Gerard Butler Spent Seven Years Studying, Practicing Law



MY FIRST GUEST IS A SCOTSMAN YOU
KNOW FROM "OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN," "P.S. I LOVE YOU," AND, OF
COURSE, "300." PLEASE WELCOME TO "THE LATE
SHOW," GERARD BUTLER. ( APPLAUSE )
( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) >> HELLO! >> Stephen: WELCOME. WELCOME TO THE FRIENDLY CONFINES
OF "THE LATE SHOW." NICE TO MEET YOU. >> NICE TO MEET YOU, TOO. CAN I– CAN I CALL YOU– IS IT
GERARD OR THE FRENCH WAY OF SAYING IT? HOW DO YOU DO IT? GERARD. >> GERRY IT BETTER. IN SCOTLAND IT'S JERD! >> Stephen: IT SOUNDS ANGRY. >> IT IS ANGRY. WE'RE ANGRY PEOPLE. IN AMERICA, ESPECIALLY IF
THEY'RE ASKING A QUESTION, THEY GO, "SO GERARD…" FOR ME IT'S
DONE. TENTH OF A SECOND IT SHOULD BE
OVER. HALF THE UNDERVIEW IS DONE AND
WE'RE STILL ON GERARD. IF AMERICANS TRY TO SAY IT LIKE
A SCOTTS PERSON THEY GO GER AD. >> Jon: HIT ME ONE MORE TIME. >> IN SCOTTISH JERD. >> Stephen: YOU SHOULD SAY IT
LIKE YOU'RE NOT SURE WHAT THE GUYS NAME IS. >> EXACTLY. >> Stephen: COULD YOU TEACH ME
A SCOTTISH WORD OR A SCOTTISH PHRASE THAT WOULD BE USEFUL FOR
ME TO WHIP OUT. >> LET ME BAIL YOU A HEAP. >> Stephen: A WE BAILIARD
HEAP. >> THAT'S VERY GOOD. IT MEANS GO AWAY AND BOIL YOUR
HEAD. IT MEANS YOU'RE TALKING
NONSENSE. >> Stephen: IT SOUNDS– IT
SOUNDS NOTHING LIKE THAT! IT MEANS HOW IT SOUNDS. >> THIS IS ME SINCE YESTERDAY. THIS IS ME SINCE YESTERDAY. >> Stephen: MEANING WHAT? >> WHICH KIND OF MEANS, LIKE,
I'VE BEEN IN THE SAME– LIKE I'M STILL IN THE SAME MOOD. SO IF YOU'RE ANGRY– OR EVEN IT
COULD BE CLOTHES. IT COULD BE EMOTION OR CLOTHES. YOU GO, "THIS IS ME SINCE
YESTERDAY." >> Stephen: MEANING LIKE I'VE
JUST BEEN IN THIS KIND OF BAD NEWS. I'M IN A FUNK. >> YOU LOOK TERRIBLE. "THIS IS ME SINCE YESTERDAY." YOU DON'T LOOK TERRIBLE. YOU LOOK AMAZING. >> Stephen: YOU LOOK GOOD. YOU DON'T LOOK THIS GOOD. YOU DON'T LOOK THIS GOOD. BUT YOU LOOK PRETTY GOOD. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>> HOW– HOW DO YOU KNOW. >> Stephen: WHAT? >> HOW DO YOU KNOW? >> Stephen: PROVE IT RIGHT
NOW. THERE'S ONE WAY TO PROVE IT. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
YOU GO FIRST. >> I HAVE NO NEED TO PROVE
MYSELF. >> Stephen: HOW MUCH OF THIS
YOU STILL GOT GOING ON? HOW MUCH GOING ON? HOW MUCH OF THAT? POINT TO THE PARTS THAT STILL
EXIST. ( LAUGHTER ). >> YOU'RE RIGHT. NO. >> Stephen: THE HEAD. >> THE HEAD. I STILL HAVE THE CAPE. >> Stephen: YOU STILL HAVE THE
CAPE. IT'S MOSTLY MAKEUP, THOUGH. IT'S MOSTLY MAKEUP. IT'S PROSTHETICS. >> NO IT'S NOT! >> Stephen: MY MAKEUP TEAM
COULD MAKE ME LOOK LIKE THIS IN HALF AN HOUR. I FOUND OUT BEFORE YOU WERE–
AND THIS SHOCKED ME A LITTLE BIT– YOU WERE A LAWYER. >> YES. >> Stephen: YOU WERE GERRY
