A Minute With: Actors Butler and Ferguson on Scotland and dragons

Wed Jun 11, 2014 10:48am EDT
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As two of Hollywood's prominent Scotsmen, actor Gerard Butler and comedian Craig Ferguson relished the chance to embrace their inner Vikings and ride dragons.

Butler and Ferguson reunite as Stoick and Gobber, two burly best friends in Dreamworks' animated fantasy sequel "How to Train Your Dragon 2," where they help young dragon rider Hiccup (played by Jay Baruchel) save dragons from intimidating Viking villain Drago Bloodyfist (Djimon Hounsou).

Ahead of the film's release in U.S. theaters on Friday, the duo spoke to Reuters to discuss Scotland and dragons.

Q: Growing up in Scotland, did you ever think you'd be in a film riding dragons?

Butler: Umm, yes. I'm surprised it took so long.

Ferguson: Yep. It was something that they taught us at school, that "one day, you two will be in a film riding dragons."

Butler: "And if you're not, you'll be failures" ... I think everybody has dreams of being in these fantasy worlds. But I think in Scotland especially - because of our history and the fact that our history is kind of "Braveheart," and it is dragons and Vikings and that kind of thing - that maybe it's even more important for us.

Q: Craig, your character Gobber spills quite a big secret: he reveals that he is gay. How important was that revelation?   Continued...

British actor Gerard Butler arrives at the premiere of "How To Train Your Dragon 2" in Los Angeles, California, June 8, 2014. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas