Richard Gere Tears Up Over Dog

The actor "cried like a baby” when he read "Hachiko: A Dog’s Story” script.

Posted: October 20, 2009, 5 a.m. EDT

Richard Gere has a serious case of puppy love.

The actor said he “cried like a baby” when he read the script for his new movie, “Hachiko: A Dog’s Story,” a remake of a Japanese classic about a faithful Akita who waited for his owner every day at a Tokyo train station a decade after the owner died.

“I was telling people over dinner, and I could only get halfway through the story and I would start crying,” Gere told a news conference at the Rome Film Festival.

The Japanese were so moved by Hachiko’s loyalty to his professor-owner that they built a statue of the dog at the Shibuya station, now a popular rendezvous spot. Hachiko died in 1935.

The updated film, directed by Lasse Hallstrom, moves the action to modern Rhode Island.

“I wasn’t sure if it was just a very sensitive reaction I had that day, so I read it again a few days later and had the same reaction,” said Gere, who plays the professor.

“This is a love story,” he said. “It has nothing to do with gender or species.”

The movie is scheduled to open in the U.S. in December.


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User Avatar   Clymer, PA

10/27/2009 3:48:51 PM

I saw the story on AP Dogs101, or is it Breeds101, anyways..I was fascinated and misty eyed, I lost an Akita in May, 2009, and with waterproof mascara on , I will be watching this movie, I think it shows that Richard Gere really is a good guy, I knew I liked him for more that his looks and fame!

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Donna   Bloomindale, NY

10/26/2009 7:04:11 PM

He won't be crying alone. I heard the story on Animal Planet and can't wait to see the movie tissue in hand

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Isobella   Nashville, TN

10/21/2009 5:25:27 PM

It sounds like just the sort of movie I'd like. I will watch it when it comes out. There is something appealing about a movie that moves the actors in such a way that that it brings out the emotion like that.

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michelle   rockford, IL

10/21/2009 7:19:49 AM

Ive heard this story, very sad....Cant wait to see the movie!

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