Suffering a major surfing injury while filming Chasing Mavericks in 2011, Butler found himself at the hospital – and soon after, reliant on prescription painkillers. So in early 2012, the actor checked himself into the Betty Ford clinic for three weeks, and also revealed past struggles with alcohol.
The Bounty Hunter costars' flirtation seems to play out when the cameras aren't rolling: They are spotted hand-in-hand (and with the Scottish actor's hand on her backside) as the two promote their film in 2009. "I literally became a member of her family," Butler told PEOPLE of their relationship a year later.
Fresh out of rehab – and looking fresher than ever! – Gerard Butler arrives in style at The Weinstein Company party hosted by Chopard to celebrate Oscar Nominees at Soho House in West Hollywood on Saturday. Inside the bash, Butler chatted with guests and sipped what appeared to be soda.
MOST IN NEED OF A SHAVE: BRAD & GERARD
Skin is in, according to PEOPLE.com readers. While Brad Pitt and Gerard Butler tied for the title of sexiest scruffy guy (with 24% of the vote each), a whopping 53% said they'd rather see the actors make a date with the razor – and shave off the beards.
Lost 25+ lbs.!
"I'm surfing every day," the 42-year-old Scotsman told PEOPLE about his preparation for his upcoming surf movie, Of Men and Mavericks. The 6 ft., 2 in. actor, who weighed in at 197 lbs. for his muscle-bound role in 2006's 300, has also ditched weight-lifting in favor of yoga and cardio and a diet rich in protein and vegetables. "I generally train for a role and give everything to that," he explains.
The great Scot took a victory lap after showing off his sweet soccer moves at a charity game in August, where the Celtic football team dominated Manchester United, 5-2. "I can kick a ball around, but I am certainly not bending it like Beckham," the modest actor tells PEOPLE.
I spy a hit! The actor, looking debonair in a navy suit, inspires fans to follow his lead on the red carpet during premiere of his action movie, Machine Gun Preacher.
Gerard Butler takes a victory lap after a charity soccer match win in Glasgow, Scotland, on Aug. 9. Butler played for the Celtic team, which beat Manchester United 5-2.
A scruffy Gerard Butler catches up on the news – and gets a java boost! – while out and about in L.A. on Thursday.