Superstar Richard Gere Experiences The Invisibility Of Homelessness Firsthand
Richard Gere is an international superstar, beloved for his roles in such classics as "Chicago," "An Officer and a Gentleman" and of course, "Pretty Woman." He's worth millions and millions of dollars and is one of those faces that you'd think is instantly recognizable, but when he was working on his latest film "Time Out Of Mind," he learned first hand what it feels like to be one of the thousands of homeless people in this country - invisible.
As he was getting into character by rummaging through garbage cans in New York City, he was approached by a kindly French tourist who didn't recognize him but took pity on him and offered him some food. He posted his experience to Facebook, saying "When I went undercover in New York City as a homeless man, no one noticed me [...] People would just pass by me and look at me in disgrace." After he was done, Gere walked around and gave food and $100 to every homeless person he could find.