Richard Gere reveals why he hasn’t made sequels to his best films

Richard Gere has been one of the most consistently popular actors in romantic films and romantic comedies for about 30 years, and in a film industry increasingly reliant on sequels and spin-offs, he has managed to produce the follow-ups of his most avoiding conspicuous roles completely. The star of movies like Beautiful woman, An officer and a gentlemanand runaway bride, Gere has generated some huge hits that reshaped the romantic comedy and made hundreds of millions for studios, but somehow he managed not to make a sequel to any of them. You could argue that this is partly because romantic movies have a pretty clear ending (“happily ever after” and all that), but there are always those clamoring for more.

According to Gere, the reason he hasn’t is as simple as he hasn’t yet seen a follow-up script worth doing. According to him, he wouldn’t mind making a sequel if it felt like it was something that could stand on its own and be a good movie that stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the original.

“It all comes down to the script,” Gere told, while supporting his new movie Maybe. “I suppose if there was a really great script that could stand on its own, it probably wouldn’t bother me doing a sequel. But me, I’ve never seen that. I mean, maybe The godfather part IIyou know, was just about [The Godfather]…perhaps better, but that is extremely rare.”

You can then see him in the star-studded Maybe, which hits theaters this week and is about a young couple who introduce their parents for the first time — but it turns out those parents are cheating on each other, with each other’s husbands. So hilarity ensues.

Maybe was directed by Michael Jacobs. The film stars Diane Keaton, Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Emma Roberts, Luke Bracey and William H. Macy. You can read the summary below.

In the splendor of New York City, Michelle and Allen’s romance has reached the point where the parents finally meet. But now face-to-face, the dinner quickly spirals out of control when the parents realize that both spouses are sleeping with each other. They try to hide the affairs from the children and their antics turn the night into comic chaos.

Maybe comes to cinemas on Friday.

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