It really can’t be true, can it? Richard Gere has never been nominated for an Oscar? Really? Let’s check again. For Chicago, surely. Nope. Officer and a Gentleman? Nope. Unfaithful, The Hoax, Primal Fear? Eh-eh. Damn… Dude’s due.
With Arbitrage, Gere might finally land that elusive nomination. In the Sundance hit from first-time writer/director Nicholas Jarecki, Gere plays a Bernie Madoff type who needs to unload his financial company before Wall Street figures out he’s short $412 million. It’s a subtle, daring performance, but also one that reminds you how consistently remarkable the 63-year-old has been for more than 35 years, since catching Diane Keaton’s eye in Looking for Mr. Goodbar.
With Arbitrage out on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital download today, the 33-year-old Jarecki checked in to discuss the New York he knows and loves, how he connected with his Madoff-like anti-hero, and why it’s time for Gere to finally hear his name called by Oscar.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Watching Arbitrage gave me the same feeling that I have when I read a Richard Price novel.
NICHOLAS JARECKI: That’s a hell of a compliment. You know, I almost never listen to books on tape, but I think while I was writing it, I may have driven to Sundance with Lush Life playing. Bobby Cannavale read it. READ FULL STORY