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Richard Gere, known for his breakout role in the 1980 film “American Gigolo,” didn’t embrace being labeled a “sex symbol” despite his fame, as revealed by veteran British talk show host Michael Aspel.
Aspel, reflecting on Gere’s appearance on his talk show “Aspel and Company” in 1989, shared an interesting anecdote. During the show, Aspel introduced Gere and mentioned his accomplishments, including the term “sex symbol.” However, after the interview, Gere’s agent contacted the show, expressing their dissatisfaction with the “sex symbol” label and threatening legal action if it wasn’t removed.
Following “American Gigolo,” Gere starred in various notable films of the 1980s, such as “An Officer and a Gentleman,” “Beyond the Limit,” and “The Cotton Club.” In 1990, he gained further acclaim for his role alongside Julia Roberts in “Pretty Woman.”
Beyond his acting career, Gere has been a prominent advocate for human rights in Tibet since the early 1980s and co-founded Tibet House in 1987, showcasing his commitment to social causes.
Aspel’s talk show, which aired from 1984 to 1993 on ITV, featured an array of celebrity guests, including Barbra Streisand, Debbie Harry, Jack Nicholson, Paul McCartney, and Bing Crosby. Aspel even shared some behind-the-scenes stories about his interactions with Elizabeth Taylor, whom he once sent a fan letter to, making her a unique figure in his talk show journey.