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Iron Man Star Robert Downey Jr. Lauds Gerard Butler’s $520M Franchise As It Gives “90s Movies” Vibes, Says We Need More Stars and Movies Like That

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Gerard Butler has been an integral part of why Hollywood witnessed a rise in the audience’s fascination with high-thrill action flicks in the decade since 2010. The kind of film that gets one gripping the literal edge of their seat in anticipation and fear of what might happen if a single element in the plot goes wrong was suddenly given new breath by Gerard Butler’s Has Fallen franchise.

In the aftermath of the franchise’s admirable success, the applause came not only from the masses in waves but from other stars within the industry, too, who suddenly found comfortable nostalgia in the adrenaline-fueled trilogy.

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

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Gerard Butler Receives High Praise From Robert Downey Jr.

The Antoine Fuqua-directed Olympus Has Fallen brought the former Secret Service agent, Mike Banning, played by Gerard Butler to the forefront, instantly relegating him to elite status among the audience. The reason lies not in Gerard Butler’s rugged charm (although it might be one of the biggest contributing factors) but also because the Has Fallen films brought something else to an already saturated spy thriller industry dominated by someone they call Jason Bourne.

Gerard Butler
Gerard Butler

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Robert Downey Jr., being the ever-articulate master of words that he is, condensed the emotions of an entire fanbase accumulated by Olympus Has Fallen and why it succeeded despite its formulaic plot. In a recent interview with Uproxx, Butler recalled:

“Robert Downey Jr. wrote me the nicest email after ‘Olympus Has Fallen.’ He’s like, ‘We need more of these movies.’ These are the movies, when I was in New York as a kid, and people would shout at the screen and throw things and be like, ‘No!,’ and applaud and cheer… They’re fun. There are reasons that they’ve survived. There are reasons that audiences come out. It’s like you say, it’s a throwback to the ’90s movies where you’re just like, ‘Come on!’”

No one would have expected Mike Banning to fail because, despite the implausible scenario thrown his way, the movie needed the underdog hero to succeed and deliver upon its promise of retribution by the end of the day. With people screaming and throwing things, the stakes were felt in every bone as Gerard Butler moves fluidly through the plot, delivering just as much drama and anticipation as is necessary for the plot to reach its satisfactory closure.

Gerard Butler's Mike Banning in Olympus Has Fallen
Gerard Butler’s Mike Banning in Olympus Has Fallen

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The Has Fallen Series: an Exemplary Hollywood Triumph

The Has Fallen film series, with Gerard Butler in the lead, serves up a delectable trilogy spanning the saturated yet never-failing arena of Secret Service operatives single-handedly saving the day after being confronted with an impossible situation. The plots bring back time and again the overly tried-and-tested formulae of a threat against the government or the President and Butler’s Mike Banning putting his life and skills to the most high-stakes test of all time – saving the Commander-in-Chief of the United States of America.

Gerard Butler's Has Fallen trilogy gains a cult fanbase
Gerard Butler’s Has Fallen trilogy gains a cult fanbase

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The fan response to the films, which began with Olympus Has Fallen in 2013 and expanded over time to sequels, London Has Fallen (2016) and Angel Has Fallen (2019), grew so large in its magnitude that industry giants with a keen eye took notice of it as well. The reason was apparent. It wasn’t a need for the audience to witness one man overcoming impossible odds and rising triumphant but the sheer cinematography, script, and execution of the films that raise Butler’s trilogy above all the rest.

As RDJ himself posited, the films brought back a form of nostalgia that harbored both – a mutated vision of the kind of unnerving and adrenaline-fueled chase that haunts every other spy action-thriller of today, and simultaneously painted the whole vision with a feel of the ’90s in a way that was tangible.

Olympus Has Fallen is available for streaming on iTunes and Hulu.

Source: Uproxx

Written by Diya Majumdar

At 25, Diya Majumdar is inching closer to getting to the bottom of every film and television's history in existence. Having graduated with honors in literature from Miranda House, DU, her passion and profession both include dissecting the world of cinema, with more than 900 published articles on Fandomwire. She is a liberally opinionated person with an overbearing love for Monet, Edvard Munch, and Van Gogh and boasts of being an avid painter of all their troubled works.