Richard Gere thinks he has Irish roots

Richard Gere, Irish? Could be.

The aging very gracefully actor told The Irish Times that he thinks he’s got some Irish roots.

“I was from a different planet,” he told the paper about his background. “I just enjoyed acting. I remember my mother early on – it was a big family, an Irish family – would take us to the movies. I enjoyed it.”

His interviewer stopped to ask if she heard correctly about the Irish part.

“Well I think so. I am definitely Anglo-Saxon. And I am sure there is Irish blood there. I remember my grandfather – he was a farmer in Pennsylvania – and he’d dance Irish jigs a little bit. I’m still hoping to find an O’Gere out there.”

O’Gara, O’Gere – close, right?