BUTLER ESQUIRE. >> YES, I WAS. >> Stephen: HOW LONG WERE YOU
A LAWYER? >> WELL, IT DEPENDS WHAT YOU
MEAN BY "A LAWYER." HOW LONG WAS I —
>> Stephen: PRACTICING LAW. >> PRACTICING LAW. I STUDIED LAW FOR FIVE YEARS. AND THEN I TRAINED AS A LAWYER
FOR TWO YEARS. >> Stephen: SEVEN YEARS. THAT IS A BIBLICAL LENGTH OF
TIME. >> IT IS, IT IS, YEAH. JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT TO OF TIME
TO COMPLETELY MESS IT ALL UP. YEAH, SO BASICALLY, I STUDIED–
I TRAINED WITH THIS BIG FIRM IN SCOTLAND, QUEENS SOLICITORS,
ANDREW CARNEGIE'S ESTATE. I WENT IN, I ACTUALLY ALMOST
MISSED MY– THEY WERE THE LAST BIG FIRM TO INTERVIEW, AND AND I
MISSED MY INTERVIEW BECAUSE OF MY LAST EXAM, I GOT COMPLETELY
DRUNK, I WOKE UP — >> Stephen: YOU FINISHED YOUR
EXAM, AND TO CELEBRATE YOU WENT AND GOT PISSED. >> I WENT AND GOT PISSED AND
MISSED THIS BIG INTERVIEW. I SAID I'LL TELL THEM I MISSED
IT. AND THEY SAID YOU CAN STILL MAKE
IT. GET ON THE TRAIN. I GET ON THE TRAIN AND I WAS SO
HUNG OVER. I GOT THE JOB. THREE OF US GOT THE JOB OUT OF
175 PEOPLE. >> Stephen: BEFORE YOU GO ON,
I HAVE TO STOP THE YOU RIGHT HERE. IF YOU TRAIN SEVEN YEARS FOR
SOMETHING, WHY THEN ARE YOU NOT TRYING TO GET A JOB IN THE THING
YOU TRAINED FOR SEVEN YEARS? AT WHAT POINT IN THE SEVEN YEARS
DID YOU– DID IT OCCUR TO YOU I DON'T WANT TO DO THIS AND KEEP
GOING? >> AT THE END OF THE SEVEN
YEARS. >> Stephen: LIKE, WHILE YOU
WERE DRINKING THE NIGHT BEFORE? >> PROBABLY, YEAH, I THINK THAT
WAS PARTLY– LISTEN, THAT'S ACTUALLY A GREAT QUESTION
BECAUSE YOU STUDY LAW YOU SPEND A LOT OF YEARS DOING THAT AND
YOU THINK, "I SHOULD DO THE NEXT THING. I SHOULD DO MY DIPLOMA BECAUSE I
DID MY DEGREE. AND IF I'VE DONE MY DIPLOMA, I
SHOULD DO THE TREATYSHIP"– >> Stephen: THERE ARE ALL
THESE SUNK COSTS SO YOU CAN'T GET OUT OF IT. >> EXACTLY. AND YOU FIND YOURSELF SUDDENLY
WORKING IN A LAW FIRM AND YOU FOLLOW THAT THROUGH, AND YOU
THINK I CAN SEE MYSELF NOW AT RETIREMENT AGE HAVING DONE
SOMETHING IN TRUTH I DON'T CARE ABOUT. I HAVE NO INTEREST IN THIS. AND THAT'S KIND OF WHERE IT ALL
STARTED GOING WRONG. WHEN I WAS TRAINING AS A LAWYER
I WASN'T DOING A VERY GOOD JOB. >> Stephen: YOU GOT THE GIG. >> I GOT THE GIG, YES. AND I HAD BEEN PRESIDENT OF THE
LAW SOCIETY WHEN I WAS STUDYING. >> Stephen: WOW. >> I WAS A BIT OF A HIGH FLYER,
UNTIL I STARTED WORKING AND THE REALITY SET IN THAT THIS WAS NOT
FOR ME. AND I ENDED UP BECOMING– I'M
VERY PROUD OF THIS– THE FIRST TRAINEE LAWYER EVER IN THE
HISTORY OF THE SCOTTISH LEGAL SYSTEM TO BE FIRED BEFORE HE
QUALIFIED. ( LAUGHTER )
( APPLAUSE ) BECAUSE I– THANK YOU! PRECISELY. >> Stephen: HOW DID YOU– HOW
DID YOU– HOW DID YOU– HOW DID YOU MANAGE THAT? >> WELL, IT WASN'T JUST A
ONE-OFF THING. IT TOOK A LOT OF WORK
