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When Danny Morrison called Gerard Butler ‘The Butt Meister’

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

Simon Doull, speaking on Spotify’s 22 Yarns podcast with Gaurav Kapur, recalled the time Danny Morrison introduced Hollywood actor Gerard Butler as “The Butt Meister” at the toss before a Caribbean Premier League game in 2013.

Butler, who bought an equity stake in the Jamaica Tallawahs franchise that season, joined Morrison at the toss for the semi-final between the Tallawahs and Barbados Tridents at Port of Spain.

Doull, who was on broadcasting duties with Morrison when Butler arrived for the game, was taken aback when Morrison, known for his over-the-top commentary style, came up with a rather bizarre nickname for the actor on air.

“The best thing that happened that day was,” Doull said, “I hope this is quite a liberal sort of a thing, because he’s at the toss with a coin, and Danny Morrison, good friend Danny Morrison, is doing the toss and he’s… I can’t remember the two captains, but I’ll just make them up for want of a story. Danny’s like ‘It’s the CPL, and we’ve got Kieron Pollard here and we’ve got Dwayne Bravo here, and guess who’s at the toss with us … it’s the Butt Meister!’

“What? The Butt Meister? Gerard Butler is at the toss! Hollywood actor! But Morrison (impersonating voice) ‘It’s the Butt Meister’. Alright Danny, thank you very much, whatever you feel about it. We lost it, we lost it.”

Host Kapur pointed out how Morrison, as energetic as he is on air, switches to a softer mode off the field,  and Doull explained why.

“You can’t be that way the whole time, you cannot be Danny Morrison on here (raises hand) all your life or you will burst the foo-foo valve and you will be done by the age of 35,” he said. “He was always a little bit mad [during his playing time], but that’s why we love Danny.”

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