommendation.

          • oldscrumby

            The Six Wives of Henry VIII is actually all up on youtube. I stumbled across it looking for some silly song about English Kings and was most of the way through Cathrine before I knew it. Good series.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            You won’t be disappointed. Each episode is splendid, with top drawer acting. One of my favorite episodes is Anne of Cleves, the marriage that was Thomas Cromwell’s doing and his downfall, as Henry took a great dislike to Anne when they met. The way in which Anne gives Henry a graceful out is so beautifully done-who knows if it’s historical, but dramatically and as human beings, it works.

          • not_Bridget

            Henry was good looking when he was young–a big guy with reddish hair. He didn’t age well. That appearance thing (& other omissions I’ve read about) have kept me from watching–even handy on Netflix. I remember the old Masterpiece Theatre Tudors well.

            Latest problem: Watching the bonkers, witty fantasy that is Sleepy Hollow on Fox put me on an American Revolution kick. It wasn’t a period I’d read about since school, so I’ve been very busy. So, I thought I’d watch TUR(backwards)N on AMC. Not only are they switching history around, but some of the changes make things duller. A few of the redcoats chew the scenery with style & grace, so it’s better than nothing. Barely….

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            As someone who is endlessly fascinated by history, one of my beefs with the historical dramas is that actual history contains so many fantastic stories and characters who were REAL. Imagine that.

        • Lucía Gavello

          Or geographical for that matter, I still remember the scene in X-Men allegedly set in Villa Gessell, Argentina, with HUGE SNOWY MOUNTAINS on the background.

      • DesertDweller79

        Why would the story be about the god Set if it were set in Ptolemaic Egypt? I mean, what would be interesting about Set by then? Wait…. what is the plot of the movie?

        • marlie

          Are we really supposed to care about the plot?

          • Jackie4g

            Yeah, the plot, the biceps and the thighs.

    • fursa_saida

      I’m trying to keep my bone-deep irritation penned in, because I saw the lily-white cast list last year and knew there was no way any of this movie would actually be related to ancient Egypt. It won’t help, I keep telling myself, just don’t think about it. BUT IT’S JUST SO WRONG, I want to wail.

      It doesn’t help that I have no patience for Butler himself.

      • Judih1

        I share your sentiments. But as someone said earlier – Hollywood doesn’t care about historical accuracy. So lily white casts for a movie set in Egypt, just as lily white cast for the movie House of Spirits – is just something Hollywood does.

        • fursa_saida

          Oh, I know. I guess I just failed to put that across in my comment. I’m annoyed and/or disgusted by every choice I’m seeing here, and I keep trying not to care because what else would you expect, but the irritation just keeps bubbling back up.

          Possibly it’s worse because I spent most of 2012 and 2013 in Egypt. Which, modern Egypt has very little in common with Pharaonic Egypt, but still, I read the cast list like a mile from the Egyptian Museum.

  • Danielle

    This is the opposite of a problem.

  • Janet B

    Can’t complain about legs.

    • homofascist

      I am going to complain that we don’t get clearer shots of them…

      • Janet B

        I’ll join you!

      • conniemd

        Seems like some kind of green counter is in front of every damn picture of those glorious thighs and legs. GRRR

  • jonnyf8

    Or as they sing on TMZ: “Couldn’t be any subtler, cuz he’s Gerard Butler!”

  • NMMagpie

    Oh, HELLS YES.

  • Denise Rambo

    Always nice to see Gerard Butler … he’s in my Top Five.

  • Oh good, a movie about white people as the gods of brown people!

    • RussellH88

      Compared to me he looks positively Kenyan.

    • Kimmu

      Ughhh I groan with you, since while I lovelovelove Egyptian mythology, I don’t love whitewashing at all.

    • Jackie4g

      Well, the Ptolemys were Greek, or more properly Macedonian, descendents of Alexander the Great, and Cleopatra is said to have had blue eyes, so yeah, white people were at some point in charge, and the perception was that Pharoah was a God.

