Forty years ago the movie ‘American Gigolo’ hit theaters, a film that was a before and after in Richard Gere’s career. The actor known for being one of the kings of romantic films, was born in Philadelphia in 1949 and at the age of thirty he began to emerge in Hollywood thanks to films such as “Baby Blue Marine” and “Looking for Mr. Goodbar.”
These days, it is easier to hear news from Gere focused on his activism or political ideals. His attack on the George Bush administration for the Iraq war and the attempted boycott of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, have made, according to Gere himself, that the interpreter cannot access the main roles of the film studios .
Richard Gere’s best roles
1 ‘Pretty Woman’
In the film we meet a man who works as a lawyer and who needs an escort for some social events.
He hires a beautiful prostitute he meets, but ends up falling in love. Without a doubt, this is one of the most widely broadcast films on free-to-air television and, whether due to the chemistry or charisma of Julia Roberts and Gere, this romantic comedy is a must see.
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2 ‘Officer and gentleman’
In it, a young man must complete his work at a school for candidates for naval officers to become an aviator, with the help of a tough artillery sergeant and his new girlfriend.
This film has one of the most mythical scenes in the cinema of the 80s and it meant the rise of Gere as a Hollywood star.
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Without a doubt, the film that has received the most recognition. Thanks to the film, he was awarded with the rest of the cast on several occasions and was able to take the Golden Globe for best actor in a comedy or musical.
The film tells how two murderers sentenced to death develop a fierce rivalry as they compete for publicity, celebrities and the attention of a seedy lawyer.
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4 ‘Always by your side. Hachiko ‘
With this tearful work, the story of friendship between a university professor who rescues an abandoned dog and adopts it to become part of his family is shown. If you have not cried watching this movie, you are not part of this society.
The film has a Gere already removed from the front page of American productions, but with this little film he managed to win the hearts of the public again.
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5 ‘Runaway bride’
The actor met Roberts again in this film that tells the story of a reporter who is commissioned to write an article about a woman who has left several fiancées planted at the altar.
After the success of ‘Pretty Woman’, it was too sweet to reunite its two leading actors. In this film, the chemistry between the two remains intact and becomes a fun entertainment.
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6 ‘American Gigolo’
The film tells how a Los Angeles prostitute, who primarily caters to an older clientele, is charged with a murder he did not commit.
Gere was already beginning to emerge within the industry, but it would not be until after the premiere of this title when all the film producers set their eyes on him.
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7 ‘The two faces of the truth’
This interesting film tells the case of an altar boy who is accused of having murdered a priest, but the truth is hidden behind many lies and truths.
During the last years of the 80s, Gere saw his popularity decline due to some box office failures, but thanks to works like this the actor once again became one of the kings of the billboard. In addition, the film gave us the first great performance of a young Edward Norton.
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8 ‘Days of heaven’
With it, he would win the Italian David Di Donatello award for the best foreign actor. The film tells how a troubled farmworker convinces the woman he loves to marry her rich and dying boss, so they can claim their fortune after his death.
If we had to highlight the first great character of Gere, it would be that of the film directed by Terrence Malick.
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This very personal work tells the life of George, who seeks refuge at Bellevue Hospital, a Manhattan intake center for homeless men, where his friendship with a partner and client helps him try to repair his relationship with his estranged daughter.
Without a doubt, the actor’s most personal work. Gere has been working as a political activist for years and trying to help the most disadvantaged. ‘Invisibles’ is a great example of it.
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The story shows how a suburban New York couple’s marriage falters when the wife indulges in an adulterous affair.
The year 2002 turned out to be one of the best in Gere’s career. The interpreter premiered ‘Chicago’ and ‘Infiel (Unfaithful)’, but unfortunately, that would also be the moment of his career decline.
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But his legacy and his long career will always remain, which has earned him an Emmy nomination and four Golden Globes (taking home the award for his performance in the musical ‘Chicago’). To celebrate the anniversary of ‘American Gigolo’, we wanted to collect the best roles of this actor who captivated the audience with his multiple characters.
Unfortunately, for a few years the interpreter has preferred to step aside and escape from the front page of Hollywood. More focused on his humanitarian projects or the construction of large Buddhist temples, Gere has participated for the last year in the documentary ‘It Takes a Lunatic’ about Wynn Handman (director of the American Place Theater) and the series ‘MotherFatherSon’ for the BBC , where he gives life to the owner of a newspaper.