On October 8th, a picture of Richard Gere in character as a homeless man in the movie “Time Out Of Mind” appeared on Facebook. It reached over 1.5 million shares on the website and garnered a lot of comments.
“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 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. 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.”
In response to the post going viral, Gere used his movie co-star Jena Malone’s Facebook page to talk about the reported gestures the fake account portrayed.
He shared the above picture on Jena’s Facebook and wrote:
Hi, Richard Gere here. I was completely surprised to find that last week someone posted a photo of me on a Facebook fan page as a homeless man on the streets of New York that drew 1.6 million likes and over a half-a-million shares.
While the story that accompanied the photograph was somewhat fictional (especially the $100 hand-outs), it seemed to have touched something important in people. I’d like to find out what that is and what we can do together to make something good and meaningful happen for our homeless brothers and sisters.
The image was from Time Out of Mind, a film we released this fall, that follows a homeless man in New York City. I’d like you to join me for a conversation on the issue of homelessness and how it impacts your lives. The film’s director Oren Moverman I will be taking questions live on Wednesday, 10/28 at 11AM ET right here on Jena’s page, I hope you’ll join us. We’re excited to see what happens, PLEASE ASK QUESTIONS AND SHARE YOUR STORIES BELOW. .
Talk to you soon, Richard
Kudos to him for bringing more awareness to the topic!