Gerard Butler Quits 'Point Break' Remake

Gerard Butler

They wanted him so badly it was like acid in their mouths. But not this time: Gerard Butler has reportedly quit the pending Point Break remake, citing the ever-popular "scheduling conflicts."

The upcoming Butler project that's taking the blame for all this is London Has Fallen, the Olympus Has Fallen sequel currently set to start filming this fall. But given that Point Break was supposed to start shooting in June, it seems a little unlikely that the two productions would have overlapped -- it seems altogether more probable that Butler saw something he didn't like in the script, didn't get along with director Ericson Core, or had some sort of problem with new co-star Luke Bracey. Maybe he finally realized he'd be trying to interest people in a new version of a movie whose biggest audience has always been of the "too lazy to change the basic cable channel on Saturday afternoon" variety. Or perhaps it was just basic dog psychology: if you scare them and get them peeing down their leg, they submit. But if you project weakness, that promotes violence, and that's how people get hurt.

Whatever the reason, the new Break is now without its laid back leading man -- and since Alcon Entertainment is vowing to stick with its existing schedule, that means we'll be hearing about Butler's replacement sometime in the next couple of weeks. Any name-brand actors up for a surfing vacation? Call the Alcon offices.

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