I was close enough to kiss Gerard Butler!

Yes, you read that correctly!  Last evening Mr. D and I attended the Toronto International Film Festival. It’s a prestigious event in the world of film and held here every September.

We Torontonians love it!

Hollywood royalty, like George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp, and Gerard Butler descend on our fair city.  And we go celebrity crazy.  :)

This is my first time at TIFF and Mr. D and I saw Machine Gun Preacher, starring Gerard Butler.  We were at the premier showing and had VIP access to the red carpet.  SQUEEEEE!!!

So, yes, I got to see Gerard Butler in person!  In fact, how do you like this for up close and personal!!


I held in my crazy fan girl scream.  Barely.  However, I will admit, with him standing so close to me, I wanted to whisper in his ear, “You want to play Jules de Moutier, my hero in A MIDNIGHT DANCE, right?”  LOL

This pic below is one of Gerard Butler on the Red Carpet before he approached. See him there above the blond woman’s head? He’s wearing a blue shirt. And he was coming closer and closer. At this point, I’m so excited, my heart is pounding. Mr. D is standing behind me laughing, thinking this is all too amusing.  

Mr. D and I were both armed with cameras.  Mr. D calls this pic below, “Lila and Gerard” because those are my hands up ready to snap the shot of Gerard you see above.  I allow Mr. D his humor.  



In MACHINE GUN PREACHER, Gerard plays the role of Sam Childers, a man who was a criminal and a drug addict and who turns his life around and helps save the lives of children in Sudan.  Below is the REAL Sam Childers. He’s an inspiration.  The movie, MACHINE GUN PREACHER, is a powerful film and, given that it shows the reality Sudanese children face, this isn’t for the faint of heart.
Below is actor, Michael Shannon.  He plays the role of Sam’s friend.
Below is actress, Michelle Monaghan who plays Sam’s wife (Gerard).


Before the feature began, the cast came on stage.  From left to right, Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Shannon,  Souleymane Sy Savane, and Madeline Carroll.



Trailer for Machine Gun Preacher — coming to theaters soon! I overheard the real Sam Childers say, “Children are still dying in Sudan.” This is the kind of film that stays with you.

In other news:  Book Binge has reviewed A MIDNIGHT DANCE is giving away THREE copies of the book! (Giveaway open until Sept. 16th). 
This was not like any other tale of Cinderella that I had read before – it was so much better.” – Book Binge.

Leave a comment HERE for a chance to win your copy of my Cinderella retelling!