I’m not a big fan of bankers, but when mulling over the cultural impact of “Pretty Woman” and the profession it romanticizes, the first occupation that comes to mind is not “banker.”
The 62-year-old actor added to Australian magazine Woman’s Day magazine that he believes his character in the film even helped trigger the worldwide economic meltdown.
Speaking to Woman’s Day magazine, he said: ‘People ask me about that movie but I’ve forgotten it.
‘That was a silly romantic comedy.’
He also says the character he played in the movie, Edward Lewis, glorified brash Wall St financiers.
Gere added: ‘It made those guys seem dashing, which was wrong. Thankfully, today, we are all more skeptical of those guys.
Ah, yes, Hollywood values.
Gere doesn’t even make sense, though. At the end of the film, thanks to the positive influence of the sweet, innocent prostitute he’s fallen in love with, Gere’s character acts very un-banker like.
There’s more to say, but I just remembered that I don’t care.