Richard Gere Hits Cannes With ‘MotherFatherSon’ and Says the World of TV and Movies ‘Has Turned Upside Down’

Variety | 10/15/2018 | Stewart Clarke
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Richard Gere hit Cannes on Monday with his upcoming BBC series “MotherFatherSon,” and the star told reporters that TV is now where the best work is being done.

“MotherFatherSon” marks the first time Gere has taken a role in a major series after a career in film. “The world has so turned upside down in terms of movies right now. The most interesting stuff being done for an actor is [on] television,” he said. “I don’t have to work; I do what I want to. This is something I thought is going to be five or six months of my life, but is going to be worth it.”

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Gere also said that drama can shine a light on real-world events, particularly at this moment in time. “The reality-show president we have highlights the real stuff even more,” he said. “We have now become accustomed to seeing something that is false and lies and is all artifice. When you do something that is coming from an honest place, a generous place and wanting to somehow explain the world as it is, and with a motivation of making it better [by] understanding it, I think it is highlighted even more.”

“MotherFatherSon” is a political and family thriller. Writer Tom Rob Smith (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”) said it is not based on actual people or events, but the series does mirror real life.

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Gere plays Max, a newspaper and media baron who can influence elections and shape politics. He has succession plans in place, in the shape of son Caden, played by Billy Howle (“On Chesil Beach”). There is an investigation into...
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