Actor Gerard Butler — who stars in the upcoming Of Men and Mavericks, shot near Santa Cruz — is checking out of rehab today, and he blames his recent slip down the rabbit hole of addiction to pain pills he started taking following this December surfing accident on the set in which he almost drowned. There's also a mention of a coke problem, but that wasn't the main reason for needing Betty Ford, you see.

This sounds like some clever spin from his PR people, who obviously knew that Butler's affinity for the Bolivian marching powder was not a well kept secret, but anyhow ... he almost drowned, you guys! He got hurt! And pain pills go down so easy after you're been on them a couple of weeks. Poor fella.

[TMZ via NBC]