During the Los Angeles press conference for How To Train Your Dragon 2, Gerard Butler told reporters that How To Train Your Dragon is one of his favorite films. Thus the actor had high expectations for the sequel, as he returned as the voice of Stoick, the Viking leader father of dragon whisperer Hiccup (Jay Baruchel).
The sequel, to Butler, is even stronger than the original. I think second one is even better,” said the actor. “It pushes the limits and the stakes in so many ways. Animation has come along so much and they’ve made absolutely beautiful use of that to make this a visually exhilarating ride you go on. Yet (the filmmakers) never shied away from bringing up darker issues and really keeping it exciting and emotional. On all those fronts, I’m blown away…I’m very proud to be a part of it.”
Before the press conference ended, Butler talked his upcoming picture Gods of Egypt, a flick that’s directed by talented filmmaker Alex Proyas (I, Robot and Dark City). The actor describes it as a cross between Avatar and The Lord of the Rings. Click on the media bar below to hear Butler talk about Gods of Egypt and Geostorm.
How To Train Your Dragon 2, which also features Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington as the voice of inept dragon trader Eret, opens June 13.