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Star of ‘300,’ ‘Phantom of the Opera’ in Rehab

Feb 24, 2012  •  Post A Comment

A film, television and stage actor known for his roles in movies including “300” and “The Phantom of the Opera” has reportedly been in rehab, according to TMZ.com.

Gerard Butler, who played King Leonidas in the 2006 release “300,” reportedly checked himself into the Betty Ford Center three weeks ago in an attempt to head off full-blown addiction to prescription drugs. He was expected to leave the center today.

The story reports: “Butler’s problems were triggered by the physical demands of shooting ‘300’ in 2006. We’re told the actor began struggling with pain management, and the problem became exacerbated while filming ‘Of Men and Mavericks,’ when Butler was badly hurt on December 18 during a surfing accident.”

Butler has also reportedly struggled with cocaine use, the story notes.

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