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'300' Star Gerard Butler Visits MSU Spartans

Who better to pump up the Michigan State football team the night before its Homecoming game against Illinois than the King of the Spartans? 

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Actor Gerard Butler - who played Leonidas, King of Sparta in the movie "300" - visited the MSU Spartans Friday night at the Kellogg Center while the team was watching that very film. 

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Courtesy of the official MSU Football Twitter feed, here's a photo of Butler (in the middle) leading the team in the famous chant from the film, "What is your profession?

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We had to shrink the photo to fit on the blog, but you can view a full-sized version here. Michigan State also provided a picture of Butler and the team in a more regular pose, along with a photo of coach Mark Dantonio introducing Butler to his players.

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According to MSU athletic director Mark Hollis, Butler will also be at Spartan Stadium Saturday for the Illinois game. 

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(So does Michigan try to answer this by getting Hugh Jackman to visit their team?)

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UPDATE: Butler also visited the MSU basketball team, who held their Midnight Madness Friday night at the Breslin Center. Coach Tom Izzo introduced him, asking the crowd "What is your profession?"