Gerard Butler has had a tough couple of years.
On Tuesday, the Scottish actor opened up about his tough experiences — together with the destruction of his house within the California wildfires final 12 months and a near-fatal motorbike accident in 2017 — saying that what he’s been by means of has led him to “reevaluate.”
“These final two years, they had been attention-grabbing and exhausting,” Butler, 49, revealed, talking with Terri Seymour of Further. “A lot of stuff occurred like the fireplace, motorbike accident, different stuff went on, and a whole lot of it occurred very shut collectively and it simply made me reevaluate.”
The Angel Has Fallen star went on to say that though it has been almost a 12 months for the reason that Woolsey Fireplace that burnt down his Malibu house final November, the method of rebuilding is an extended and emotional one. In truth, building hasn’t even begun.
“It’s taking its time,” he mentioned. “It’s a really unhappy and emotional expertise while you stroll all the way down to your own home and also you see it nonetheless burning, , or a part of it’s. I misplaced a part of it and… all of the land that’s gone as effectively.”
“You go, ‘Okay, I’ll rebuild,’ however then it takes so lengthy simply to get the clearances due to the toxicity and earlier than they’ll even filter out the rubble you want permits for that after which the foundations are gone so that you’ve acquired to dig out the foundations after which they’ve acquired to take the topsoil off,” Butler mentioned of the painstaking course of.
“So it’s a very long time earlier than you even get near planning and beginning to rebuild, so we nonetheless haven’t began to rebuild,” the actor revealed.
Butler additionally spoke of Malibu’s robust sense of “group spirit,” which he has lengthy felt part of. After the fires final 12 months, the 300 star hosted a fundraiser to assist the rebuilding course of all through California, with proceeds from the star-studded occasion going to The Malibu Basis.
“It’s robust, and it’s robust for lots of people out in that group, however it’s a good looking group in Malibu, , with a whole lot of power and I believe that’s proven by means of,” he added.
Again in November, Butler expressed his grief for everybody affected by the devastating fires — the Woolsey Fireplace burned for 13 days earlier than reaching containment, and has been referred to as the worst wildfire in Los Angeles’ historical past.
“Returned to my home in Malibu after evacuating,” he wrote in an Instagram publish of himself in entrance of the stays of his home. “Heartbreaking time throughout California. Impressed as ever by the braveness, spirit and sacrifice of firefighters. Thanks @LosAngelesFireDepartment. In the event you can, assist these courageous women and men at SupportLAFD.org.”
In one other publish, he urged his followers to assist these much less lucky than himself, saying he was one of many “fortunate ones.”
“Driving round Level Dume on Saturday. My coronary heart aches for all those that misplaced their properties and their lives in California,” Butler wrote within the caption. “I used to be one of many fortunate ones, my house was solely partially destroyed.”
“Lots of people misplaced all the things and must rebuild from scratch,” he continued. “I’m okay and so grateful for all the effectively needs. Please flip your assist to those that want it most right here, and all through California. There’s a Go Fund Me to assist folks throughout the state affected by the fires. Please be part of me should you can.”
As Los Angeles nears the one 12 months mark from the tragic 2018 blazes, the county continues its rebuilding efforts.