Richard Gere Has a Theory About Why Mainstream Hollywood Dumped Him
For two decades between 1982’s An Officer and a Gentleman and 2002’s Chicago, Richard Gere was a hot box-office commodity, able to summon crackling chemistry with Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. But then something happened: Gere gradually stopped starring in mainstream studio movies. Although this plight is routine for actresses, Gere maintains that mainstream Hollywood’s motive to dump him had nothing to do with age and everything to do with another factor entirely. That factor: China, the country that finances much of Hollywood these days. Not so coincidentally, it’s also the country that Gere, a practicing Tibetan Buddhist and longtime friend of the religion’s exiled leader, the Dalai Lama infamously disparaged during the 1993 Oscars when he went off-script while presenting the art-direction category. “There are definitely movies that I can’t be in because the Chinese will say, ‘Not with him.” “I recently had an episode where someone said they could not finance a film with me because it would upset the Chinese.”
In the years since drawing Oscar audience attention to China’s “horrendous human rights situation,” Gere has remained dogged in his cause. Calling a boycott of the 2008 Olympics, pressuring China to make Tibet independent, and speaking out against the country in myriad interviews. While the actor has managed to maintain a tidy career acting in independent films, Gere reveals that even smaller-budget productions have balked at bringing him on board. “There was something I was going do with a Chinese director and two weeks before we were going to shoot, he called saying, ‘Sorry, I can’t do it,’” explains Gere. “We had a secret phone call on a protected line. If I had worked with this director, he and his family would never have been allowed to leave the country ever again, and he would never work.” But don’t get it twisted, Gere isn’t regretting the fact that he isn’t scoring parts in franchise films and blow-’em-up blockbusters. For starters: ever since the career tidal shift, Gere hasn’t had to “put on a tuxedo again” for any contractually obligated red-carpet appearance, which the actor is just “fine” with. Secondly, Gere says, in a delicious Hollywood burn: “I’m not interested in playing the wizened Jedi in your tentpole.” Finally and most important, Gere has something that Hollywood doesn’t these days: money and, in conjunction, freedom. “I was successful enough in the last three decades that I can afford to do these smaller films now,” the actor says. Essentially telling China and its financed Hollywood pictures, “The feeling is mutual.”
Will Richard Gere Ever Start Making Mainstream Movies Again?
Susan Z’s Conclusion:
Not likely. Making money is the bottom line of any movie production. I believe that Gere is a true actor and not just a movie star. He enjoys his trade and acting is what he loves regardless of red carpet entrances or not.
Five of Cups: Inverted (Upside Down)
This is disappointment and letting go of the past. Because the card is inverted, I believe that Gere has done exactly that.
Knight of Swords: Inverted
This card is a disruptive male energy. I feel this card is Gere’s energy in Hollywood’s movie machinery as he has never played by their rules of stardom but somehow turns it around to his advantage.
This card is fairly self-explanatory. Gere has had the strength to follow his moral convictions despite what it has cost him in his acting career.
Susan Z Rich is an emotional addiction counselor, spiritual intuitive and holistic therapist. She counsels others to see life in a more positive way and teaches personal accountability for life choices. She is also the author of several children’s books and Soul Windows…Secrets From The Divine. (life cycles) Learn more at her website: www.szrwhitewings.com