Gerard Butler has said eschewing his usual intrepid roles for a chance to play a hitman in his latest film was savor “changing from prosecuting attorney to defence attorney”.
The Scottish star plays a lethal assassin in the fresh movie Copshop, in which he salvage himself arrested to hunt his target inside the confines of a small-town police station.
Butler, 51, who is easiest known for playing characters intent on doing the simply thing in films such as 300, Law Abiding Citizen and Olympus Has Fallen and its sequels, said he embraced the chance to attain something varied.
He told the PA news agency: “It was another muscle to stretch creatively, to dawdle into a worthy darker, brutal, ruthless, mysterious mind and have enjoyable with that, because I normally play the fellows trying to establish an finish to them.
“So it’s almost savor changing from prosecuting attorney to defence attorney, swapping to gawk at things the other way.
“It’s fair always enjoyable to change it up and attempt something, something varied.”
Butler stars reverse Frank Grillo and Alexis Louder in the film, in which a rookie cop will get caught in the crosshairs as Butler’s hitman hunts his target.
He said: “There’s so many enjoyable, compelling, shocking characters in this movie, and they all have to face off against each other.
“I knew if may well would salvage some great actors in there, savor, you realize, Alexis, and Frank, then we can really have a movie that is incredibly thrilling, exciting, compelling, shocking, hilarious, surreal, and then it fair builds and builds.
“We talked about that Western, a small town sheriff, and the bad man comes in, but then the more serious man comes in, another bad man comes in and it fair goes from bad to worse.
“There is a real strain cooker feeling and and weirdly as the movie goes on most thrillers lengthen out, they salvage larger, by the tip this almost will get tighter and tighter and more individuals in a smaller space and it’s unbelievable how they can’t somewhat salvage to each other but they’re all savor cobras, waiting to pounce.”
Copshop is out now in UK cinemas.