Richard Gere presented himself as an officer on set, but not always as a gentleman an officer and a GentlemanTaylor Hackford’s 1982 award-winning military drama 40 Years Ago, was released in theaters on July 28, 1982.
2017. In roll recall In interviews with Yahoo Entertainment, Gere said that he got in arguably the best shape of his life to play Zack Mayo, an intern at the Navy’s Aviation Officer Candidate School, who is in charge of his hard-edged Marine Corps drill instructor, Emil Foley. Louis Gossett Jr.). ,
“We worked. We were shooting all day. And then I would do an hour or two of karate for karate scenes as well,” Gere told us (watch the clip above, or the full roll recall below).
“So I was in incredible shape. I was in the shape of a Navy SEAL in that.”
Gere may have gone too hard for his own good — or the well-being of his co-star, anyway. One of the most infamous stories from the film’s set involves a moment in which Gere hit Gossett in the stomach so hard that the actor suddenly turned up on set and did not return for two days.
“I love Lou, but Lou didn’t work as hard as me to learn karate,” Gere explains. “I once got a little frustrated with him and I actually saw him in the gut.
“Lou’s gone. He said, ‘I’m done. I don’t want to be here!'”
Gere and Gossett eventually buried the hatchet, and remain friends to this day.
The latter’s pardon was also paid. Gossett won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his intense portrayal of Foley, becoming the first black person to win the category.
in his biography an actor and a gentlemanGossett wrote that Gere and co-star Debra Winger (who played Zack’s “townie” love interest, Paula) were not on set.
But Gere says he didn’t mind dialing in the romantic chemistry.
“Then we were just like young animals. It was an animal attraction. It was the physicality of an animal between the two of us.”
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