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Stallone: 'Richard Gere Blames Me for the Gerbil Rumor'

By December 13, 2006

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Via Jeanette Walls: Richard Gere and Sylvester Stallone so disliked each other when they were both working on the set of The Lords of Flatbush, said Stallone in a recent Q & A session with readers of Ain't It Cool News, that the two came to blows, leaving the director no option but to fire one of them.

"Richard was given his walking papers and to this day seriously dislikes me," Stallone mused. "He even thinks I'm the individual responsible for the gerbil rumor. Not true... but that's the rumor."

More: Readers Sound Off on Richard Gere!


October 29, 2008 at 3:52 pm
(1) Mojo Brown says:

Back in the mid 80′s when i was still in High School a derivative of this legend was going around. Back then the person in the lead was Jerry Penacoli of Extra. When the rumor went around Jerry was still a newscaster on NBC in the Philly area. Jokes about the story went around. People claimed that people they knew had first hand knowledge of this, while others protested for the hoax it was. Penacoli casted our news for years after that rumor, and went onto to more national fame. Oddly enough ten years back I moved to the Cincinnati area, when i first got here the same thing was said to have been said about one of the local news guys here and it would have been close to the same time people in my area were claiming the newscaster in question was Penacoli.

January 4, 2009 at 1:49 am
(2) Denise says:

I was a dinner party in West Hollywood in 1991 or ’92 when a woman came in late. She was a nurse at California Hospital and said she was late because Richard Gere came in and needed emergency surgery to remove a “hamster” from his ass.

Everyone laughed and suggested the nurse call the National Enquirer and see if she can get any money for the story. I don’t know if she did or not.

I swear all this happened BEFORE the story came out in the media. In fact, when I first read about Richard Gere and a gerbil I was shocked because I remembered the dinner party. I really believe this incident did indeed happen and the fact that Gere doesn’t deny (or confirm) speaks volumes.

January 24, 2009 at 3:56 pm
(3) Gerbilactivist says:

Mr. Gere…shame on you sir….shame…….An american Tale: Fieval goes West…how about An American Tale 3: Fieval ends up in Richards Geres old man ass. Shame on you sir…shame.

August 21, 2009 at 9:55 am
(4) Jess says:

You have to have a serious dent in your skull to believe such a tale…not what Sly said publicly, but what they are accusing Richard Gere of. The things some people are willing to believe as fact is beyond me!

August 22, 2009 at 9:10 pm
(5) Lynne says:

The reason he doesn’t make a comment is because to do so would stir up the pot and be beneath his dignity. Of course it didn’t happen, and I feel sorry for him having to carry this urban legend around! Shame on people who spread these kind of rumors!

August 30, 2009 at 8:45 pm
(6) Audra says:

I think the real story here is that Stallone blatantly states its a rumor, laying this long-time myth to rest. He and Gere may not have liked each other, but maybe this is a subtle apology for past hostility? After all, he IS saying the gerbil rumor was just that, a nasty rumor started by somebody..just not him. So for the people still buying into the gerbil story…Stallone just told you it’s a load of B.S. =)

January 4, 2010 at 2:25 pm
(7) Bob Robertson says:

I worked for a vet in LA in the early 90′s. One day Richard Gere came in and asked about declawing a gerbil. I was pretty star struck at the time, so I remember it clearly.

January 6, 2010 at 6:19 pm
(8) Billy says:

I am a gerbil. My dad told me that his great grandfather was in the pet store in 1992 when somebody came in and said “Richard will love this one” as he reached for him. He ran and hid under some sawdust. The guy picked up Binky, another gerbil. Lucky for me, huh?

February 18, 2011 at 1:31 am
(9) Dan says:

Oh god, thank you for the best laugh I had had in a while.

February 4, 2010 at 11:57 pm
(10) Catherine Todd says:

I love Billy’s story. And it’s got to be true! LOL… Some people are such idiots, how do they manage to stay alive? Thank God for the tireless efforts of the debunkers who help keep me SANE!

