Rare is the occasion when Richard Gere acknowledges the existence of the infamous gerbil-in-the-butt legend that has tailed him since the early nineties, but he did just that in an interview published in the U.K.'s Metro this week. Asked if he had ever read any "crazy stories" about himself, Mr. Gere replied:
I stopped reading the press a long time ago. Lots of crazy things came up about me at first, especially from the tabloids. There is an infamous 'Gere stuck a hamster up his bum' urban myth. I expect that sort of thing but when reputable magazines started making up stories claiming I was in a country I had never been to with someone I didn't even know, I just decided not to pay attention to any of it. It's a waste of energy.
A hamster??? Either the actor is unforgivably fuzzy on the details of his own signature urban legend, or he knows something the rest of us do not.
He and Sylvester Stallone need to talk.