WATCH: 'It's very very sweet!' - Richard Gere surprised to be serenaded with 'Up Where We Belong' by Irish fans on Late Late Show
Published 27/02/2016 | 10:31
Richard Gere was treated to more than a straightforward interview during his appearance on The Late Late Show on Friday night.
The 66-year-old star was in studio with Ryan Tubridy to talk about his new film Time Out of Mind which had its Irish premiere on Friday as part of the Audi Dublin International Film Festival.
On his arrival he was greeted by kisses from two of his biggest Irish fans, who later went on to relate stories about their memories of his hit 1982 movie An Officer and a Gentleman.
Towards the end of the interview Tubridy broached the subject of that movie and while Gere said he had thought the ending was "corny" prior to filming he found he was very moved when he actually shot the scene.
Tubridy then said "We need to have a little fun with our audience.Would yoyu mind awfully just sitting back and putting up wit or enjoying what we're going to do?"
Gere replied, "Now I can actually walk away if I want to!"
Tubridy asked him to stay and the star was then surprised by two female fans in the audience who serenaded him with the hit song from the movie, Up Where I Belong, as Tubridy joined him on the sofa.
Following the performance Gere was gracious and said, "It was very sweet!" and kissed both the singers.
"It's very sweet, sweet, sweet, so generous and open and so talented and sense of community and joy. Wonderful!" he said.
Earlier in the interview Tubridy revealed that Gere had requested to visit Irish charity Focus Ireland during his trip as he feels passionately about the issue of homelessness, particularly after filming Time Out of Mind.
"I wanted [the movie] to be used by local groups around the world and highlight the work that they do," said Gere.
"I make a movie and then I'm done with it. But the groups, NGOs who are working on this issue its 24/7 for them and it's really hard work.
"The incredible patience and compassion that's required and skill required to do this work and dealing with real world problem that are getting worse all the time, the fact this film could be used by the and we can share information...
"So sweet... Brilliant sense of community. ....and joy" Richard Gere seduces, and is seduced by, #LateLateShow audience.— Seán Rocks (@SeanRocksARENA) February 26, 2016
"My celebrity can help a little bit and the community that I come from, whether it's actors, musicians, athletes, poets, whatever bringing themselves to this around the world can give a big impact."Richard Gere on homelessness, humanity and his acting prowess at Irish screening of new film ‘Time out of Mind’
Richard Gere just gets up says i'll play the piano next time, shakes his hand and heads off into the sunset. Cool dude. #LateLateShow— David Morrissey (@DavidMorrissey5) February 26, 2016
Couldn't just bring Richard Gere on and have a chat lads. Nope, we have to have a sing song. Hope there's poitín in that tea! #LateLateShow— Paul Treyvaud (@TreyvaudsResto) February 26, 2016
Have seldom heard Richard Gere so open in interview. Brilliantly recognises gift of his celebrity then puts it to good use. #LateLateShow— Seán Rocks (@SeanRocksARENA) February 26, 2016
A kiss from Richard Gere. One for everyone in the audience! #LateLateShow— Bloom Fringe (@BloomFringe) February 26, 2016