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Gerard Butler becomes Glasgow's film ambassador

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Gerard Butler has starred in Hollywood hits such as 300

Hollywood star Gerard Butler has thrown his weight behind promoting the city of Glasgow in an effort to boost the number of films shot in the city.

The Paisley-born actor, who starred in films such as 300 and PS, I Love You, has been made the new ambassador for the Glasgow Film Office.

It heads a partnership which aims to make the process of arranging filming in the city as "simple as possible".

Last year film and TV productions were said to have generated about £18m.

The Glasgow Film Office heads the Glasgow Film Partnership which brings together organisations such as Glasgow City Council, the Centre of Contemporary Arts, Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Opera.

In the past 12 months GFO has helped 15 productions film scenes in the city, including the movie The Last Word starring Ewan McGregor.

GFO offers a free service, which includes advice on locations, to productions wanting to film in the city.

Its new figurehead said he was delighted to do anything he could to support the film and television industry in Glasgow.

Butler said: "I'm very honoured to be asked to be Glasgow Film Office's ambassador, anything I can do to support the local film and television industry is worthwhile.

"I wish Glasgow Film Office every success in the launch of the Glasgow Film Partnership and hope the benefits of this new initiative will lead to increased production in the city very soon."

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