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12/03/2012 10:03 am ET

Richard Gere: 'Robert Pattinson Is A Perfectly Nice Guy, But ...'

Richard Gere thinks Robert Pattinson is a wonderful guy --still, he doesn't understand what all the hoopla is about.

The 63-year-old actor met the 26-year-old "Twilight Saga" star during a luncheon in honor of his Oscar-worthy film "Arbitrage" at Osteria Mozza in Los Angeles, Calif., on Nov. 30 -- and he was surprised.

Unlike his model wife Carey Lowell, Gere isn't up-to-speed on the phenomenon that is RPattz.

"He was a perfectly nice guy, but I had no idea," Gere told E! News at the Governors Awards on Dec. 1. "I was getting calls from my wife going, 'What are you doing with him? He's so cute, but what are you doing with him?'"

So it appears the actor lives with a Twihard!

"My wife is aware of these things," Gere laughed to E!. "I don't know that she's a fan."

Now that "Breaking Dawn - Part 2" is destroying the box office, Pattinson is set to head Down Under next month to begin shooting his new flick, "The Rover," in Australia. But maybe someday we'll see Rob and Richard hit the big screen together ...

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