Richard Gere explains why he doesn’t want to participate in any sequels of his cult films

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Titles like American Gigolo, Officer and Gentleman And pretty woman they have at least two things in common that today more or less immediately catch the eye: they are all successful films starring Richard Gere and without a sequel to revive the legend. In a historical period in which the idea of ​​bringing back to the cinema substantially any film that was all the rage between the eighties and nineties is crazy, it cannot be a coincidence that the great successes of Gere’s career have dodged the trend. However, today it is precisely the actor who confirms to us that, even when the conditions were actually being set up for a sequel to one of his blockbusters, it was he himself who remained lukewarm in the face of this possibility.

Gere doesn’t rule out a return (but it’s complicated)

Richard Gere explained why over the years he has always remained hesitant to return to a successful role during an interview created to promote his latest film effort, the comedy Maybe I Dowhich sees him act alongside other sacred monsters such as Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon and William H. Macy. A specific question from a journalist of Comic book, the star replied in a way that leaves no room for interpretation: “The main reason is all in the script. If there was a really great script, that could stand on its own, I probably wouldn’t bother doing a sequel. But I’ve never seen it. Eg The Godfather – Part II and how The Godfather, or maybe even better but it is extremely rare”. In short, the feeling is that the interpreter of Hachiko – Your best friend does not completely close the door to a possible future rethinking on the matter, while clarifying that he would accept a proposal for a sequel or remake only if a story really good enough to take up what was done in the past actually presented itself. On the same occasion, Gere then highlighted how, rather than “prolonging the life” of an already beloved cult, he would prefer to give visibility to some of his films that have inexplicably had less luck. In particular, the star mentioned two films such as The Hoax – The Hoax (2006 film directed by Lasse Hallstrom) And The invisible ones Of Oren Moverman. Especially the silence around this last independent work of 2014, in which he plays a tramp on the streets of New York, Gere seems to not rest: “I think it’s one of the best films he’s made, but it wasn’t successful. He didn’t have enough energy behind him to have a proper exit, but I still think it’s beautiful.”

Only if there is a story and a little magic

One of his work that instead has garnered the appreciation it deserved is undoubtedly pretty woman. This modern fairy tale would seem perfect to be brought back to the cinema, making the happiness of millions of fans who continue to see it very often even several times a year. Hard to believe the idea of ​​a sequel hasn’t already been explored over the years by someone in Hollywood but Richard Gere, especially after the director’s passing Garry Marshallthere, he seems uninterested in returning as Edward Lewis. This despite Marshall having long tried to give ideas for a possible sequel, as Gere himself recounted during his guest appearance at the Magna Grecia Film Festival last August: “It used to be what would happen if my character was engaged in a political campaign in an attempt to become a senator and someone discovers that his wife was once a prostitute. There were two or three other ideas that never got beyond a first phase”. This is because behind certain gimmicks, also according to the actor, there was more the desire to embark on a nostalgia operation: there was no real artistic sense that justified a concrete attempt to embark on the enterprise: “You have to figure out what to do a film like this is a kind of magic, you can’t do it on the table. We didn’t know it was going to be a success that everyone would appreciate: we had made a small film to the best of our ability, and then the magic happened”. Only if he still feels able to recreate that unique atmosphere will Richard Gere look back. On the other hand, fairy tales like pretty woman they end with a happy ending, they don’t leave the ending open after the inevitable “and they lived happily ever after”.