      • not_Bridget

        Well, they were descendants of one of Alexander’s generals. But these guys will be playing Egyptian gods Also Nikolaj Coster-Waldau–who does look more godlike to me. (Less like a guy drinking a beer at the pub.) But more like one of the Aesir…..

        • Jackie4g

          Right, Alexander preferred men, it is said. Had to Google for Aesir, I am just now learning about Norse dieties.

    • That was my exact thought.

  • Eric Stott

    I predict a LOAD of cosplay knock offs of this look

    • RussellH88

      The look already looks like cosplay.

      • Eric Stott

        True – but the knock offs will be worn by guys about 50 pounds heavier…or lighter.

      • MK03

        It loos like some armor I once made out of craft foam and hot glue. And about as sturdy too.

  • Anna

    All the old paintings on the tombs they do the sand dance, don’t you know?

    Also: UNSTOPPABLE church giggles at “90s Power Lesbian Hair”

  • Mme. Moriarty

    Yet another movie about ‘antiquity’ that has no bearing at all on it.

    I long for a decent historical film set in those times, not crap like ‘Pompeii’ and this.

  • RohanMBN

    As someone who has an affinity for costume, this is rather disappointing. It looks like something I could pick up at target for my nephew.

    • 3boysful

      I thought his plastic armor was bad til I got a look at the “gold” chest.

      • RohanMBN

        I was so perplexed by the toy store aspect to the armor that I completely looked that one over. I have recently developed an interest in amour, both historical and costume, and this is just horrible. Even if it was made out of some sort of metal, the design still reads child play thing.
        Perhaps I am reading too much into this. Maybe he went to Toys R Us and decided to tap into his inner child and play dress up. We’ve all been there.

        • Sarah

          That armor is laughable in that if you were actually in an armed fight, it would protect you from very little. I mean, if I was in a knife fight with that armor, I’m going for groin and armpits, unless I can get a chance at chopping your head off.

          • RohanMBN

            The exposed armpits was the first thing I noticed. Maybe he is trying to avoid the dreaded mid-battle armpit stain? Many a solider has perished due to the embarrassment of such things.

          • Why should a god need armor for protection? They are all powerful gods, right? The armor’s just to try to look like a badass… with no budget according to this film.

          • Sarah

            Oh, man. I totally forgot about his divine-ness. NOW it makes sense. Not 😉

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I remember going to an exhibit once that featured a fabulous collection of European armor-the craftsmanship was superb. Granted that the rank and file soldiers would probably have worn much more utilitarian armor, it was impressive.

        • FibonacciSequins

          I swear I bought a chest plate just like that at Toys R Us a few years ago.

          • Jackie4g

            Did you wear it to work?

          • FibonacciSequins

            I bought it for a child. It never occurred to me that I could or should wear it. Sigh. Too little imagination.

        • not_Bridget

          One of the Downton threads made me reminisce about seeing an exhibit of LOTR props & costumes. Even if the armor was actually lighter for practicality, it LOOKED real. Close up….

      • smayper

        YES! I’ve just been re-watching HBO’s Rome, which has great costumes and sets. So the plastic costumes bothered me even more.

        • Sophie

          Just started watching that. With someone much more versed in roman history, telling me that, even when the set isn’t historically accurate because too much got lost in time, they still made very interesting guesses about fabrics and details. But maybe they’ll change everything digitally on this set once it’s filmed?

    • Judy_S

      Exactly–but he wouldn’t wear it because it looks too fake…

      • RohanMBN

        We are a family of standards.

  • KateShouldBeWorking

    The straightest man alive took these photos: Where are the thighs!?!

    • homofascist

      Thank you.

    • Wink

      One good photo of his legs just may have made it worth suffering through the plastic armor he’s wearing. But, noooooooo!

      • KateShouldBeWorking

        These photos remind me of the blocking and camera angles used to hide pregnant actresses’ bumps. It’s almost interesting how they managed to avoid the thighs here. Almost.

