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Richard Gere Interview

October 20, 2008

This is Kent (UK)
October 17, 2008

After watching him sweep countless movie heroines off their feet in
films like Pretty Woman and An Officer And A Gentleman, it's a relief
to find that actor Richard Gere is a true romantic in real life.

"I think all of us are romantic," he says.

"Some people are closer than others -- at different times of their
lives. We all have incredibly yearning hearts. I've never seen anyone
who gave up on looking for love in my life – even my suicidal
friends. We are all yearning towards love in our own ways. And I
don't think that ever stops."

Richard, who describes the most romantic place in the world as
"anywhere my wife (actress Carey Lowell) is," stars in the new
romantic drama Nights In Rodanthe, based on another best-selling book
by the author of The Notebook, Nicholas Sparks.

The film is his third appearance opposite actress Diane Lane -- the
pair worked together in 2002's critically acclaimed film Unfaithful
and Frances Ford Coppola's 1984 drama The Cotton Club.

"What's funny is we don't actually talk to each other at all," admits Richard.

"We have almost no relationship outside making movies. We talk to
each other on the phone maybe once or twice a year. And every 10
years or so, we'll make a movie. It's very intense and we're right in
each other's space, hearts and minds. Then we move on, and 10 years
later, we do it again. It's a peculiar relationship we have. Thank
God we have wonderful marriages."

In the film, Richard plays Dr Paul Flanner, a surgeon who is the only
guest at a beachside inn in remote Rodanthe, North Carolina. He ends
up falling for Adrienne, who is managing the inn to help out a friend
for the weekend. A recently separated mother of two, Adrienne is
still dealing with her husband's betrayal and the recent news that he
wants to return home. One thing leads to another and the weekend in
Rodanthe ends up being the couple's second chance at love.

Richard and Diane have an innate chemistry on screen, but he says
it's not easy to explain.

"It's funny, there's a film I made -- I think it's the most
successful film I made, Pretty Woman. That movie works on some quirky
level," he adds.

"And it's really simple. There have been 150 movies which have tried
to do that since, but they can't do it. There are certain unknown
mysterious qualities which happen in adult romances. You can't
necessarily write it. It has to be the chemistry of the people."

Richard acknowledges that it's unusual to see movies starring people
over the age of 40 in the lead roles these days – but he has a
relaxed attitude to Hollywood's obsession with youth.

"Most of the movie-going public is under 22 probably, so that's the
obvious answer," he says.

"But I think in the larger sense, if the scripts were there, these
kinds of films would find a way of getting made. If you can't make
them for 50 million dollars, you make them for 15 million. And so the
necessity of having a mass market isn't there."

At 59, the actor is fortunate to have tackled many different genres
-- from his famous romantic dramas, to Oscar-winning musical Chicago,
and last year's ensemble indie hit I'm Not There. He hopes to
continue this variety into his 60s.

Like his character, Richard also found love a second time round with
his model-turned-actress wife Carey Lowell. They have one son, Homer,
named after Richard's father, who is now eight. Despite the long
hours and demands of the job, he says his family are his "priority".

"My priorities are my wife and kids for sure -- I hope they are for
everybody else," he says.

By Ellie Genower

Richard Tiffany Gere was born on August 31, 1949 in Philadelphia. He
was married to supermodel Cindy Crawford from 1991-1995. He married
his second wife, Carey Lowell, in 2002.

His performance as Billy Flynn in Chicago earned him a Golden Globe
gong for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy in 2003.

A friend of the Dalai Lama, Richard and his wife are both Buddhists
and he campaigns for the freedom of Tibet.

Movie-making is much like a school project, according to the star:
"Making a movie is a job but it's no different from my kid being
given a project in class. It's all fun. And the better people you
have, who have a sense of joy and play about them, the more fun it is."
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