Due to his job in the film the young actor began to be considered a new American sex symbol. The next picture with Richard Gere in the lead role, Taylor Hackford's An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) melodrama became even more successful and finally fixed him on the Hollywood Olympus. As it was with the previous film, the role was offered to Gere after being refused by Travolta, who later had every reason to regret it.
It happened quite naturally in the process of creating the movie. Of course, I felt defenseless, but I think women feel it differently.
His next success, even louder, was not long in coming. Rob Marshall's criminal musical Chicago was released in the same 2002, where Richard Gere starred alongside Renée Zellweger and
What are relations in a couple? How to keep them alive and honest? Maybe they should always be in motion, like sharks? Maybe, in order not to die, you need to dive to greater and greater depth? I think it’s is right.
One of the most striking works of mature Gere was his role in the heartbreaking drama by director Lasse Hallström the Hachi: A Dog's Tale about a faithful dog, who was desperately waiting for its deceased owner for nine years. The story didn’t leave the actor himself indifferent: When I first read the script, I cried. Then I began to read it again and cried again ... We tried to shoot this film truthfully and sincerely.
55-year-old Gere still managed the role of a romantic hero well - strong and gentle, decisive and standing at the crossroad of somewhat tough but still full of love.
Since Gere openly stands for the independence of Tibet, he is banned for life from entering China.