Gerard Butler: Dropping ‘Point Break’ Leaves Film in Lurch

By: Kimberly Ripley - May 7, 2014

Gerard Butler has dropped out of Point Break, the remake of the 1991 surf-crime thriller that starred Patrick Swayze. Citing both creative differences and a scheduling conflict, he is essentially leaving the film in a bit of a lurch–without a big name star.

It seems Point Break is set to begin filming in June and Butler is scheduled to begin filming London Has FallenOlympus Has Fallen’s sequel–in London this coming fall. Alcon Entertainment reportedly plans to go on with their filming schedule, hoping to cast someone in Gerard Butler’s place right away. Point Break will also star Luke Bracey from G.I. Joe: Retaliation, but he isn’t the kind of box office name that Butler is.

The original Point Break drew a cult following and initiated the 1990s wave of surfer slang, as well as a hilarious bromance between Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves. It’s sort of a far cry to think that a remake of that film–especially when it was supposed to star Gerard Butler–could have the same impact on box office numbers. Butler was to have played the role of Bodhi, a Zen surfer who was also a robber. This was Patrick Swayze’s role in the original. Who do you suppose will take Gerard Butler’s place?

Meanwhile Focus Features is excited to have Gerard Butler back for London Has Fallen. His character will attempt to stop a plot to attack the funeral of a British prime minister. The film will also star Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett and Radha Mitchell.

Was bailing on Point Break a good move by Gerard Butler or will it leave some producers with a bad taste in their mouths? He likely could have pulled off both roles if he truly wanted to. Do you think he felt a film like Point Break was beneath his level of talent?

London Has Fallen has been given a release date of October 2, 2015.

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Kimberly RipleyKimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.

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  • Janet Thompson Deaver

    Gerard Butler’s still a lawyer as well as actor. He dropped
    as the lead from BURNS then turned around three weeks later and PURCHASED the
    rights to it saying, “We’ll find new writers.” “Choosing” between cult-classic
    POINT BREAK and sequel to OYMPIS HAS FALLEN could be another ploy if he can do both films at the same time. Mr. Butler may have a “different thought” process in
    his portrayal of “Bodhi” than that of Patrick Swayze. Both are tremendous
    actors.

    Gerard Butler never would recreate another’s role UNLESS he sees a
    different but same character. Let’s wait for three weeks to pass then see who
    owns the rights to POINT BREAK.

    ¬ Janet Thompson Deaver