When Richard Gere returned from the set of Yanks he found that Looking For Mr. Goodbar and Days Of Heaven had made him an overnight sensation. Gere, a thoughtful stage actor with more than a decade of experience, found the media's incessant references to "sexy Richard Gere" a considerable annoyance. Indeed, during one memorable interview, when asked yet again about being a sex object, Richard (a future Buddhist) snapped. "You want to see a sex object?" he asked -- and promptly produced his penis!
[Richard Gere was the envy of many men. Some spread rumors that he was gay, and one man (a trucker) actually ran his car off the road.]