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Hollywood star joins CPL lime
With the Jamaica Tallawahs and the Barbados Tridents ready to battle in the second Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20 semi-final at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port-of-Spain, today, the league is getting a boost off the field with the arrival of actor Gerard Butler. Butler viewed the first semifinal between T&T Red Steel and the Guyana Amazon Warriors at the Queen’s Park Oval last night. However, the star of the critically acclaimed movie 300, is endorsing the Tallawahs team, while the Tridents have the support of another actor, American Mark Wahlberg, who is currently starring with Denzel Washington in Two Guns. Also expected to fly in for the weekend are Sir Richard Branson, owner of Virgin Atlantic, and a host of Indian businessmen. Among the foreign investors already in the country are Lycamobile executives Bob Sangaran and Yeraga Selvensamy, and CEO of Empire Media Group Jon Talarico, also a co-owner of T&T Red Steel.
In recent years, the Scottish-born Butler has starred in several acclaimed movies, including RocknRolla (2008); The Ugly Truth (2009); Gamer (2009); Law Abiding Citizen (2009); The Bounty Hunter (2010); and Olympus Has Fallen (2013). Popular movies by Wahlberg include Planet of the Apes (2001); The Italian Job (2003); The Departed (2006); Shooter (2007); The Fighter (2010); Ted (2012) and Pain & Gain (2013). A Limacol CPLT20 release yesterday said Butler was keen on coming to T&T to support his team in today’s semifinal. Butler is reported to have said: “My good friend Ajmal Khan has been telling me about the Limacol CPL and I’ve had the opportunity to watch some of the matches. It is obvious that this tournament is the home of the greatest party in sport so I wanted to get in on the fun.
“Having said that, as a Scotsman I definitely have an appreciation for cricket and I also recognise that the LCPL is a great combination of sports and entertainment. I’m excited about joining the Jamaica Tallawahs franchise, and hopefully being a part of the team that wins the inaugural tournament.” Khan, chairman of Verus International and founder of the Limacol CPL, said: “Celebrities owning sports teams is nothing new, but to have two Hollywood actors taking a vested interest in cricket teams is quite novel. “The Limacol CPL continues to attract that ‘star power.’ I think it’s a testament to the quality of the tournament, the Carnival party atmosphere, the music, the entertainment, the fans and the experience that only the Caribbean can deliver.” He added: “I am excited to have my good friend Gerry (Butler) come to the Limacol CPL to join the party.”
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