Gerard Butler wants his movies to inspire people.

The 'Hunter Killer' star hopes that movie goers come away from the cinema when they've seen his action heavy flicks wanting to be ''more courageous'' in their lives.

He said: ''In some ways they are inspiring in that kind of way that humans want to go and be entertained and come out and go, 'Yeah, I want to be more courageous', or, 'I want to stand up for myself', or, 'I want to find something that's worth sacrificing for.' That's ultimately one of the reasons why I like making these big movies.''

And the 48-year-old actor loves it when an action film just ''works'' because there's not better cinematic experience, in his opinion.

He added to Uproxx: ''We always try our best but sometimes you make a movie and you go, 'OK, that really didn't work'. But, when it works, honestly, there is nothing better. There is nothing better than walking into a room and feeling the excitement of somebody who has watched a 300 or a Hunter Killer. Because there are always high stakes and there are always big ideas. You make these movies with original content, original ideas - not some intellectual property - and you're therefore dangling a little more, you know? You could fall on your a**. So, therefore, when it works, it's so exciting because of those high stakes. When they work they are incredibly exciting, thrilling, fun.''