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Playing the bulked-up Leonidas in the 2007 box-office smash 300 gave Gerard Butler a huge career boost -- but it turns out his stardom may have come at a cost. TMZ is reporting that the 42-year-old actor is currently being treated at the Betty Ford Center in Los Angeles for a prescription pain medication problem he allegedly first developed while shooting the action film in 2006.
TMZ claims that Butler began relying heavily on prescription medications to manage the pain from injuries sustained during the physically taxing shoot -- and the problem was exacerbated when he was hurt while filming the surfing movie Of Men and Mavericks on Dec. 18.
Sources tell the website that the actor realized he was relying too heavily on prescription meds and chose to "head off a full-blown addiction" by seeking professional help. He reportedly checked into rehab three weeks ago and is slated to be released from the Betty Ford Center on Friday.
TMZ also claims that Butler had developed some issues with cocaine, but says that the "root problem" is his painkiller addiction. Hopefully Butler's stint at Betty Ford was a fruitful one and he's kicked any addictions he might have had.