Richard Gere on taking the role in American Gigolo: “There’s kind of a gay thing that’s flirting through it”
Good grief, is there anything more sexy than Richard Gere in American Gigolo?
The 1980 flick has Gere playing a male escort in Los Angeles whose job supports his expensive taste in cars, stereophonic equipment, cocaine and clothes.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the now 63-year-old actor says he was only given a day to decide whether he wanted to take the part which involved full frontal nudity.
Director ‘Paul [Schrader] came to see me in Malibu and said, “You’ve got to say yes to this by tomorrow at the latest,” Gere recalled.
‘I read it and I thought, “This is a character I don’t know very well. I don’t own a suit. He speaks languages; I don’t speak any languages. There’s kind of a gay thing that’s flirting through it and I didn’t know the gay community at all.”
‘I wanted to immerse myself in all of that and I had literally two weeks. So I just dove in. If I recall, [the nudity] wasn’t in the script. It was just in the natural process of making the movie. I certainly felt vulnerable, but I think it’s different for men than women.’