Michelle Monaghan, clad in a lace-print Prada dress, joined Gerard Butler at Saturday night's Creative Coalition Spotlight Initiative Awards dinner, where she was honored by the nonprofit. The actors both headed north for the Toronto Film Festival as they readied for yesterday's debut of their film Machine Gun Preacher. The movie stars Gerard in the role of Sam Childers, a real-life reformed drug dealer turned humanitarian. Gerard has been getting emotional as he does interviews for the project lately, and Michelle told us his tearful talks don't come as a surprise to her. She said: "The subject matter is really emotional and it's an intense subject matter . . . I think anybody that's seen this movie thus far, anyone that's seen it and commented on it, is visibly, visibly moved . . . [Gerard] sat with this movie for a good year, so it's incredibly important to him, and as it should be. He's so phenomenal in it. He's incredible." The admiration was clearly mutual between Michelle and Gerard — the duo posed for pictures with their arms around each other before sitting down to dinner with fellow actors like Anna Kendrick and Juliette Lewis.
Machine Gun Preacher Pair Michelle Monaghan and Gerard Butler Get Close and Share the Spotlight