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Richard Gere is not a ‘Pretty Woman’ fan

Richard Gere. (Amy Sussman/GETTY IMAGES)

“People ask me about that movie, but I’ve forgotten it. That was a silly romantic comedy,” Gere told Woman’s Day, adding that “Arbitrage,” his latest project, “is a much more serious movie that has some real cause and effect.”

Gere also seems to have a serious issue with his character Edward Lewis, the slick suit-wearing venture capitalist, who he believes “helped contribute to the global financial crisis, as he glorified greedy and selfish Wall Street types,” according to Woman’s Day.

“It made those guys seem dashing, which was so wrong,” Gere said. “Thankfully, today, we are all more skeptical of those guys.”

This brings us back to “Arbitrage,” in which Gere plays a Wall Street investment advisor who finds himself in deep trouble both in his personal and business life. According to the Los Angeles Times, “The film echoes ‘Margin Call’ in its exploration of how financial dubiousness can take a deep personal toll. But while the movie has no great love for the 1%, a larger systemic failure isn’t on its mind, either.”

As much as I enjoy catching basic cable showings of “Pretty Woman” on lazy Sunday afternoons, I agree with Gere that the film “glorified” a profession that shouldn’t be treated that way. Except I’m referring to Julia Roberts’ street walking character.

I’d rather live in a world where a 3-year-old didn’t have the opportunity to dress up as a fictional prostitute for reality TV purposes.


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