Richard Gere has one of the most buzzed about movies at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival with “Arbitrage,” and he hopes the project will have an impact with a wider audience.
“It’s going to resonate with [the Bernie] Madoff [scandal] and a lot of other problems we’ve had with the morality of our money system,” Richard told Access Hollywood correspondent Tim Vincent.
The film takes its name from a type of trading, the actor said.
“It’s actually, it’s a way to make money,” Richard said, when Tim asked about the title. “You buy small and you sell heavy and it’s a very computerized thing. It has to be done in milliseconds to make money. This is a story about a guy who’s made a lot of money from that game.”
Richard famously played corporation trader Edward Lewis in “Pretty Woman,” but he said the only thing Edward and his “Arbitrage” character, Robert Miller, have in common is being in the world of business.
“He was a corporate raider. This guy’s not a corporate raider. It’s more conceptual what this guy does. Money itself, isn’t an object, it’s in the digital world. There’s nothing you can hold on to any more, it’s always moving,” he said.
Like his “Pretty Woman,” character, Robert Miller is popular with the ladies, even the ones he doesn’t hire, and when talk turned to women, Tim asked if Richard would like to reunite with Julia Roberts on the big screen.
“Of course,” Richard said.
“She’s a lot older than me, so I don’t know if it’s gonna work,” he joked.