If you've been wondering about the glaring absence of Richard Gere-iness on the silver screen recently, there's apparently a reason for that.
Gere has claimed he can no longer get cast in big Hollywood blockbusters due to his very vocal stance on Tibet.
The 67-year-old actor - who was one of Hollywood's most sought after leading stars of his generation - has to stick to smaller budget independent flicks because of his highly-publicised twenty year campaign against China's occupation of Tibet, and its "horrendous, horrendous human rights situation."
"There are definitely movies that I can't be in because the Chinese will say, 'Not with him'," the Pretty Woman star told The Hollywood Reporter.
"I recently had an episode where someone said they could not finance a film with me because it would upset the Chinese."
The Wall Street Journal reported this week that "you can't make movies without China, with the country's $6.6 billion box-office total last year second only to the United States".
Gere also disclosed to the publication: "There was something I was going to do with a Chinese director, and two weeks before we were going to shoot, he called saying, 'Sorry, I can't do it,'.
"We had a secret phone call on a protected line. If I had worked with this director, he, his family would never have been allowed to leave the country ever again, and he would never work."
His last big budget movie was almost a decade ago in Warner Bros. romantic comedy Nights in Rodanthe.
But Gere also admitted that he's not that bothered about starring in big studio productions, adding: "I'm not interested in playing the wizened Jedi in your tentpole.
"I was successful enough in the last three decades that I can afford to do these [smaller films] now."
Gere recently completed two small budget movies - The Dinner, with Laura Linney and Steve Coogan, and Norman, co-starring Michael Sheen and Steve Buscemi.