Clownin’ and Grabbin’ With Gere

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Writer-director Richard Shepard let Radar in on a scene you won’t see on the big screen showings of The Hunting Party, a comedic thriller about a trio of journalists in Bosnia, starring Richard Gere, Terrence Howard, and Jesse Eisenberg.

“There’s a scene in the movie where the guys come up to this midget black-marketeer who grabs Richard [Gere] by the cojones and wants some money that he’s owed. And it was really funny to shoot that, and we did a lot of takes,” Shepard said at the film’s premiere Wednesday in Manhattan. Then, he added, “A few days later, we … brought the guy back in the middle of a scene, and just had him run over and grab Richard. And we actually filmed it. It’s not in the movie, but it’ll be on the DVD.”

During an interview, Gere focused not on the gonad grab but on a “wonderful” experience he had while filming in Sarajevo. “There is a very small community there and a film school. And Richard [Shepard, the director] and I went over there and basically taught a master’s class for them one day. And it was so meaningful to them that they gave us plaques and made us honorary members of the school, and that kind of thing is really important.”

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