( LAUGHTER ). >> Stephen: YOU'RE LIKE A GUY
WHO IS TRYING TO GET HIS GIRLFRIEND TO BREAK UP WITH HIM. >> YES. >> Stephen: SO HE'S A JERK FOR
ABOUT SIX MONTHS. >> THAT'S ABOUT WHAT IT WAS. I MISSED ABOUT 32 DAYS' WORK IN
ABOUT TWO YEARS, AND I THINK 25 OF THEM WERE FRIDAYS, AND FIVE
OF THEM WERE MONDAYS AND THE FINAL– AND I WAS GIVEN WARNING
AFTER WARNING, AND FINALLY THEY CALLED ME UP NAND SAID, "JERRY,
GIVE US ONE GOOD REASON NOT TO– NOT TO– THAT WE SHOULDN'T FIRE
YOU." AND I SAID, "I CAN'T THINK OF
ANY REASON THAT YOU SHOULDN'T FIRE ME. I WOULD FIRE ME, TOO." AND THEY SAID OKAY. THEY ALSO– YOUR DREAMS LIE
ELSEWHERE. THIS IS NOT WHAT YOU WERE– THEY
KNEW WHAT I WANTED TO DO. >> Stephen: NOW YOU'RE A MOVIE
STAR. >> NOW I'M A MOVIE STAR. THEY SAID, "GO BE A MOVIE STAR." >> Stephen: MOST LAWYERS WHO
STOP BEING LAWYERS ARE A MOVIE STAR. YOUR NEW MOVIE IS CALLED "HUNTER
KILLER," AND YOU'RE ON A SUBMARINE AND YOU PLAY THE
CAPTAIN. HOW OFTEN IN THE MOVIE DO WE
HEAR THE SOUND PINK! EVERY SUBMARINE-HAS TO HEAR THAT
SOUND, PING! >> EVERY SUBMARINE MEANS A
CONTROL ROOM, IT NEEDS CLAXONS —
>> Stephen: THIS GUY HAS THE TERMS DOWN. >> AND YOU HAVE THE SOUND OF
WARSHIP S. >> Stephen: CAPTAIN, I'M
HEARING CAVITATION. >> IS THAT WHAT IT IS? >> Stephen: THE SOUND OF THE
PROPELLER, WHEN THE BUBBLES COME OFF OF IT, THAT'S CALLED
CAVITATION. >> I KNEW THAT. CAVITATION. EXACTLY. >> Stephen: JUST SAYING. I'M JUST SAYING. PING! ( LAUGHTER )
WE HAVE A CLIP HERE. WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE CLIP. SOMETHING BAD. SOMETHING BAD OR GOOD, BUT IT'S
VERY DRAMATIC. >> I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S
HAPPENING. I DON'T KNOW WHAT CLIP YOU'RE
SHOWING — >> Stephen: THE BEST ONE. WEARING SHOWING THE BEST CLIP. IMAGINE A CLIP THAT IS GREAT
DIDN'T OF BUT DOESN'T GIVE ANYTHING AWAY. >> WHICH COULD BE THE CLIP. >> Stephen: OKAY. >> I THINK THIS IS US TRYING TO
NAVIGATE OUR WAY THROUGH — >> Stephen: GIVE ME ONE REASON
WHY I SHOULDN'T FIRE YOU RIGHT NOW. >> I CAN'T GIVE YOU ONE REASON. >> Stephen: JERRY. >> WE'RE GOING TO RUN STRAIGHT
AT THEM. >> TAMPA BAY, SIR? >> IF I HAVE TO SAY EVERYTHING
TWICE WE'RE NOT GOING TO MAKE IT. GIVE THE BEARINGS. WHEN I TELL YOU, PULL UP WITH
EVERYTHING. >> 200 FEET! >> RED SOUNDING. >> RED SOUNDING. >> 1-5-0. 100 FEET! >> REPEAT, RED SOUNDING. >> 7-5. 50 FEET, 40 FEET. >> CAPTAIN! >> 40 FEET. 2-5! >> RIGHT FULL RUDDER. >> RIGHT FULL RUDDER. RIGHT, CAPTAIN. >> Stephen: THAT'S NOT GOOD. THAT'S NOT GOOD. THAT WAS BAD. ( APPLAUSE )
GERRY, LOVELY TO MEET YOU, THANKS FOR BEING HERE. >> LOVELY TO MEET YOU, TOO. >> Stephen: "HUNTER KILLER" IS
IN THEATERS THIS FRIDAY. GERARD BUTLER, EVERYBODY! WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

