Mumbai: Gerard Butler refutes recent reports on his drinking problems while talking about his upcoming film 'Playing For Keeps'. Having starred in over 25 films so far, the grey-eyed Scottish actor is thrilled about his forthcoming romantic comedy film 'Playing For Keeps' in which he’s playing a football coach and romancing Jessica Biel. In a tete-a-tete, Gerard talks about life, cinema, music and a lot more...

You are a huge football enthusiast yourself, how much did that help you in getting into the skin of the character?

For this movie, I really started playing football a lot. It was a lot of work. I was very active when I was younger. That was my sport. I was a great player but I wasn’t a skillful player who can do all the tricks and keep it up but now I am a guy who can do tricks and keep it up too!

Did the father-son kinship portrayed in the film help you cope with your own past? (He met his father for the first time at the age of 16.)

Yeah. Whenever I hangout with kids especially cool kids like Noah (Lomax, co-star) who is truly an amazing child. He’s just so sweet, funny, humble and smart. When I was spending time with Noah, I used to think, “Oh God, I would love to have a kid like this!” Wouldn’t it be cool to be a father?

You recently turned 43. Any plans to settle down?

Absolutely, I would like to have a family. I find it very appealing.

And while shooting for this film, you were writing songs and recording an album?

I was actually writing a few songs at that time and Johnny Depp and I’ve jammed a few times before and that’s how he introduced me to Marilyn Manson and Jack Black.

There were also reports about you checking into rehab...

Well, I’m not an alcoholic. I haven't had a drink in 15 years.

You've been to India and were supposed to revisit last month. Are there any plans to be here anytime soon?

I am hoping to visit India soon and I hope I get a visa at least this time around!

Do you see yourself acting in a Bollywood film?

Why not? Indian film industry is great. If I get an opportunity, I'll definitely grab it without a second thought.

Lastly, are you in touch with Priyanka Chopra?

Priyanka’s been a great friend and we are in touch all the time.


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