Gerard Butler, is that you? The handsome 43-year-old actor was spotted looking slim and clean-shaven during a recent night out as he grabbed dinner at Cecconi's in West Hollywood, Calif., on Tuesday, Sept. 24.
Wearing black pants and a tight navy t-shirt, a smiling Butler ditched his trademark scruff and showed off his dark locks with a shorter haircut for the outing. Just last week, the Scottish actor was spotted with a lighter look while walking his dog Lolita in Malibu.
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It's a new change for the Chasing Mavericks actor, who opened up for the first time to Men's Journal in its November 2012 issue about his rehab stint in February of that year. In 2007, the actor began taking prescription painkillers after hurting himself while filming the film Shattered. Three years later, his back problems would continue when he filmed Coriolanus in 2010.
"I think, on a basic level, I have a pretty addictive personality. Both good and bad," Butler told the magazine. "It was like somebody sticking a spear in there. It would get bad, and I'd take something. But I would always stop." The actor then decided to seek treatment at the Betty Ford Clinic for three weeks.
He added: "I was actually taking a minimal amount when I went in. It was more about becoming a mental warrior and not letting pain bother you. The [instructor] would say, 'I don't want to hear about your f-cking MRIs or your f-cking X-rays. Let's go do kung fu, let's meditate, and let's learn how to say to the pain, F-ck you.'"
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Up next, Butler is expected to help host (alongside other stars like Katie Holmes, Olivia Wilde, Russell Simmons and Will.i.am) the Global Poverty Project Concert in Central Park on Sept. 28.
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