        • Wink

          The photographer must have been far away from the action because there’s a lot of crap in the foreground — namely that green wall — blocking the view of Mr. Butler’s legs. (In the words of Joan Crawford, “Tear down that bitch of a bearing wall…”)

    • Kent Roby

      The photographer isn’t completely straight; he took a close-up pic of Gerard’s box (2nd to last photo).

      • KateShouldBeWorking


    • little britches

      Maybe a power lesbian took the pics? She was wondering if there’s a rattail on Set’s ‘do.

  • The slaves look Egyptian but the Egyptian god does not.

    • Anna

      Rodrigo Santoro in his 300/Xerxes drag would’ve made more sense. Better costume too!

  • lunchcoma

    The Nopetopus has strong feelings about Gerard, his cheesy costume, and this terrible-looking action movie.

  • Sobaika

    Oh yeah, Gerard Butler looks TOTALLY like an Egyptian God. So does Jamie Lannister. *grumble grumble*

    I guess I should just be glad Chadwick Boseman has a part in it.

    • Plus I see from IMDB that there is a host of Australia’s finest white actors in the cast as well.

  • LeelaST

    Wonder if they printed those costumes on set with a 3-D printer? The red minions are giving me Flying Monkies too.

  • SewingSiren

    Is this a comedy? It looks like it might be pretty funny.

    • Anna

      I think it will probably be unintentionally funny.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I’m thinking that this movie might go on my list of bargain films-if the local multiplex will let me in for $5.00, I’m good.

        • Anna

          Failing that, there’s always Netflix.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            True, but the bargain feature allows me to indulge my dark love for movieplex popcorn!

          • Anna

            Mmmm, movieplex popcorn. Sometimes the best part of the entire movie-going experience!

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Movieplex popcorn sometimes makes up for a lot!

          • Anna

            So true. *Side-eyeing August: Osage County*

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I know I’m in the minority, but I walked out of “Gravity” muttering about having lost 90 minute of my life that I would never get back-thank heavens for popcorn.

          • Anna

            I stayed till the bitter end of Gravity. Yes, the popcorn and the snacks/the need to get some value out of my money kept me there.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I was just relieved that I went to the afternoon show and didn’t shell out more money for that one. I swear, I was sitting there expecting Wow and not getting it-a damsel in distress move set in space….sigh.

          • Anna

            My friends LOVED it, couldn’t understand it either. I felt like everyone else was in on some joke that I just wasn’t getting. Good to know I’m not alone!

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            You’re not alone. We can sit together and commiserate. I was so disappointed, as I loved Cuaron’s “Y Tu Mama Tambien”, and his Harry Potter movie. What happened???????

          • Anna

            I know! I’m one of the few people I know who liked Great Expectations (yes, it was mostly because of Anne Bancroft, but still). I just couldn’t take it after the whole hallucination/George Clooney coming back scene, that took it to TV movie territory for me.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Is that the Great Expectations with Ethan Hawke and Gwynnie? I”ve never seen it.
            That George Clooney hallucination was bizarre.

          • Anna

            It was, I haven’t seen it since it first came out. I liked it then, but I was also 17. If I watched it again now, who I knows, I might want to consciously knock myself out with all I’ve come to learn about Gwyneth (I guess I hadn’t formed a strong enough opinion about her then).

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            You never know. Some movies stand the test of time. As for Gwynnie, I loved her in Shakespeare in Love-for me she really played that character beautifully. I also enjoyed her guest appearances on Glee. I’ve steered clear of Goopworld.

          • Anna

            True, as much as Cate was more deserving of that Oscar, I did enjoy Shakespeare in Love.

            Most of the time, I just view her as a privileged and hilariously out of touch person with no life perspective outside of the wealthy bubble she grew up and exists in, but she has been more insufferable as of late.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            For me my amused exasperation with Gwynnie stems from that obliviousness.

