Richard Gere: ‘Arbitrage’ character nothing like ‘Pretty Woman’
Published: January 22, 2012 07:12AM
Updated: January 22, 2012 07:17AM
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Kim Raff | The Salt Lake Tribune Actor Richard Gere gives an interview on the red carpet before the premiere of "Arbitrage" at the Eccles Center during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City on Jan. 21, 2012.

Actor Richard Gere is at the Sundance Film Festival playing the role of Richard Miller in “Arbitrage.” His character is a billionaire hedge fund magnate desperately trying to sell his company before his fraudulent accounting practices catch up to him.

After the movie’s Saturday night premiere at the Eccles Center, Gere said he had forgotten that he had played a similar character many years ago — the loveable businessman Edward Lewis who captured Julia Roberts’ heart in “Pretty Woman.”

“Someone asked me about that tonight, and I almost forgot about the other character,” he told the audience during the question-and-answer period after the film. “They are two different types of films,” he said. “This one is a reality-based film, the other one is not.” Chuckles from the audience followed.

The suspense-thriller was directed by screenwriter Nicholas Jarecki, and the cast also includes Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth, Brit Marling, Nate Parker and Laetitia Casta.

Additional screenings*

Monday, Jan. 23, 6:30 p.m. • Peery’s Egyptian Theater, Ogden

Saturday, Jan. 28, noon • Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Salt Lake City

Saturday, Jan. 28, 8:30 p.m. • The MARC, Park City

(*waitlist only)

Kathy Stephenson