Gerard Butler may be known as a Hollywood bad boy, but the “The Bounty Hunter” star says he’s cooled things down — thanks to anxiety.
“I think I get laid less now than I used to, because I’m way more paranoid now. Look at f---ing Tiger Woods! I mean, I’m nowhere near as naughty as I used to be, partly because I did a lot of that when I was drinking,” he told the April issue of Men’s Journal.
“I’m not saying I’ve cut that part out. I’m certainly no angel. There’s no smoke without fire. But here’s the thing: While they’re accusing me of that, I’ve probably been off somewhere else doing damage with someone else. I’m pretty smart like that. I know how to get away with those things.”
While the star has been linked to a number of actresses — including “The Bounty Hunter” co-star Jennifer Aniston — following his breakthrough role in “300,” he said he’s only had a pair of relationships since coming to Hollywood.
“In the last five years since coming out here, I’ve had two relationships. I’m not a big relationship guy,” he said. “One of my vices is, I’m too wrapped up in myself and not always in a good way.”
Still, Butler admitted he and Aniston have become close friends.
“Very much so. Over Christmas, she had a tree-trimming party that I went to. Yeah, I trimmed her bush,” he joked. “S---. Please don’t put that in.”
And though he’s often pictured as calm under fire on-screen, in real-life, he said, he has trouble fending off his nerves.
“I was born into a world of anxiety ... I am slightly addicted to anxiety. When I’m feeling anxious, I’ll create more anxiety for myself,” he said. “Like I might call all these people about what’s fun to do tonight and end up with four different options, which in itself would put me into a blind panic; but then I’ll make another four calls just to make it 10 times more anxiety-ridden.”