Richard Gere: Pretty Woman is “My Least Favorite Thing”

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Turns out Richard Gere thinks Pretty Woman is actually pretty terrible.

Opening up to Australia’s Woman’s Day magazine, the actor, 62, admits he’s not particularly proud of the 1990 flick that launched Julia Roberts into stardom.

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“It’s my least favorite thing,” Gere says. “People ask me about [it], but I’ve forgotten it. That was a silly romantic comedy.”

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Gere starred in Pretty Woman as arrogant, calculating entrepreneur Edward Lewis, who falls for warmhearted Vivian Ward, a prostitute he hires to accompany him on business outings.

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The film grossed over $463 million worldwide, and helped establish Roberts’ status as America’s Sweetheart–and solidified Gere’s own status as a major crush object for women everywhere.

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Despite the movie’s feel-good tone, though, Gere says looking back, he has a real problem with his character’s attitudes towards life, and love. “[Pretty Woman] made [guys like Edward] seem dashing, which was so wrong,” the actor explains. “Thankfully, today, we are all more skeptical of those guys.”

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