Less than a year later, he won a part in a theatre adaptation of Trainspotting, which he performed at the Edinburgh Festival.At age 30, Butler decided to move to Los Angeles; there he won parts in Dracula 2000, Tomb Raider 2, Dear Frankie, and Phantom of the Opera.Butler later described this year as, "I was out of control, and justifying it with this idea that 'I'm young, this is life.This is me just being boisterous." After his time off in America, he returned to Scotland to take his final year at law school.In the 2010s, he voiced the role of Stoick the Vast in the animated action-fantasy film How to Train Your Dragon, a role he later reprised in Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon (2010), Gift of the Night Fury (2011), and How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014).
In 2000, Butler was cast in two breakthrough roles, the first being Attila the Hun in the American TV miniseries Attila (2001).
Butler, who had had no musical experience other than singing in a rock band while he was studying to be a lawyer, was surprised at the interest, but immediately began taking singing lessons with a vocal coach.
The film, and Butler's performance, received mixed reviews, though Butler was nominated for a Satellite Award for Best Actor.
He admitted, "When I started out, I'm not sure I was actually in it for the right reasons.
I wanted very much to be famous." Unable to win any acting roles initially, he worked in a variety of jobs including as a waiter, a telemarketer and a demonstrator of how toys work at fairs.
Gerard James Butler (born 13 November 1969) is a Scottish actor, producer, and singer.