Richard Gere has told of how his flailing career is due to the Chinese stronghold over the Hollywood film industry.
The star of Pretty Woman and An Officer and a Gentleman, Richard Gere, has explained how his dried up career is the result of the stronghold that the Chinese have over the Hollywood film industry. According to Gere, ever since China started investing in Hollywood productions, their anger at his support for Tibet is causing them to reject him for many roles.
From the 80s up until the new millennium, Gere was a darling of Hollywood. A hot and sought after star that would guarantee a substantial cash flow at the box office. However, unlike his contemporaries Bruce Willis, Jeff Goldblum and Pierce Brosnan, who all still grace the silver screen well into their 60s, Gere is rarely ever seen.
Gere puts it down to his devotion to Tibetan Buddhism, and close friendship with the exiled Dalai Lama. And to make matters more strained, he gave decided to take an Oscar presenting opportunity to use the podium to send a message to the Chinese leaders. He spent several minutes of screen time begging them to free the people of Tibet.
Furthermore, Gere explained that whenever producers present a film to Chinese financiers, the financiers specifically insist that Gere not is cast. However, are all of Gere’s fears merely a conspiracy theory? Is he just an old actor who is only failing to get work? To give Gere the benefit of the doubt, it does indeed appear that China is a major player in Hollywood film financing these days.
Ironically, many production companies are struggling even to receive the promised financing from many Chinese benefactors. Only as recently as this March, Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group was in line to take over Dick Clark Productions. Ultimately, the $1 billion deal collapsed, and they scrapped the plans. For a country that severely limits social media usage to its citizens, it is not hard to believe that they would silence a reactionary voice such as Gere’s.
Chinese directors under threat
In an added twist to this Chinese Hollywood film conspiracy, Gere described a suspicious incident with a Chinese director.
Out of the blue the director telephoned him on a private line. He urgently explained that he needed to abandon his plans to work with him on a movie. The concerned director explained how he the Chinese government threatened him not to work with Gere.
Had he continued to work with Gere, the industry would have refused to permit him to work ever again. Furthermore, the Chinese government would have forbidden him from ever leaving the country.
Gere, however, doesn’t feel as though this Hollywood rejection is such a bad thing. In fact, he feels grateful that his time in Hollywood brought him wealth and freedom many others cannot have. He is not bound to any studio contracts or obligatory tedious red carpet appearances. Consequently, Gere is content that he can indulge in the artistic flexibility of starring in independent films.
Immensely talented actor
Recently, Gere appeared in the small budget independent films Norman and The Dinner. However, he does have a few notable roles in mainstream Hollywood films throughout the past decade. Gere co-produced and starred in 2014’s Time Out of Mind, which critics highly acclaimed. He additionally had a significant role in the 2015 highly popular film The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Furthermore, his role in The Benefactor in 2015 was said to be the core talent that carried the entire movie.
Nevertheless, Gere these days says his core focus in life centers on his Tibetan Zen Buddhist lifestyle and being a spokesperson for the desperate plight of the Tibetan people. He first developed his interest in the religion while in his twenties, and he studied extensively under Kyozan Joshu Sasaki. Following this, he traveled to Nepal where he interacted with real Tibetan monks and lamas in their indigenous land.
Devoted to activism
Consequently, he co-founded Tibet House. Additionally, he went on to create The Gere Foundation to raise money to aid the Tibetan people. He is also Chairman of The International Campaign for Tibet. Unsurprisingly, his outspoken support of the Tibetan people caused the Chinese government to issue a ban on him ever traveling to the People’s Republic of China.