Gerard Butler reveals he sent Hilary Swank to the hospital


‘I almost killed her’: Gerard Butler reveals he sent co-star Hilary Swank to the hospital while filming P.S. I Love You

He was the one who was supposed to get hurt, but Gerard Butler reveals co-star Hilary Swank actually got seriously injured during the filming of 2007 romantic drama P.S. I Love You. 

The 300 actor appeared on The Drew Barrymore Show this week and told the story about the on-set accident that sent Swank to the hospital and him standing alone in boxers. 

‘She’s so cool and so great to work with that I almost killed her,’ he explained to Barrymore. 

Hilary Swank seemingly forgave co-star Gerard Butler for the incident, reuniting years later at an event in 2011

The actor explained that his character, Gerry Kennedy, was supposed to get hit in the face with a crocodile suspender clip while getting undressed in, but the metal fastener ricocheted in the opposite direction and ‘slashed’ Swank in the head instead.

‘The camera people had plastic fronts to protect themselves from this crocodile clip, it was so dangerous, I had to ping it and it would go past my face. 

‘This time, I’m crawling towards the bed, it gets stuck, it releases, flies over my head, hits her in the head, slashes her head.  I cut her open, you could even see the teeth [of the clip].

‘She has to be taken to hospital.  Literally, image this studio and in three seconds everybody is gone and I’m just sitting there in my boxer shorts and my boots and a pair of socks and I just started crying.’

Actors Gerard Butler and Hilary Swank starred together in the romantic drama P.S. I Love You

Actors Gerard Butler and Hilary Swank starred together in the romantic drama P.S. I Love You

Actor Gerard Butler dances around the room in a scene from romantic drama P.S. I Love You

Hilary Swank as Holly Kennedy in the romantic drama P.S. I Love You

Gerard Butler dances around the room in boxers and suspenders during a scene from the film P.S. I Love You with co-star Hilary Swank

He says he ‘almost took her eye out’ and ‘just made a fool of myself’ as they were filming the scene. 

Years later, the heartthrob laughed about the incident while retelling the story, but said the experience gave him imposter syndrome at the time because he was so nervous to work with Swank. 

During the segment, Butler also opened up about working with Katherine Heigl, Jennifer Aniston and wearing a leather speedo on the set of 300. 

The actor had nothing but high praise for his former female co-stars, including Swank, who is currently pregnant with twins.  

The Oscar winner first revealed she is expecting twins with her husband while making an appearance on Good Morning America in October.

The 48-year-old actress is currently expecting twins with her husband Philip Schneider

The 48-year-old actress is currently expecting twins with her husband Philip Schneider

The expecting mother – who also shared that twins run in both her family and her husband’s – said: ‘I’m gonna be a mom! And not just of one, but of two.’

‘It’s so nice to be able to talk about it and share it,’ she continued. 

Butler can be seen next in the action film Plane co-starring alongside Mike Colter, which hit theaters on January 13th. 

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