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Richard Gere: Shifting Geres


I don’t know about you, but my eyes kind of glaze over when I think about reading an interview with Richard Gere.  He’s an activist and I assume he’s going to spend 90% of the article talking about his causes.  Plus, Gere has a reputation for being guarded, so I’m not expecting him to say anything really interesting.  As it turns out, when Gere sat down for the cover story of the November 1997 issue of Movieline magazine, he did have a lot to say about Buddhism.  But he also tells some interesting stories about his career up to that point.

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What Might Have Been: Kim Basinger


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Kim Basinger

Kim Basinger was a model-turned actress who went on to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.  She’s been a Bond girl and Batman’s girlfriend.  Not to mention an iconic sex symbol of the 80’s thanks to movies like 9 1/2 Weeks.  But like any successful actress, Basinger had to pass on a lot of roles that could have taken her career in a different direction.

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What Might Have Been: Meg Ryan


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Actors careers are shaped by choices.  Their performances are made up of small choices; how a character should move, what they should sound like, how they should react.  Then there are the big choices like what roles to take and who to work with.  When an actor commits to a movie, they are dedicating a chunk of their lives to preparing for the role, filming the movie and then doing the promotion circuit.  For a lead actor, each movie can be a year-long commitment.  For an actor who is in demand, this can lead to some tough choices which will ultimately shape the course of their career.

As the old saying goes, “hindsight is 20/20.”  Sometimes, an actor’s choices look foolish in retrospect.  Other times, it seems like they dodged a bullet.  Either way, movie fans love looking back and wondering what might have been.

In the late 80’s and early 90’s, Meg Ryan was America’s Sweetheart and the reigning queen of the romantic comedy.  For a time, Ryan had her pick of projects which means she had the opportunity to pass on a lot of movies that went on to become hits.  The means lots of opportunities to wonder about what might have been.

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What the Hell Happened to Debra Winger?


Debra Winger

Debra Winger

Debra Winger has received three Academy Award nominations.  She’s been nominated four times by the Golden Globes.  Not to mention numerous nominations for various critics’ awards and a couple of wins.  But despite the acclaim, she had a toxic reputation for being “difficult” – a reputation which she reinforced by trash-talking co-stars and directors.

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