American Gigolo grossed $23 million at the U.S. box office.
Director Paul Schrader co-wrote the story and screenplay for Martin Scorsese's '76 classic "Taxi Driver". Schrader's directorial debut was the '78 urban drama "Blue Collar", starring Richard Pryor. Schrader would go on to direct Michael J. Fox in "Light of Day" in 1987.
John Travolta was offered this role first but due to a "no nudity" policy, turned it down. Gere seems to be Travolta's clean up man grabbing parts in "Days of Heaven," "An Officer and a Gentleman" and "Chicago" after Travolta turned them down.
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