Richard Gere (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Seeing Mr. Gere on The View last week seemed a little weird. He has never been one for Interviews. Now that’s one mysterious guy. People who find this appealing can appreciate someone confident enough to roll way under the Radar. But when you think of it, the most well-developed and successful Actors and Actresses do just that. They fly low. Notice the young ones like Lindsay Lohan, and the young lady rumored to be taking a role like Lindsay, Amanda Bynes. Hollywood has always had its partiers, it’s troubled Actors, but Hollywood also had a lot of Agents to protect their risque or strange behavior. That seems lacking now.
But Mr. Gere is as rumor less as can be. Oh, back in the day, they said things about him and his then wife Cindy Crawford and that’s when you know, the Tabloids will look for anything. Mr. Gere is kind of like a Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, and quite a bit of others who don’t seem to need a lot of attention, but rather takes Hollywood as a Job. Robert Mitchum was classified as sort of a B-Actor and he was good friends to Sir Laurence Olivier, who was alleged to be the best Actor ever. One news tidbit said the two men joked “Man, we’d better hurry up and make enough movies before people catch on to us…” as if meaning that they did not take their Craft or their Celebrity all that seriously and you can appreciate such attitudes. Robert Mitchum appeared on a short run television show in the late 80s before he died but was also said to have made more Movies in his day than any other Actor because he crossed so many characters. I thought he was a swell Actor! He drank, which was also a fact but also stayed married to the same woman throughout his career and did shy away from the Hollywood Glamour. And by the way, Robert Mitchum never garnered a Gold Statue, made here in Illinois!
The women on the View wanted to know how Mr. Gere felt not having that Gold Statue, commonly known as Oscar gracing his Mantle Piece. Mr. Gere is not concerned he said but did admit that once, only once did he feel a tad neglected, for lack of a better word and that was during the movie Chicago (made in Canada no doubt) being nominated for the best everything and his name getting no mention at all. Other than that, he’s at peace with his life’s work and so are a lot of his fans. You know the View and any show is about current topics and throwing that little bit about Mr. Gere in his current movie Arbitrage has caused a stir, with folks thinking that maybe it will be “this time” that he wins. Does anybody need to think for him? Many would rather have a home, wife and kids as Mr. Gere has and continue to make quality movies at his graceful age of 63 (with still a lot of hair).
Cover of My Cousin Vinny
These one-hit wonders, for example Marisa Tomei (who was great in her role) of My Cousin Vinnie won an Oscar and people hardly ever hear from her again. The point is that an Oscar doesn’t assure you better Roles, more Money; that’s up to the Actor. What it does ensure you is that it will sit proudly on your Mantle. Many received lesser roles after their win, and some just remained viable with or without a Statue. To me, there is quite a bit of Politics in Oscar wins anyway and depending on who is involved, a lot of unlikely people will get that Academy Award. There have been indeed some unlikely wins, indeed. Peace.