Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Richard Gere to Koizumi: Shall We Dance

Though he played quite the man-whore in "Breathless," Richard Gere, according to Hello!Magazine, is something of a private dancer in Japan:

"Japan's prime minister Junichiro Koizumi wasn't expecting anything more than a photo opportunity when he met up with Richard Gere in Tokyo, so he got something of a surprise when he turned to his guest and, in a jokey reference to the actor's latest film, asked; 'Shall we dance?' Richard promptly embraced the 63-year-old and took him for a twirl in front of the cameras."


Above: "Friday night and the lights are low/Looking out for the place to ... go"

" ... Not the kind of response the Japanese leader is used to, but he seemed to enjoy it nonetheless."


Above: "And when you get the chance..."

"It isn't the first time Junichiro has cast aside the formalities of political protocol to accommodate a visiting star. Two years ago he delighted his nation's movie fans by joining Tom Cruise for a rendition of the Elvis Presley hit I Want You, I Need You, I Love You."

Ah yes, Koizumi: Bullwark against Chinese hegemony in the region, or light-in-the-loafers dancing fool with a fucking gorgeous head of feathered hair?

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