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Hollywood actor Gerard Butler has said his in-
volvement with the Limacol Caribbean Premier
League (CPL) is for the long term after he ar-
rived in Trinidad to watch the climax of the in-
Scottish-born Butler, whose list of movie cred-
its includes 300, Reign of Fire and Olympus Has
Fallen, has secured an equity stake in the Jamaica
Tallawahs, and ahead of his side's semi-final clash
with the Barbados Tridents he confirmed his de-
sire to remain involved as the tournament goes
from strength to strength.
"Absolutely (it is a long term commitment)," he
said. "I did not do this just to be in it for a couple of
weeks. I did it because I hope this new league is a
long-term league and that it keeps going and
keeps building so it is an investment you hope will
build, but also (because) it is an excuse to come
out here (to the Caribbean) to a place I love."
Butler is one of several high-profile names to
become involved in the Limacol CPL with fellow
actor Mark Wahlberg taking an equity stake in the
Barbados Tridents while Sir Richard Branson's Vir-
gin Group is involved with the Antigua Hawksbills
and is also a tournament sponsor.
"A bit of rivalry (with Mark Wahlberg)?" said
Butler. "Absolutely. At one point we were going to
invest in the same team and then we thought it
would be better to keep it separate -- 'You take
Barbados and I will go with Jamaica.'
"He recently Tweeted 'We are unbeaten' and I
wanted to Tweet back 'Not any more, because we
took you down (with a six-wicket win at Sabina
Park on 17 August).'
"We have had a laugh about it and I am so glad
he got involved in this as well and I think more will
follow without it becoming ridiculous. I think Holly-
wood will take more of an interest in this and
hopefully around the world."
The 43 year-old actor explained his involvement
with the tournament began with a conversation
with his friend Ajmal Khan, the Founder and Chair-
man of the Limacol CPL.
"He (Ajmal) said there is a chance to create this
whole new league, make it really exciting, bring in
outside players and it will be the biggest party in
sport because it is going to be in the Caribbean,
(so he told me) 'Think about it and you could get
involved in that.'
"I thought 'You know what, for me it is all about
things that enrich your life experience.' I want to
get involved in different things so I thought how
cool it would be.
"And Jamaica, for me, I have visited there a lot, I
have a special affection for that place and they
have Chris Gayle, so I thought that would be the
one to get involved with."
Butler attended Thursday night's first semi-
final between the Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel
and the Guyana Amazon Warriors, a match won
by the Warriors by seven wickets, and he said he
could see immediately why the tournament has
taken off to such a great extent.
"I see the excitement," he said. "I ask people
'What was it like before?' and they say 'It was al-
ways fun but now it is a really fun.' It is much big-
ger, it is more exciting, it is just more. It feels like it
is becoming the European Champions League of
"I went to the (Red Steel -- Amazon Warriors)
game and it was a carnival atmosphere... among
the people there was a lot of competition but it
was a lot of fun and everyone was having a good
During his stay in Trinidad Butler has taken the
opportunity to meet the Jamaica Tallawahs play-
ers and staff and was impressed with what he
"They are awesome. Chris Gayle came up to me
last night at the (hotel swimming) pool and said
'We were wondering if it was you.'
"There are a lot of personalities in there but
they are very warm and humble and a lot of
strong and good players. I am excited and I really
feel like I got behind the right team."
Ahead of his side's semi-final date with the Bar-
bados Tridents, Butler was convinced his side had
the right stuff to lift the inaugural title, something
only time would tell.
"I do not THINK (they will win)," he said. "They
will. That is how it is. I think they have got what it
Having made a movie about football, based on
the true story of the United States of America
team that beat England in 1950, is there scope for
a movie about cricket and would he like to be in-
"Absolutely, I think it would be great to make a
cricket movie as you could come at it from many
angles, whether it be the sport angle, the dramatic
part of that, or somebody from another place that
should not be where he is.
"There are a lot of ideas you could put into a
great cricket movie. I know Brian Lara wants me
to play him so I think there is a possibility there,"
An audio version of the interview with Gerard Butler
is available for free editorial download and use at:
The inaugural Limacol Caribbean Premier League
runs ended last Saturday with the Jamaican Tallawahs
defeating the Guyana Amazon Warriors.
