Richard Gere channels Bill Clinton in ‘Arbitrage’ role

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Richard Gere says his character in the film “Arbitrage” has a lot in common with President Bill Clinton.

In the Nicholas Jarecki drama, Gere plays a likeable, family-oriented rich hedge-fund CEO whose extramarital affair and poor business decisions severe consequences on his life and family.

“It’s like with Bill Clinton. You know he’s got problems, but he’s our Clinton. It’s like, ‘He’s so lovable, he’s so smart, he’s cute, he’s boyish …,’” Gere said in an interview with The Wrap. “It was more important for me to get all the cylinders working on that part, as well as the machinations of what a Machiavellian guy in the financial world is capable of.”

Susan Sarandon plays Gere’s wife in the film, a character Gere compared to Clinton’s wife, the secretary of state.

“Look at Hillary Clinton. She could have taken a totally different route, but I think she went with her heart. She said, ‘I love the guy, I know he messed up, but he’s my Bill.’ And I think Susan’s character will ultimately do the same thing,” he said.  (Politico/Cirilli)

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