The Phantom In the Opera
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By N Mark Castro
Gerard Butler, a Scottish trained lawyer and actor, has etched some memorable characters in his films, ranging from action to romantic comedies, including his caricature-like body in the film 300, with his infamous scream “This Is Spaaaarta!”
He has found continued work in Hollywood, earning the respect of his peers, the admiration of the film critics, and the adoration of fans.
That’s as Hollywood as it can get.
But perhaps what many may not know is that before he became this —
He was first this
Prior to his audition, Butler had no professional singing experience and had only taken four voice lessons before singing “The Music of the Night” for Lloyd Webber, but the producers believed on his “raw” quality.
And look how he did it.
And how heartbroken he was.
Did you know that Hugh Jackman was called to portray the Phantom of the Opera except that the schedule conflicted with the shooting of his film Van Helsing.
And that Anne Hathaway had also been called to act as Christine except that she was contractually obligated to complete her filming of The Princess Diaries II.