When news broke that Ben Affleck trumped
all to don the Batman suit in the man of Steel
sequel, all hell broke loose.
Social media erupted all over the world, and
right here at home, the imminent defeat of the
Red Steel at the hands of the Amazon Warriors
was forgotten as fans expressed their utter dis-
gust when the news broke (See comments in
sidebar) last Thursday night.
Never before has the choice for batman elicited
so much backlash, including petitions to the pro-
ducers, and even the White House, to rescind the
decision. Sure, many trashed George Clooney as
batman but that was before social media and cer-
tainly before Christopher Nolan transformed the
Batman franchise from a lightweight comic movie
to a dark and serious Dark Knight trilogy starring
the brooding Christian Bale as Batman.
Choosing Affleck as the ultimate defender of
Gotham City will, some argue, surely send the
franchise back to the days when big name stars
donned funny costumes and read cheesy lines in
various incarnations of the Batman movie.
The blame lies entirely on Affleck's movie past.
Having made a unforgettable entry into Holly-
wood with pal Matt Damon, writing and produc-
ing their own movie: Good Will Hunting, Affleck's
star went into freefall with the momentous flop
known as Gigli. Then he starred as an action hero
in Daredevil, the 2003 Marvel comic remake,
Hal Cie: BAD CASTING!
Keels Williams: ummm they watch daredevil
and thought that was a good idea...sorry he just
doesn't have that bruce wayne/batman suave!
JR Salazar: STEUPSSSSSS
Sofia Figueroa-Leon: Sweet
Vaughn Ramdeen: daredevil was horrible, gigli
was horrible and they better not cast matt
damon as robin
Debi Flemming: **vomits** well he has the jaw
line like the cartoon batman.. I'll give him that.
Bellies SuperNedd: as if d night couldnt get
Jarrod Ricardo B: That's like casting John Rit-
ter as Malcolm X.
Abigail Marissa: No one thought Heath Ledger
would make a good Joker so....
Astra Chang: Didn't he make some terrible
Chrismar G. Gittens: Booooooooo
Errol Sandy: He eh suit that Batman role at all.
Leah Blue de Souza: I'm just not ready for a
Dixie-Anne Banga: WHAT!!!! EPIC FAIL!!!!
CHRISTIAN BALE FOREVER!
Garvin Morris: He's an imps, he cyah act an ac-
tion role. BIG STEUPS!
Chad Ramgattie: Real Friggin Failure!
Kevin Grimes Lewis: I'll be rooting for the joker
Reon Elder: failure.
Renée Suga-b: I would've liked to have seen
Scott Adkins kick some butt, since he's a
fighter, has the build, looks the part of both
Batman/Bruce Wayne. Can't see Daredevil as
Batman.. . I'll side with Supes for this one since
they're planning to extend on MOS. I'm more
interested to see who they pick as Lex Luthor. I
trust in Zach for a good movie but not so good
choice... We'll see!
Steven Samlalsingh: Christian baled out?
Ronald Ramquar: Hell nooooo
Anisa Mitchell Messi: That sucks don't really
think he fits the part
Vikki Boodoo: nah wont be the catch.
Matthew K. Vernette: doh shit me up na
Anita Rajkumarie Gosine: Gross ... Can his
head fit in the batmobile?
which failed to strike a note among comic fans.
Yes, Affleck has made a solid comeback di-
recting and starring in last year's Argo but many
feel this latest role could set him back years.
Not surprisingly, there are those who think Af-
fleck, like Heath Ledger as the Joker, could end
up surprising everyone with a sterling perform-
Zach Snyder, Man of Steel director who will
also direct the new film, said that Affleck had
been chosen for his maturity to play an older
Batman to Cavill's more youthful Superman.
"Ben provides an interesting counterbalance
to Henry's Superman," the director said.
"He has the acting chops to create a layered
portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than
Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned
crime-fighter, but retain the charm that the
world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne."
Affleck also has the support of Avengers'
writer/director Joss Whedon who tweeted his
support of the actor.
"Affleck'll crush it. He's got the chops, he's
got the chin -- just needs the material. Affleck &
Cavill toe to toe -- I'm in."
Would Affleck silence the critics? Would the
studio cave into pressure and pull the cape?
Only time will tell.
and Gerard Butler
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