Celtic fan Butler tipped for Holywood footy flick

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By Cara Sulieman

SCOTTISH hunk Gerard Butler is set to star in a new film about his favourite sport.

The footie-mad heartthrob has already been linked to the movie as a producer, but is now gearing up to star as the lead in ‘Slide’.

Initially based around baseball, the film focuses on a dad who tries to get back in his son’s good books by coaching his team.

In the process of father-son bonding, he causes trouble as the mother’s fall for him and he falls for them.

The LA Times reports that Paisley-born Butler is in talks with producers to star as the coach.

Originally called ‘Confessions of a Little League Coach’, the movie has caught the attention of ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’ director Gabriele Muccino.

Butler is a staunch Celtic supporter, taking his passion with him when he moved to the States.

He has spoken before about his love of the team and how he misses going down to Parkhead to watch their games, saying it is the “saddest thing” about moving to the US.

He said: “It used to be when I was abroad I would be on the phone every week to get updates because you don’t really see matches over there, especially in Los Angeles.

“In New York you can be walking past a bar and they will be showing the game. But in LA you have to be up at six in the morning.

“So over the years it gets less and less that you see games. Now when I come back I’m reminded that they are playing.

“That is one of the saddest things about living in LA.”

Originally developed at Sony studios, ‘Slide’ is being produced by Butler’s company Evil Twins whose first project was Law Abiding Citizen.

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