Going in blind: Gerard Butler doubles as pie tester

March 14, 2013 at 11:58 AM ET

When actor Gerard Butler sat down Thursday morning to talk with Matt about his new movie, "Olympus Has Fallen," chances are he didn't think he'd be wearing a blindfold moments later.

No, it wasn't at the request of Savannah Guthrie, who admits to a bit of a crush on the actor. It was actually because Butler agreed to serve as a blind taste-tester for a set of peculiar pies.

BuzzFeed's Emily Fleischaker created the unique recipes in honor of Pi Day, which celebrates the mathematical constant pi, the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. (Thursday was March 14 -- 3-14 -- and pi rounded off to two decimals is 3.14.)

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The pies had everything from bacon and mac n' cheese to candy bar ingredients. The TODAY taste testers' challenge: to guess which flavors they were eating.

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Butler was more than willing to get in on the tasting action, and just minutes after his interview, he was blindfolded and ready for his first bite.


"The first one I was actually pretty convinced was rat poison," Butler told TODAY.com. However, on the second pie, he correctly guessed the ingredients: chocolate and peanut butter.


"The last one ... I thought I had an inspired guess, which was pineapple, but they said strawberry, so I felt like an idiot," Butler said. "But Tamron thought it was lettuce, which definitely mitigated my embarrassment."


Al had a few bites of the quirky pies, too. It seemed the dizzying array of flavors may have left him a bit... disoriented.

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