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Gerard Butler Tries to Clean Up Bad Boy Image

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 7, 2010 at 12:57PM

How do you clean up a celeb's rough-and-tumble bad-boy image? With a few well-appointed magazine cover stories.
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Thompson on Hollywood

How do you clean up a celeb's rough-and-tumble bad-boy image? With a few well-appointed magazine cover stories.

Gerard Butler, the subject of my latest Career Watch at Inside Movies, graces the cover of May's Architectural Digest, which features a spread on his 3300-square-foot Chelsea loft in Manhattan, complete with screening room, 13-foot-tall mahogany doors, erotic ceiling frescos and crystal chandeliers. Butler describes the loft, which was designed by architect Alexander Gorlin and designer Elvis Restaino, as "bohemian old-world rustic chateau with a taste of baroque."

And he tried to tone down his image as a rake in the April issue of Men's Journal, claiming that his drinking days are long behind him, and he doesn't go out with as many women as you think, despite tabloid reports to the contrary. "I'm certainly no angel," he told the mag. "There's no smoke without fire." He can't help but feed his macho rep by saying that at then-girlfriend Jennifer Aniston's Christmas party, he "trimmed her bush."

Down, Gerry!

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.