Very few celebrity actors go beyond their star status and actually dedicate their lives to a cause; a cause that changes lives, a cause that saves lives. This, Sunday Karan’s guest is one such man. He is not only a Hollywood superstar but also a man with a humanitarian mission and on a lighter note; he is considered one of the sexiest men in the business… Richard Gere is Karan’s next guest on his show.

Richard Gere on Koffee with Karan

Excerpts from the interview:

Karan: Alright so sexiest man really… my mother goes weak in her knees every time she sees you on television…

Richard: I had this bizarre thing happen… I was making a movie recently and there was a little press conference called for the same… and there was this young reporter there … so shy and she came up to me and said, Mr. Gere, “Three generations of women in my family love you…. my grandmother, my mother and me”, … and I started blushing….

Karan: Thank God I didn’t bring my mother here…. I don’t know what she would have done…. Because yesterday I told her Richard Gere is coming to my show… and she was like Oh my God.. I’ve seen Pretty Woman over a 100 times….

Richard: It’s a bit different here… you know these beautiful young girls come to me asking for an autograph and they say, “could you make that for my mother please” (laughs) …

Karan: We were reading some kind of stuff you know, the sexiest men in the business have actually dedicated their lives to a cause… There are so many of them working especially in your fraternity, you know be it Brad Pitt or George Clooney or you and there’s this whole perception of them being so sexy and yet all of them doing things like humanitarian issues they combating and fighting and doing stuff for… you know sometimes people feel that there is a contradiction, a) the perception is very sexy and you know of course you have been so sincere about it?

Richard: You know sometimes people feel there’s a contradiction when that happens, the perception that you being so sexy and you being so sincere about a cause… You know there is a tradition of this in America… I mean… there is a feeling that there is a responsibility that we all have whether we are movie stars or the technicians here in the studio; whatever maybe… we are all equal in our humanity. And we all do have a responsibility to help each other as far as transforming the planet and specially those people who suffer.

Karan: You have actually been very consistent in this, working with your heart and soul for a while (cause of HIV Aids), but a lot of other celebrities come in initially what do I call it, it’s considered fashionable to fight a cause or do something …

Karan: Do you think, in India, AIDS is considered to be a homosexual disease? There is a lot of ignorance?

Richard: People just think… yes, it is primarily sexually transmitted… sex workers and truckers… they are the ones who are in this culture, labeled the ones, ‘That it is ok, if they die’ …

Karan: Oh God!!

Richard: Yes … But that’s basically that has happened here… and of course this disease has gone into the middle class community …

Karan: Yes, everywhere..

Richard: It’s gone into middle class homes… it’s gone into upper class homes…. Obviously the lower class homes… the primary target are the sex workers and the truckers…

Karan: Where do you see the Gere foundation a decade from today…

Richard: Well, hopefully the disease will be so much under control that we can move on and take up other causes.

Source: Indiafm

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