Richard Gere wanted American Gigolo Role Because of Gay Subtext…

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly about his body of work, Gere explains that he took the role of the male prostitute because of the gay subtext. Apparently Gere was offered the roll after John Travolta backed out. Interesting. Here is what Gere had to say about his full frontal nudity and taking on the role.

Gere recalls how he decided to take the role with which he would become synonymous during the early 1980s. “Paul came to see me in Malibu and said, ‘You’ve got to say yes to this by tomorrow at the latest.’ 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.”

via Richard Gere Accepted American Gigolo Role Because of Gay Subtext | Advocate.com.

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