Throughout a career of genuine brilliance, Richard Gere has proven to be a shining figure in the glittering halls of American cinema. Known and beloved for his striking charisma and charm on screen and his versatility demonstrated in both the romantic and dramatic facets of contemporary film, Gere’s status as a Hollywood legend has been assured for many years.

After playing his first film role in Terrence Malick’s Days of HeavenGere enjoyed his breakthrough in American Gigolo and showed the world that he had what it took to be a leading star. Gere had quickly established himself as one of Hollywood’s biggest names, especially when he gave one of his most memorable performances as Edward Lewis in Beautiful lady opposite Julia Roberts.

Elsewhere there are people like An officer and a gentleman, Chicago, I’m not hereAnd Great fear have shown Gere’s depth as an actor and his broad range. It may seem as though Gere only took roles that would guarantee his success, but the actor once pointed out that one of his performances came in a film with a “dangerous script,” showing that he was willing to take career risks when necessary.

Discussion about the 1990 film Internal Affairs of LOLLAGere once remarked, “It was a dangerous script. It was one of those scripts that, depending on your mood when you read it, you either said it was a piece of junk or it was brilliant, and depending on who was directing it, it was either a piece of junk or something brilliant.”

Gere went on to say that to his “great happiness and joy,” the film was directed by British filmmaker Mike Figgis, who would later receive two Academy Award nominations for his 1995 film. Leaving Las Vegas, starring Nicolas Cage. His crime thriller Internal Affairshowever saw Gere play alongside Andy Garcia from The Untouchables And The Godfather Part III fame.

In the film, Gere played Dennis Peck, a charming but reserved LAPD officer whose manipulation of his colleagues for illegal purposes, including drug trafficking and murder, comes under investigation by the department’s Internal Affairs division, while Garcia played Raymond Avila, the officer desperately trying to find Peck guilty.

According to Gere, Figgis understood that there was more to it Internal Affairs “More than just a B-movie about a psychotic cop.” When the actor and director collaborated, they wanted to give the film a theatrical feel, harking back to the Jacobean and Elizabethan eras of the English stage and consulting some of the greatest and most notorious villain characters.

“Mike and I always talked about how we could give it a Shakespearean format, and we thought about Iago and Richard III,” Gere explained, “and how we could elevate this to a contemporary version of these really elevated operatic emotions. We never lost sight of that. I think that’s why it has so much power, beyond what those kinds of films typically have.”

There was indeed something special about it Internal Affairs in the way the story was tightly told and contained the moral ambiguity usually associated with some of William Shakespeare’s most complex characters. The 1990 effort may have had a “dangerous” script, but it was that kind of gamble that gave the film its overall quality and gave Gere one of his most underrated performances.

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