Richard Gere Invited Some Influential Strangers to His 50th Birthday

For his 50th birthday, Richard Gere's wife threw him a birthday party that featured appearances from a few of his greatest influences. Plus, he got up on stage and played with the band, because, as he says, "It was my birthday party. I could do whatever I wanted."

Released on 8/31/2016

Credits

Starring: Richard Gere

Transcript

00:00
[Lynn] What was your favorite birthday?
00:04
You know, the first one that comes to me
00:05
is...
00:15
My wife threw a 50th birthday party for me
00:19
and I had almost all of the loved ones in my life.
00:23
Real family and real friends were there
00:25
but I also invited people who I didn't know,
00:28
some of them I didn't know at all,
00:29
some that I sort of knew
00:32
who had influenced me in a positive way.
00:33
[Lynn] Wow.
00:34
Some of them quite famous
00:37
who actually came
00:40
and I love the image in my head
00:42
of them coming to my mother and father
00:43
and introducing themselves
00:45
and sitting and chatting.
00:47
But it was a group of people who had meant something to me
00:51
in many different levels.
00:53
It was just a great birthday.
00:54
Five oh.
00:56
[Lynn] Did you have a cake?
00:57
I don't remember the cake.
00:58
I remember the people
00:59
and I remember the musicians.
01:00
You know, we had Buddy Guy was playing
01:03
and R.L. Burnside, great Delta Blues guy.
01:06
[Lynn] Did you sing?
01:08
Oh yeah.
01:08
[Lynn] What did you sing?
01:09
Oh, made up things.
01:11
I got up and played the guitar with the guys.
01:14
It was my birthday party.
01:15
I could do whatever I want.
01:16
(Lynn laughs)
01:18
[Lynn] Fantastic.