Richard Gere goes incognito as homeless man

Richard Gere took to the streets to highlight the plight of America's homeless.
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Richard Gere took to the streets to highlight the plight of America's homeless.

He may be a wealthy Hollywood actor, best known for playing a successful business tycoon in Pretty Woman, but Richard Gere knows what feels like to be homeless and living on the streets. 

Gere spent time on the streets of New York dressed as a homeless person while filming Time Out Of Mind. 

The film centres on a homeless man (played by Gere) who is trying to repair his relationship with his estranged daughter.

"When I went undercover in New York City as a homeless man, no one noticed me. I felt what it was like to be a homeless...

Posted by Richard Gere on Thursday, October 8, 2015

Despite once being voted People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive, Gere was not recognised on the streets and was able to experience first-hand how homeless people are treated in America. 

A post on his Facebook fan page explained:

"When I went undercover in New York City as a homeless man, no one noticed me. I felt what it was like to be a homeless man. People would just past by me [sic] and look at me in disgrace.

"Only one lady was kind enough to give me some food. It was an experience I'll never forget.

"So many times we forget how blessed we are. We should not take that for granted. And if we can help someone in need, we should," he said. 

Gere was apparently spurred into action, and apparently donated money and food to the homeless around him. 

"That's why after I was done, I walked around and gave food and $100 to every homeless person I saw. They cried and were so grateful. Be the change you wish to see in the world."

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