Richard Gere is one of the original Silver Foxes and ladies love him. Padma Lakshmi was pretty popular while Top Chef was at its height (does that show still air anymore? Has it just fallen off my radar?) and is generally agreed to be pretty hot. Therefore, it kinda makes sense that they’d team up and start dating, right?
“They’re just getting to know each other,” the source said. “They’re just dating. This is the first person she’s dated since Teddy [Forstmann] passed away and she’s just putting a toe in the water of the dating world again. They’re not sure where it’s going yet.”
Well, that’s nice and vague, “insider” – thanks for the update! These two should be able to keep things under wraps, though. Neither of them are really tabloid fodder so they should be able to avoid too much press and maybe love will flourish!
Rightfully so, though. Richard Gere recently opened his stupid mouth to talk some trash about what is, without a doubt, the best Richard Gere movie in existence. I don’t really have to tell you what it is, do I? Nobody’s thinking “gee, what could he possibly have to say about Shall We Dance?” But fine, I’ll tell you anyway.
Pretty Woman. Richard Gere has something to say about Pretty Woman that isn’t “thank you, film, for being the most amazing romantic comedy that ever was and ever will be, and for putting me straight into the hearts of millions of people, and for making it possible for me and Julia Roberts to do Runaway Bride, which wasn’t half bad either.” Some people just can’t appreciate anything.
Turns out Richard Gere thinks Pretty Woman is actually pretty terrible.
Opening up to Australia’s Woman’s Day magazine, the actor, 62, admits he’s not particularly proud of the 1990 flick that launched Julia Roberts into stardom.
“It’s my least favorite thing,” Gere says. “People ask me about [it], but I’ve forgotten it. That was a silly romantic comedy.”
The film grossed over $463 million worldwide, and helped establish Roberts’ status as America’s Sweetheart–and solidified Gere’s own status as a major crush object for women everywhere.
Despite the movie’s feel-good tone, though, Gere says looking back, he has a real problem with his character’s attitudes towards life, and love. “[Pretty Woman] made [guys like Edward] seem dashing, which was so wrong,” the actor explains. “Thankfully, today, we are all more skeptical of those guys.”
First of all, Richard, no, you haven’t “forgotten it.” Pretty Woman has been out in this world for 22 years, and no one who’s seen it has forgotten it. Second of all, it has been a few years since I’ve seen this movie – mostly I just watched it obsessively when I was younger, probably between the ages of 8 and 12, because it was one of the movies my mom wouldn’t let me watch but my sister would put in for me when she was watching me (the other notable example of this was that time when I wouldn’t do my homework without watching some of Don’t Be A Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood) – but I remember Richard Gere’s character being really, really sad. I never thought of him as some dashing dreamboat, I thought he was more like a really flawed dude looking for companionship in all the wrong places, just like Julia Roberts’ character, and that’s why it worked. Is that not what actually happened?
Regardless, I think it’s always a bad idea to bite the hand that feeds, especially when that hand has probably been feeding you pretty steadily for the past 20 years.
NEW DELHI, India (AP) — Angry crowds in several Indian cities burned effigies of Richard Gere on Monday after he swept a popular Bollywood actress into his arms and kissed her several times during an AIDS-awareness event.
He kissed the gal pictured above. Her name is Shilpa Shetty.
In Mumbai, members of the right-wing Hindu nationalist group Shiv Sena beat burning effigies of Gere with sticks and set fire to glamorous shots of Shetty.
Note that they set fire to “glamorous” shots of Shilpa. This wasn’t her in the pajamas pants with the bunnies on them. Now, you may remember the name because Shilpa was involved in a controversy with Big Brother UK. You see, Shilpa was made fun of by the UKers for being *gasp* Indian. They managed to make fun of her accent (though I’m fairly certain none of them spoke decent Hindi) and butcher the pronunciation of her name.
Here’s some video of that big fun:
So, to recap, the Brits offended her and the Yanks molested her.
I have to say for me the most offensive part of this was that it was Richard Gere. I would like myself to be burned in effigy! Then you know you’ve made it. I also hope the issue of AIDS awareness gets washed away in these protests because while people shouldn’t be allowed to kiss in public they should be allowed to hook another person up with a disease in private.