Actor Gerard Butler Pulls 9.3Gs With The Thunderbirds

  • Mar 6, 2016 5:47am GMT

The USAF Thunderbirds shared some photos on their social pages this week saying, "Today Thunderbird 7 and Thunderbird 8 showed movie star Gerard Butler what the Thunderbirds are all about! Gerard pulled 9.3G's and got a first hand look at the entire demonstration."

Butler first met up with the team at the Daytona 500. The actor was the Grand Marshal for the 58th annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. He delivered the most famous words in motorsports, "Drivers, start your engines." as well as other pre-race ceremonies including riding in pace car prior to the green flag of the 200-lap, 500-mile race.

Thunderbird team member Derrick Young said after the flight, "Great day today! Had the privilege of meeting Gerard Butler after his flight with us today! Super laid back and a great guy!" Another fan who was there posted a photo saying he, "is so down to earth and one of the nicest celebs I have met. He wanted to take a pic with my little London

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Reviews for Butler's latest movie "London Has Fallen" indicate a bumpier ride for the actor.

  • London Has Fallen – and so has Gerard Butler's career. Toronto Sun.
  • London Has Fallen – Team America without the jokes. The Guardian.
  • London Has Fallen - and can’t get up. The National Post.

After seeing the movie myself I understand some but not all the negative reviews. Many at the theatre laughed out loud at the handful of jokes throughout and applauded at the end of the "Olympus Has Fallen" sequel. If you like lots of action you'll like the exciting chases and fights Iranian-born Swedish director Babak Najafi offers. I think a line from the movie sums it up. During a scene in which Secret Service Agent (Gerard Butler) kills an terrorist in a gratuitously violent way the President (Aaron Eckhart) asks, "Was it necessary?", to which Butler calmly answers, "No", and then moves on looking satisfied.

The cast includes Aaron Eckhart, and Morgan Freeman, with Alon Moni Aboutboul, Angela Bassett, Robert Forster, Melissa Leo, Radha Mitchell and Charlotte Riley in supporting roles. The story line is set in London, the British Prime Minister has died under mysterious circumstances and his funeral is a must-attend event for leaders of the Western world. What starts out as the most protected event on Earth turns into a deadly plot to kill the world's most powerful leaders and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. The only hope of stopping it rests on the shoulders of the U.S. President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart), his formidable US Secret Service lead agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler), Vice President Allan Trumbull (Morgan Freeman), and British MI6 agent Jacquelin Marshall (Charlotte Riley) who trusts no one.

Butler was born in Scotland, moved with his family to Montreal, Quebec when he was six months old and currently splits his time between California and the U.K. I'm not sure if he has ever pursued flying but if Morgan Freeman couldn't talk him into it then the Thunderbirds experience might.