February 14, 2010 at 3:17 pm
(11) Reverend Flash says:

The fact that poster ‘Denise’ thinks that Richard Gere’s silence on the issue “speaks volumes” really speaks volumes about her and anyone else who doesn’t know how the burden of proof works. Denise, I notice that you didn’t post your last name. Is that because it’s ‘HITLER’??!! I don’t hear a response, Denise. Boy, that really speaks volumes about you being a descendant of Hitler.

April 7, 2010 at 8:38 am
(12) Denzel's love says:

Idk about everybody else bu I think that Sylvester Stallone is the hottest guy ever!!!!

April 19, 2010 at 4:35 pm
(13) Debbie says:

My Dad was one of the emergency room physicians. He didn’t even know who Richard Gere was until one of the nurses told him. He told us all the following morning. It was right after the academy awards I remember. The story didn’t become “popular” until at least 6 mos. after the fact.

April 23, 2010 at 4:51 am
(14) Binky's Brother says:

Idk about everybody else bu I think that Sylvester Stallone is the hottest guy ever!!!!

But what does the gerbil community think about Sly’s colon?

June 23, 2010 at 5:42 am
(15) Hector R. says:

Richard Gere is gay and was experimenting with that gerbil. inside knowledge!

July 20, 2010 at 7:28 pm
(16) Greg says:

Any person who honestly beleives this rumour is true needs to head on down to their local supply store and buy a hose pipe…then……put one end in their exhaust pipe…… the other sealed through the drivers side window. Breathe deeply. Keep Breathing…….There you go. One less retard in the world. :D

July 21, 2010 at 10:44 am
(17) Jack says:

I always thought this story came about due to the craze at the time where people were raiding celebrity garbage bins for anything they could find of ‘interest’. Apparently dead rodents were found with their claws removed in tied up condoms. Even if such items were found then surely anyone could have put them there. I’m sure such a bizarre fetish has taken place but to suggest a celebrity at the height of their career is involved would perhaps be even more bizarre. People are simply sad to believe such garbage.

August 12, 2010 at 9:51 am
(18) Mark says:

It’s amazing how many people are leaving claims that their friends/relatives ‘were there’ just on this article.

Far more likely than this happening, was that your friends just heard the rumor before it got in the papers, and repeated from a first-person perspective, which most people do with amusing stories at some stage.

November 18, 2010 at 11:55 am
(19) holtonfb says:

first for hector .. if he’s gay then why is he bedding down with Cory Lowell .. a very nice looking lady..
second .. my question about gerbiling is where does one get the super miniature self contained breathing apparatus for them to wear in Gere’s butt?? Remember, the primary gas in the human heiney is METHANE…

September 6, 2011 at 1:26 am
(20) T says:

It’s impossible that’s all Im saying the gerbil story is fake it’s sooooooooo old there’s gotta be a better or newer U L ( urban legend) or ha ha he he story

December 9, 2011 at 7:05 pm
(21) Jersey Dave says:

I heard the Penacoli gerbil rumor and the similar Gere rumor when I was a middle schooler in New Jersey in the late 1980s, before “Pretty Woman.”

Wierd the myths that went around before the internet.

I think it is a variation of the “Richard Pattinson is gay” or “Bieber is gay” rumors that almost always seem to get invented by guys in a “boys own” setting about a guy who has all, and I mean all, the ladies after them. Draw your own conclusions as to motive, I’ve always thought a bit of envy and jealousy went into it.

