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.

Imagine that.


About Asmartrock

N. Mark Castro is the Southeast Asia Director of JUMP DIGITAL Asia, which is an internationally-awarded and fully integrated digital marketing agency with 5 out of 10 offices in the ASEAN region. He is also the Secretary General of the Philippine Business Club Indonesia, managing and assisting the traffic of investments between the Philippines and Indonesia. He shuttles between Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar, Singapore, Cambodia, and Australia. The views posted here are his own and do not in any way reflect the views of the companies he represents.

Posted on January 17, 2013, in General, Music and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I’ve known Gerard Butler since he played Dracula something. I wanted him to father my babies. Too bad I’m married now. :p

  2. You now have either a vocal coach or a book and CDs that can help guide you and teach you how to
    sing longer notes, sing more powerfully, or sing well in both your
    head voice and chest voice. Every singing lesson will be fun and help you become confident in performing live.
    They just got together and did a Pink Floyd album
    with classical versions and jazz arrangements and all sorts of different approaches to Dark Side of the Moon.

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