HOLLYWOOD – James Franco announces new film: Richard Gere and the Gerbil.
Following the moderate success of The Disaster Artist, Hollywood chronicler and self-proclaimed Renaissance Man James Franco turns his attention to one of the most resilient myths of Tinsel Town: Richard Gere and the Gerbil. We talked to the Spider-Man 2 star about his new project and this is what he said:
All aspects of the business interest me. And having recently been on the receiving end of the gossip, I suddenly became interested in the way stories get spread and are attached to people. Even when they are demonstrably false.
Wait. Richard Gere didn’t stuff a gerbil up his asshole?
No. That’s the point. Not only did Richard Gere not do it. There are zero reports of anyone in the Los Angeles area ever having to get a rodent removed from the lower colon.
But Sylvester Stallone told me that…
That’s how these things start. And it’s always Stallone.
I know. He spread this story around the time of Pretty Woman, that Gere had been at a wild party and they’d run this gerbil up a tune into his ass and it had got stuck. Apparently, he had to go to Sinai to have it removed. But it’s all nonsense.
So your film will debunk this whole thing, right?
No, we’re going to take the idea. What if it really did happen? And we’re going to dramatize that!
But wait! Won’t that just stoke the story?
Yeah, and yet who wants to see a movie where Richard Gere doesn’t get a gerbil shoved up his ass.
There you go.
Richard Gere and the Gerbil is out in 2020.