    • alyce1213

      History of the World Part One-ish.

    • not_Bridget

      It looks to have all the historical accuracy of Xena Warrior Princess. But none of the wit.

  • I’d say the “god of foreigners” (Set) could get away with being whitewashed, as there are some accounts of him having blonde hair, but Geoffrey Rush is Ra. So.

  • MilaXX

    I’m intrigued. I may wiki this myself

  • Sarah

    Where DID I leave my cell phone? In this plastic Ark of the Covenant? I definitely don’t have pockets in my totally ridiculous armor.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    “Gladiator – The Musical”. Coming to a community theater near you.

  • gloriana232

    Photos 1 and 2 had a serious Russell Crowe/Gladiator ripoff vibe.

  • Imasewsure

    Anything to keep him out of RomComs!!!

    “’90s Power Lesbian hair”… 🙂

    • NMMagpie

      Agreed on the rom coms but I was actually quite impressed with his performance as Aufidius in Coriolanus.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    For anyone who wants to while away an evening, may I suggest “Land of the Pharaohs”? It features Joan Collins as (surprise, surprise) a conniving wench who wins the heart/loins of the pharaoh, with her eye on the throne and the gold stash in the tomb.

    • Anna

      Thanks for the recommendation, I IMDB-ed and will have to check this one out. I love a good campy epic movie.

  • sundaynightaddict

    I swear he looks like Telly (Sesame Street) in almost every single one of these pics.

    • Joanna

      can’t unsee that.

    • Julie Chase

      Ha! He has about as much sex appeal for me as Telly.

  • Ginger

    Color me unimpressed.

  • YoungSally

    I see Star Trek — first time around.

  • carnush

    The armor looks plastic. Can they touch that up?

    • MoHub

      They will probably CGI it to look more like metal.

  • KT

    Ugh whatever. This script was terrible.

    • alyce1213

      I can only imagine.

  • Kate4queen

    I am totally okay with every aspect of this post. 🙂

  • FibonacciSequins

    That blow-dried pompadour is a hair-don’t when you’re wearing gladiator armor.

  • Wink

    With the beard, he’s looking a bit like Mel Gibson. That cannot be good.

  • Lily

    Russell Crowe wore it better.

    • quiltrx

      I always think of them as hot brothers from different mothers.

  • greymain

    He also has PERFECT forehead crinkles….

  • formerlyAnon

    I find the costuming-for-a-theme-park-experience-ride entertaining. I assume it’ll all look a little less like molded plastic and vinyl and papier mache on screen.

    There are a long line of actors I’d prefer to gaze at in a skirt than Mr. Butler, but his charm is enhanced a bit thereby, I will admit.

  • Jess Collett

    I’m more bothered by the fact that an African god is being played by a white man. And doesn’t have the head of a dog.

    • I didn’t know about Set’s mythology – the wiki page for him is hilarious. Homosexual episodes and possible representation as an aardvark.

  • unbornfawn

    Frankly, I hadn’t even noticed the hair. Sure hope the armor looks better after post-production..

  • Miss wks

    The gods must be laughing….

  • MoHub

    This may drive me to re-watch the Classic Doctor Who “Pyramids of Mars.”

  • Are these costumes left over from Planet Of the Apes?

  • Hermitage

    Sometimes I wish Tyler Perry and Steve McQueen would put on a charade of hiring All The Black Actors for some beefcake epic based on Hellenic/Roman times. And have Donald Glover play Hercules or something ridiculous, just for the howls of indignation across the internets. Have fake set photos with Oprah dressed up as Hera, it would be hilar.

    I am highly disappointed with the hair and makeup people here. If they could figure out a way to powerwash Fassbender to his prior megahot state for X-Men, they should be able to get Butler looking right. It’s not like he hasn’t been typecast into this role before, and there is no reference material to refer to.