May 4, 2012 at 1:31 am
(22) The Mighty Tig says:

I’ve never met Richard Gere, so I really can’t comment on him or anything (or anyone) that’s allegedly been up his behind. I have met Sylvester Stallone (whom to this day I affectionately refer to as “Sty”) and I can state factually the man is a first class jerk! I had the displeasure of meeting him when I worked as a security guard in LaGuardia Airport. When I informed him I had to inspect his carry-on luggage because the contents weren’t showing on the x-ray machine (it’s called “FAA regulations”, by the way) the moron responded “What if I don’t want you inspecting my luggage?” I then let my manager fight it out with him. Sty lost! When I told this story to a buddy of mine who was a real Sty fanatic he told me he didn’t believe me. What was funny was his ex-girlfriend (who was sitting next to us at a party) turned to my friend and said, “I believe him. I’ve met Stallone; he’s a real jerk” and then SHE proceeded to tell him about her encounter with Mr. One-Trick Pony. Hilarious!

October 24, 2012 at 5:34 pm
(23) DLH says:

Yeah, your dad was there, you met some nurse from there – get real. They either lied to you, believed a lie, or you’re lying yourselves. People have scoured the duty rosters of Cedars Sinai for years and this incident never happened. In fact, there’s no record of anyone ever having been hospitalized anywhere for “gerbilling”. How gullible are you?

October 26, 2012 at 1:29 pm
(24) A qualified bottom surgeon says:

Forget all these accounts off “my aunties husbands boyfriends pet dog” nonsense…i know the story is true because i have a first hand account of the event in question, im the surgeon who operated on mr Gear. It took us 55 minutes to remove the critter but apart from some minor scarring to Richards buttocks, the op was a success.

October 26, 2012 at 7:19 pm
(25) xxx says:

I pity the person above who feels the need to claim he was the “doctor” involved in this obviously fraudulent story. People like to defame others; and apparently some people also like to lay claim to details which somehow make a fake story more believable. It is truly sad.

October 27, 2012 at 7:43 pm
(26) K says:

Coo, xxx, how gullible are you? You did notice that the poster is ‘A qualified bottom surgeon’, did you not? We can be reasonably sure that claiming to be a qualified bottom surgeon is NOT one of the ‘details that somehow make a fake story more believable’. And far from being truly sad, you’ve just made my day.

October 27, 2012 at 8:24 pm
(27) rojohillpeople says:

In the butt or out it should matter not.
One should be more concerned with their present state of affairs in their own existence than those centered on long ago past done acts.

April 24, 2013 at 5:45 pm
(28) MattyC says:

A friend of an uncle works for a medical device company. He said that he got a call in the middle of the night, a hollywood hospital needed a special rectal rodent trap in order to catch a family of gerbils in an “unknown actor’s” rectum. They had to fly it in. My cousin’s girlfriend’s coworker was the piolet of the helicopter, so i know it’s true. All the rest of my family members worked at the hospital and they saw it too.
Of course NONE of these people are availabel to comment or actually exist, and I’m just talking out my ass, like the rest of the dolts.

June 22, 2013 at 2:04 am
(29) Spec OPS says:

” I am not supposed to talk about this, but I can’t bear the burden any longer. Back in 1980, I was part of a newly formed elite unit in the Army. One our first real world missions was a deliberate op to rescue the Iran hostages. As we loading up in a C-130 we got a call – the op had been cancelled and we were diverted to a mission of much higher priority. I was pissed. We had been training for weeks and some DC beauracrat had the nerve to pull the plug. As for what happened next I remember as clear as day; a man in suit walked up and handed us our new orders. We were now on rescue op to save Binky from Richard’s ass.” A true story from RamboGuinea Pig of G Force.

August 29, 2013 at 2:26 am
(30) kevin says:

oh sweet jesus bless you all for the biggest laugh ive had in a long time. “all of my relatives worked at the hospital”

March 18, 2014 at 2:28 am
(31) Screech says:

Richard Gere was a college buddy of my principal, Mr. Belding. When I was a senior at Bayside High School in 1993, Richard Gere came to the school to give a talk and the science teacher, Mr. Dewey, noticed that a gerbil was missing from class! I have it on good authority that Gere was a raging homosexual who stuffed the gerbil up his ass and later ended up in the hospital when he was unable to pass the gerbil.

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