American Gigolo, An Officer and a Gentleman, Pretty Woman and Chicago are just a few some of the beloved films that wouldn't have the effect it did had it not included the talented and charismatic Richard Gere.
For two decades, Gere was one of the most sought after actors in Hollywood and although he humbly denied it, he was assigned the status of a sex symbol by women everywhere.
But for an actor who consistently delivered hit after hit at the box office, it's surprising that in the recent years we haven't seen Gere topline a feature film. The 67-year-old actor hasn't landed a leading role in a mainstream film since his 2008 portrayal of Dr. Paul Flanner in Nights in Rodanthe, based on a novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks.
Gere has definitely not retired from acting as he's been starring in Indie flicks, however it's been almost ten years since we last saw the star in a Hollywood blockbuster. Something does not add up and thankfully he finally broke his silence to explain why he's been noticeably absent from the big screen and you'd never guess the reason why.
Gere sat down for an interview with The Hollywood Reporter and revealed that China is the reason why he hasn't made an appearance on the big screen in what seems like forever.
"There are definitely movies that I can’t be in because the Chinese will say, ‘Not with him,’" Gere explained.
Click on the next page to find out how China has pushed Hollywood directors to dump Gere.