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Richard Gere says he was kicked out of big Hollywood movies because China doesn’t like him | The Independent

Richard Gere argued that his vocal stance on Tibet cost him successful roles in Hollywood because the academy feared alienating its burgeoning Chinese audience.

The actor starred in a number of blockbuster Hollywood hits in the 80s and 90s, such as A pretty woman, An officer and a gentleman, runaway bride, and Internal affairsbut has taken something of a hiatus since then, instead appearing in smaller, independent roles.

Gere has now said his absence from the role is partly related to his criticism of the Chinese occupation of Tibet. According to him, Hollywood is afraid to offend China, which is now the second largest box office market in the world.

“There are definitely movies that I can’t be in because the Chinese will say, ‘Not with him,'” he told the Hollywood journalist.

“I recently had an episode where someone said they couldn’t fund a movie with me because it would upset the Chinese.”

Gere, a Buddhist and longtime friend of Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, is a prominent human rights advocate in Tibet and is co-founder of Tibet House and chairman of the International Campaign for Tibet. His support for the Tibetan Independence Movement means he is banned from entering China.

In 1993, the actor found himself banned as an Oscar presenter after choosing to speak out against China’s occupation of Tibet and its “appalling human rights situation”. Along the same lines, Gere also called for a boycott of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Gere’s activities not only made Hollywood seemingly reluctant to cast him in big movies, he says they once led to him being banned from an independently funded non-studio film that wasn’t even not intended for release in China.

“There was something I was going to do with a Chinese director, and two weeks before we were going to shoot, he called saying, ‘Sorry, I can’t do it,'” Gere recalled. “We had a secret phone call on a protected line. If I had worked with this director, he and his family would never have been allowed to leave the country again and he would never work.

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Thankfully, the actor made it clear that he wasn’t upset about not being given the roles in the studio’s blockbusters. “I’m not interested in playing shrunken Jedi in your tent,” he said. “I’ve had enough success over the past three decades to be able to afford to do these [smaller films] now.”

During his divorce from his second wife and actress Carey Lowell, the New York Post estimated Gere’s worth at $250 million.