Meeting Gerard Butler &
The Phantom of the Opera
When I first watched Andrew Lloyd Webber's film, "The Phantom of the Opera" I fell in love with the Phantom. Gerard Butler's performance was incredible, and for me, nothing has ever compared to it! I felt such sadness for the Phantom that the story ripped out my heart and left me feeling a very deep void. I watched the movie several times over two weeks. Finally, I decided to write my own version to fill the void and heal the soul. That's exactly what I did in my novel, Life After Phantom: Opera Erotica.
(The title in the first draft was "Erik's Life After Phantom".)
After I completed writing the first draft, I heard Gerry was coming to Hollywood to be on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He was my inspiration for writing my story, and I wanted to give him a copy. I planned a 3-day excursion and headed to Hollywood to try and meet him. Long story short, on March 2, 2007 I met Gerry. It was after the Leno Show outside in the parking lot. He was a passenger in a black Rolls Royce. The driver stopped, and I was able to speak with him. He said no one had ever written a novel for him before, and he very graciously accepted it. I was both nervous and in awe.
In May 2018 I finally got an address for Gerry's production company and I sent him the printed, edited version of my novel featuring the pink feather and mask on the cover. I hope one day to hear back from him about it.
Here are photos of the night I met Gerry Butler. You can't see much of me, but I'm holding the manuscript waiting to speak to him. After I gave him my manuscript, he got out of the car and walked among us, giving us hugs and signing autographs. I got those too. It was a phantastic night!
Gerry will always hold a very special place in my heart for being my inspiration. Writing my novel changed my life and healed a lot of my own wounds.
God bless Gerard Butler.
P.S. Be sure to watch the video of this at the bottom of the page. Enjoy!
This video was taken by someone after Gerry braved getting out of the Rolls to give us autographs. It was thrilling and breathtaking to meet him! 💕