Richard Gere An Old Pal at the Bundestag

Hollywood actor Richard Gere caused a minor commotion at the Bundestag on Wednesday when he visited a friend of his, a lawmaker who also campaigns in support of Tibet.
Mr. Gere and Ms. Roth became friends at a conference for Tibet in the 1990s. Kay Nietfeld/DPA.

A peroxide blonde with colored streaks, Green Party lawmaker Claudia Roth has a striking appearance. But when Hollywood actor Richard Gere turned up at her office in Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag, on Wednesday, he definitely stole the show.

The Bundestag vice president and movie star discussed global politics, in particular the situation in Tibet, for more than an hour over a cup of tea.

Mr. Gere and Ms. Roth became friends at a conference for Tibet in the 1990s. The “Pretty Woman” actor is the chairman of the International Campaign for Tibet. And since he was in the German capital to present his new movie, “The Dinner,” at the Berlinale film festival starting on Thursday, he stopped by to meet Ms. Roth.

The pair also spoke about new U.S. President, Donald Trump. “I come from a country that’s very chaotic at the moment, and frankly, we’re looking at Germany to get inspired,” Mr. Gere said, before praising the “courage” showed by Germans and their government on refugee policy, according to German news agency DPA.