Gerard did an interview with the AP to promote Gamer, Law Abiding Citizen, and Bounty Hunter. Here's an excerpt from the interview which you can read in full here:
AP: Movies like "300" and "Gamer" tout a violent vision of tough-guy masculinity not seen in many films these days. Is that a subject you're drawn to?
BUTLER: I am very much a man and I naturally bring a masculinity to those roles. Mike Chadway in "The Ugly Truth," for example, could have been played in many different ways. ... But I also think I'm attracted to roles where guys get to talk about the mythical struggle of guys and what it is to be a man.
AP: You've also become a sex symbol, a role you've made light of but acknowledged is mostly to the good.
BUTLER: I joke with that because it's way better to be appreciated than to not be appreciated. For anybody to blow it off and dismiss it, they're either insane or they're just not being honest or they're being extremely arrogant. ... As you're saying that, my natural response is going to be, "Well, I don't really see it." But then again, I do — just on the street sometimes.