Gerard Butler may look solid as a rock (his chest certainly seems to be made of granite), but he's only human on the inside.
"When you hear the word rehab, you think, ‘He's a mess, he's f--ked up.' But I'm glad I did it. I've made a s--tload of wrong decisions in my life. But I know I've made some right ones as well."
To be clear, Butler emphasizes that he didn't go to rehab for alcohol abuse, a rumor that really "pissed [him] off."
"I haven't had a drink in 15 years," says the Bounty Hunter star, who admits to having an addictive personality. Rather, he checked into a pain-management program after being injured in a surfing accident while shooting Chasing Mavericks, which comes out Friday.
"I was actually taking a minimal amount [of pills] when I went in," Butler recalls. "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--king MRIs or your f--king X-rays...Let's learn how to say to the pain, 'F--k you.'"
As for the accident, during which Butler was pushed underwater by a wave for almost a minute, he says he had "visceral" flashbacks and his mind ended up in a place where he "didn't want it to be."
"They really do rip you apart," Butler says of rehab, which he compares to "spring cleaning." "You get rid of a bunch of s--t, realize a bunch more s--t, and you make a plan."
We're just hoping his plan involves more movies.