Sunday 25 February 2018

WATCH: 'It's very very sweet!' - Richard Gere surprised to be serenaded with 'Up Where We Belong' by Irish fans on Late Late Show

Richard Gere on the Late Late Show
Richard Gere on the Late Late Show
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

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.

Richard Gere on the Late Late Show
Richard Gere on the Late Late Show

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...

"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’


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