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April 26, 2007

I'm Glad I'm Not Richard Gere

Steve Hamm

Actor Richard Gere has long been immensely popular in India. I'm not sure why. Maybe it's his spiritualism, or maybe it's just his rugged good looks. Strangely, whenever I have gone to India, I have been asked repeatedly by Indians if anybody ever told me I looked like Richard Gere. My answer: Only Indians. (Frankly, I don't see the similarity, even when I'm not wearing a beard) But it's clear that Indians think I look like Gere. When I was in Hyderabad last December and walking along a street, a car made a screeching U-turn and pulled up to the curb next to me. The young female driver smiled bashfully and asked, "Are you …” I finished her question: “Richard Gere? Sadly, no.”

Well, given Gere's recent run-in with Indian culture mores, I’m glad I’m not him, for once. And I think I'll avoid traveling in India for the time being. It doesn't pay--even for the fun of it--to be this guy's doppelganger any more.

10:56 AM

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Yup.. This is the irony called India. On one side people get away with multi million dollar scams and human traficking. (I am sure readers of this blog are aware of the Katara episode and now it seems that the malice is spread much wider). And on the other there are these self appointed moral police who make mountains out of such mole hills. I wish good sense prevails and they treat the Gere episode with only the amount of attention it deserves. (which in my opinion is next to zero).

Posted by: Raghu at April 27, 2007 12:04 AM

Though not directly related to your blog, but , my 2 cents on the whole incident

I think Richard Gere did go over board with kissing Shilpa Shetty.I'm sure if had done something similar even in US with a "A" list Hollywood actress , it would have made it Entertainment Tonight .So u can expect this kind of outcry in India.

Posted by: Suresh Kurapati at April 27, 2007 02:10 PM

Who do you think you are to waste others time writing whatever you like. What was the purpose of this note. What you made out of this article about Mr.Gere.

What a waste.

Posted by: Antony at April 27, 2007 04:04 PM

So what was it like making that movie with Julia Roberts?

Posted by: Peter Coy at April 28, 2007 06:07 PM

I wached the video, it was not that bad at all!!

Have seen movies? Some of the dance sequences can easily be classified as light porno. Clean up the act in movies and shows. What they do behind the stage once hot sequence is taped is nothing compared to what happened on stage!

Good Luck to Richard Gear.

Posted by: HVA at April 30, 2007 07:47 PM

i thought that surely a person of his status wouldnt stoop so low as he did with shilpa shetty.it was anything but a peck.it appeared more like a scene out of an attempt to rape someone.what to talk of india which is a consevative country,this behaviour was unacceptable in western countries too.good that he is facing court case against his conduct.

Posted by: j.k.gupta at May 8, 2007 02:22 AM

What does this have to do with anything?

Posted by: Eva G. at May 8, 2007 09:28 AM

Hey Eva G and other dissenters, I think it's interesting that Steve H and Richard G look alike only to Indian eyes. It's one of the memorable things I've read today, and there's a very good chance I'll bring it up at dinner. By the way, I've always thought Steve looked more like Sanjaya Malakar.

Posted by: steve baker at May 11, 2007 03:43 PM


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