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The Hollywood star appears as a ruthless Wall Street trader in Arbitrage, but he doesn't play him as a villain – that would be too easy

You were gorgeous then, I tell Richard Gere. He looks crossly over his glasses. "Were?" he says. Were – and are. "Thank you," he says, mollified. Two minutes into the interview and we're already unexpectedly into homoerotic territory. He looks back at a 40-year-old photograph of himself on my phone.

In the photo, it's June 1973 and Richard Gere is Danny Zuko, hair-slicked hottie bad boy of Grease, the role he played for six months at the New London Theatre, Drury Lane. It's decades before Gere started working that distinguished grey mane that serves him so well nowadays. It's a lifetime ago before that urban myth involving a gerbil and an emergency room. Long before he became the highest paid lover in Beverly Hills (in American Gigolo »

- Stuart Jeffries

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