21 thoughts on “Gerard Butler Spent Seven Years Studying, Practicing Law

  • July 4, 2019 at 6:16 pm
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    And the phantom of the opera

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  • July 4, 2019 at 6:16 pm
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    I like watching Gerard Butler beating up the bad guys; they deserve it.

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  • July 4, 2019 at 6:16 pm
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    I would listen to Gerard speak all day.

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  • July 4, 2019 at 6:16 pm
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    Colbert was a complete jackass to him for no reason at all. Butler is a good actor

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  • July 4, 2019 at 6:16 pm
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    How cud a jury not make sure this Lawyer won!

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  • July 4, 2019 at 6:16 pm
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    Hi daddy 💘

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  • July 4, 2019 at 6:16 pm
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    Him and Clive Owen are super handsome 🙂

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  • July 4, 2019 at 6:16 pm
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    Geri u Shit demon i kill u
    From Love
    Angelos

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  • July 4, 2019 at 6:16 pm
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    He should be the next bond.

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  • July 4, 2019 at 6:16 pm
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    why is colbert being such an ass?

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  • July 4, 2019 at 6:16 pm
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    his movie the vanishing was so so good also he's got many other great movies

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  • July 4, 2019 at 6:16 pm
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    I'm one year away from getting my JD… I hope I look half as good as this man when I practice lol. That suit is killer.

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  • July 4, 2019 at 6:16 pm
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    This guy that interviewed him is a total jackass

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  • July 4, 2019 at 6:16 pm
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    5:14 The rest of us. Depression sets in Whips out the whiskey bottle :/ It's funny but it definitely not funny.

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  • July 4, 2019 at 6:16 pm
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    Gerard, cool. Colbert, COMPLETE D-BAG !

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  • July 4, 2019 at 6:16 pm
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    HALF FACT HALF TRUE. SAD HE DIDN'T PURSUE HIS DREAM BUT LAW IS NOT FOR EVERYONE.

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  • July 4, 2019 at 6:16 pm
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    👏👏❤️

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  • July 4, 2019 at 6:16 pm
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    As if he wasn't sexy enough…awesome 🙄😘

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  • July 4, 2019 at 6:16 pm
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    alright !!! sonar jokes !!! I’m in !!

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  • July 4, 2019 at 6:16 pm
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    So, he could,hypothetically, say, "I am a lawyer and I can play one on (TV…film…stage)"

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