Born three times piecemeal, Richard Gere and Sylvester Stallone both came major Hollywood stars in the 70s and 80s. Philadelphia- born Gere bagged his first major part in a West End product of Grease, while New Yorker Stallone set up his foremost work in ‘ softcore ’ cinema and plodded with severance and homelessness. Despite their differing origins, Gere and Stallone’s paths led them both to one movie, the 1974 drama The Lords of Flatbush. But rather than relating the brace over their participated good fortune, the film began a decades-long feud.
The Lords of Flatbush
Written and directed by Stephen Verona, who grounded the film on his own teenage times in a 1950s motorcycle gang, The Lords of Flatbush would be a fairly low- budget product featuring a group of youthful and ambitious actors. Alongside unborn Happy Days star Henry Winkler, Verona cast Stallone and Gere. Stallone, in addition to offering a script punch- up, would play Stanley Rosiello, while Gere was cast as Chico Tyrell. But cracks in the cast began to appear beforehand, with Stallone and Gere colliding during practices . “ He’d strut around in his large motorcycle jacket like he was the baddest knight at the round table, ” Stallone recalled in a 2006 interview with Ai n’t It Cool.
One day, during an extemporization, he seized me( we were bluffing a fight scene) and got a little carried down. I told him in a gentle fashion to lighten up, but he was fully in character and insolvable to deal with.
I was eating a hotdog and he climbs in with a half a funk covered in mustard with grease nearly trickling out of the aluminum wrapper. I said, ‘ That thing is going to drop each over the place. ’ He said, ‘ Do n’t worry about it. ’ I said, ‘ If it gets on my pants you ’re gon na know about it. ’
“ He proceeds to suck into the funk and a small, slithery swash of mustard lands on my ham. I bulled him in the side of the head and principally pushed him out of the auto. The director had to make a choice one of us had to go, one of us had to stay ” With Gere being fired( or choosing to walk – reports vary), the youthful Perry King was cast in the part of Chico. The Lords of Flatbush entered mixed reviews, but it was a hit with 70s cinema- goers( Quentin Tarantino, for one, is a addict). The film launched Stallone’s career, while Henry Winkler would develop his most notorious character, Happy Days ’ The Fonz, on the set, inspired by Stallone’s performance.
Gere, who has noway intimately spoken of his gests on the set of Flatbush, would have to stay a little longer to break Hollywood. In 1980, Gere achieved mainstream success with his supereminent part in American Gigolo, and he’d cement his stardom with places in flicks including The Cotton Club and Enough Woman – places reportedly firstly allocated for Stallone.
By the early 90s, Stallone was the encyclopedically recognised action star of the Rocky and Rambo votes, while Gere was an established heartthrob known for romantic pictures like An Officer and a Gentleman and Enough Woman. Behind the scenes, still, both men had developed reports for delicate geste
. Gere feuded with Debra Winger during the filming of An Officer and a Gentleman, while Stallone held a stewing resentment for Arnold Schwarzenegger ever since the Terminator star reportedly mocked Stallone at the 1977 Golden Globes. And Arnie putatively was n’t the only one with a dislike for Sly. Gere reportedly won the supereminent part of Enough Woman’s Edward Lewis after Stallone turned it down. In the film, director Garry Marshall specially cameos as a homeless man who, when Edward asks him for directions to Beverly Hills, points at a structure in a run-down.
By 1992, Gere’s marriage to supermodel Cindy Crawford was formerly collapsing, just a time after the two had wed. It was in this tumultuous state that Gere met Stallone again, at a party hosted by Elton John. The party in question was star- packed. In her autobiography Bonkers My Life in Laughs, Jennifer Saunders wrote that her stylish friend and comedy mate Dawn French was in attendance, as well as Tim Rice, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Princess Diana. French, who described Gere as “ veritably good looking but unfeignedly dull ”, also witnessed Stallone “ attach himself to Princess Diana – velcroed himself to her side. ”
French stated that Princess Diana was bothered by Stallone’s attention and asked for her help. According to Elton John himself, Diana only had eyes for the handsome Gere “ As the rest of us gabbled, I could n’t help notice a strange atmosphere in the room Judging by the kind of aesthetics he kept shooting them, Diana and Richard Gere’s recently blowing fellowship wasn’t going down well with Sylvester Stallone at all. ”
After regale, Stallone and Gere dissolved and were latterly set up “ squaring up ” in the corridor, on the verge of a “ fist- fight ”. Reportedly, Stallone latterly complained to John “ I noway would have come, if I ’d known Prince f *** in ’ Charming was gon na be then. ” Of Princess Di, Stallone allegedly said “ If I ’d wanted her, I would ’ve taken her! ”
According to Esquire, there was further to Gere and Stallone’s 1992 battle than their collective interest in Diana. In 1995, the magazine reported “ Depending on which regard you heard, the evening either ended with Sly and Gere giving Diana ‘ fits of cachinnations ’ or with two macho model hounds snarling over CindyC. ” pertaining to Crawford, Gere allegedly said “ I hear you ’re sleeping with my woman ” to Stallone, before calling the Rocky actor a “ lowlife ” and making fun of his accentuation. While Stallone reportedly called Gere’s blameworthiness “ crazy ” and “ completely untrue ”, and Gere himself a “ confused man who was having visions ”
The gerbil rumour
in the same Ai n’t It Cool interview in which Stallone described Gere’s confidentially shenanigans in The Lords of Flatbush, the Rocky star also dropped a stunner “ He indeed thinks I ’m the individual responsible for the gerbil scuttlebutt. Not true but that’s the scuttlebutt. ” This ‘ gerbil scuttlebutt ’, which first circulated in the early 80s, was that Gere formerly placed a live gerbil in his rectum, and was rushed to sanitarium when he could n’t remove it himself.( A platoon of croakers apparently worked lifelessly to free the critter.) This tale sparked numerous pop culture references and parodies, including an In Living Color squib from 1992 and a namecheck in 1996 horror movie Scream.
This crazy story is in fact an civic legend which has been attributed to multitudinous celebrities over the times, generally attributed to notorious numbers who are also rumoured to be intimately gay.( tales about Gere’s fornication have also girdled the actor since his early career.) Others linked to the gerbil story include Philadelphia TV newsreader Jerry Penacoli, as well as weatherman Rick Segel and an unnamed linebacker for the Cleveland Browns.
Of course, there’s zero substantiation that any of these men, Gere included, ever got intimate with a gerbil. also, there’s no substantiation that the contended sexual practice of ‘ gerbilling ’ indeed exists, with experimenters failing to find any record of anyone ever having had a rodent removed from their rectum.