  • KinoEye

    I so loved the phrase “90s Power Lesbian hair” that I had it copied and ready to paste into a new comment, only to be distracted by that stupid thing they call work. Thus, I found myself pasting “90s Power Lesbian hair” at the end of an email to the local school, which I totally should have sent them. Anyway, I nearly died laughing at my desk over that little quip. Brilliant as always.

  • Man Dala

    Arm-bands and bracelets, yes! Where’s the leather party? By the way, I thought this was the set of Katy Perry’s video for “Dark Horse”. Maybe they’re recycling, reusing, reducing?

  • DesertDweller79

    LOL, Egyptian? No. And the god Set? LOL, not even close. This is Roman, all the way. So, they are off by a few thousand years. Hey, Hollywood? We know what Egyptians wore. They helpfully drew us a lot of pictures.

  • xay

    The Kane Chronicles had more non-white lead characters than this movie.

    • suzanne77

      One of the reasons I actually liked the Kane chronicles.

  • quiltrx

    DEM THIGHS! Yes, for all roles, there should be a way to get him into a skirt. (Or those tight red pants in Phantom of the Opera!)

  • t bell

    Based on previous comments that the costumes are not authentic for the period or the setting I think that he may as well remove his and settle for a teeny loin cloth and sandals.

  • That costume looks like the one I bought for my son on-line for $19.95. Wha????

    • PastryGoddess

      Yes but does your son look like THAT in his costume.

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    His thighs deserve their own IMDb page.

  • marlie

    If he wore a skirt/kilt for every single one of his roles, I’d be totally OK with that.

  • Tee

    Did I over sleep and it’s sausage Friday already? Woo hoo! Do you take requests because I’d like to see photos of Ben Talmadge on the set of Turn. Total Colonial hotness!

    • not_Bridget

      Turn also has J J Feild–woof! And not-handsome-but-interesting Samuel Roukin (“Simcoe”) & Burn Gorman. Plus George Washington as he was in the Revolution–vigorous & charismatic.

      Too bad about the fractured history. And the focus on Abraham, in his hipster beanie…..

      • malarson2

        Simcoe is so perfectly creepy. That voice! Love it (even the beanie!).

    • malarson2

      LOVING that show. And Ben Tallmadge is a hunky new style hero for sure.

  • Columbinia

    Butler is Scottish, isn’t he? Aren’t skirts natural for Scotsmen?

  • Oh geez they slathered him in bronzer to make him look Egyptian didn’t they.
    NOPE not seeing this movie.

  • judybrowni

    Ya gotta feel for the poor sod in the Iron Man face mask, he must be sweating bullets under that.
    At least Butler can get a breeze up under his skirt.

  • Loramir

    Oh, Gerry Butler. If anyone wants to see how good he can actually be, watch the extremely good Dear Frankie, with him (not in a skirt, but a nice leather jacket, and using his Scottish accent) and Emily Mortimer. Before he acquired the air of Hollywood Douchiness and started starring in every crappy action movie and stupid romcom he could find.

    This movie looks SO bad. Everything looks like a low-budget fantasy movie and nothing appears to bear any resemblance whatsoever to ancient Egypt. And the blatant white-washing? What alternate universe do casting directors live in that they think this is okay?

    And Geoffrey Rush is in this, according to IMDb. Mr. Rush, you’ve won an OSCAR. Surely you can get better gigs than this…

  • Bradio311

    You just made me blush with that last part!

  • Fred Vaughn

    He still manages to give me lot of what gets me through life here, even if the hair is all kindza basic!

  • julnyes

    He is suppose to be Set?!? Would it kill them too cast an Egyptian actor in that part? Whatever.

    I just saw a recent post on Tumblr featuring pictures of the man who played a pharaoh (I don’t know which one) in Night At the Museum and my main take-away from that was that the guy was cute and surprise that they actually cast an Egyptian to play the character.

    (a web search tells me the actor is Rami Said Malek and he played pharaoh Ahkmenrah in three of the Night at the Museum movies…. also there were at least three of those movies)

  • Marn

    This white washed bs