IT is one of the most popular films of all time, but for its star Richard Gere, Pretty Woman‘s popularity continues to surprise him. At a recent film festival in Prague, where the actor was promoting his forthcoming film, Time Out Of Mind, he saw first-hand how the 1990 film – in which he co-starred with Julia Roberts – has stood the test of time.
“They wanted to show Pretty Woman and they said to me, ‘We’re going to show it in an amphitheatre’, and I thought, ‘Oh that’s kinda great, it’s a popular movie’,” he recalled. “I asked how many people would be there and they said at least a couple of thousand people. They asked me to come and say ‘hello’ to everyone when it was shown – this is at 11 o’clock at night – so I drove up from behind and peaked outside the curtain of the amphitheatre and looked out – there were 7,000 people there! And most of them were under 25! They all somehow knew this movie – it had a life way beyond what we thought it had when we were making it.”
Clearly underestimating the film’s continuing cult status, Gere told Huffington Post Live that it was a unique project for everyone involved.
“It was magic,” he smiled. “You can’t programme it, if you could there would be a thousand of them by now. It had some magic in terms of her (Roberts), me, the story, the director Gary Marshall – it was a time of our lives, it was a time of the universe and it just happened.”