Machine Gun Preacher trailer lands

"Don't tell me to calm down!"

A trailer has arrived online for Gerard Butler's upcoming redemption drama Machine Gun Preacher, with Butler getting the chance to show his cuddly side, as well as punching, shooting and shouting at people.

The film charts the real-life story of Sam Childers (Butler), a violent drug dealer who cleans up his act by becoming an aid worker in Sudan.

Naturally, he's not just any old aid worker, and it isn't long before Childers is shouldering a rocket-launcher to protect the local kids from conscription into a warlord's rebel army.

Take a look at the explosion-heavy trailer below...

It all looks a little uneven to us, with Gezza looking right at home with an RPG but distinctly uncomfortable when cuddling a child. That said, the action looks suitably pumped-up, and the plot itself shines a light on a corner of the world that doesn't get too much attention from mainstream Hollywood.

The film is directed by Quantum Of Solace helmer Mark Forster, with Michael Shannon and Michelle Monaghan joining Butler in the starring roles.
Machine Gun Preacher will get its international premiere at next month's Toronto International Film Festival before arriving in cinemas Stateside on September 23. The film is out in the UK on November 18.

Do you prefer your Butler shouty or cuddly? Tell us please!


    • Benmorse

      Aug 19th 2011, 11:51

      I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that this looks... pretty good. It COULD be (and probably will be - thanks, Hollywood!) a bit mawkish and overly sentimental, but it's the first time I've seen Gerry Butler look like he's throwing himself into it since 300. Kudos to the guy on FB who posted "THIS...IS....SUDAAAAAN!"

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    • Porkchopexpress

      Aug 20th 2011, 14:32

      Less Shindler's List and more Shindler's Fist! Although no doubt a Hollywood golden syrup ending will do it no favours. Still Butler doing action rather than romantic comedies is to be encouraged, he wears a deadly beard better than any other actor currently doing the rounds.

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    • Ali1748

      Aug 21st 2011, 17:12

      Looks really bad IMO and Butler's American accent is like Dike Van Dyke's English accent.

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