Since "300” grossed $456 million worldwide, Butler's career outlook has dramatically changed. Next year, he will star with Jodie Foster in the fantasy film "Nim's Island” and in director Guy Ritchie's return to guns and thuggery, "RocknRolla.”
But he does not see those years at Glasgow University Law School and his two years of internship as lost time. If anything, the experiences taught Butler valuable lessons about his career.
"I don't see any of it as wasted time,” he said. "I honestly think that if I had left school, which I considered at one point to concentrate on acting, I wouldn't be here — I wouldn't have been successful.
"The teaching that I picked up both in studying law and training as a lawyer — because I did learn some stuff — has really helped me in organizing my career,” Butler said. "It's amazing how involved mapping out your career as an actor becomes in terms of what you choose, what you don't choose, how you prepare for meetings, the difference between a good meeting and a bad meeting, getting the job and not getting the job, which is everything and nothing.
"I always think that if I had left, fresh-faced, without that experience, I wouldn't be able to say any of that.”
Travel and accommodations paid for by Warner Bros.