NEW YORK — Popular actor Richard Gere went undercover as a homeless man in New York City, and he spoke with People Magazine about the experience.
“I was out there for the very first shot, 40 minutes plus – no one made eye contact with me,” Gere told People. “I was in character. I was in one of the busiest places in New York. If I had been Richard Gere there, I wouldn’t have lasted 30 seconds.”
A photo of Gere in disguise was shared on a Facebook fan page.
The post has gone viral with more than 1 million likes and a half-million shares in just four days.
Gere, the 1999 People magazine “Sexiest Man Alive,” has spent a lot of time learning what it’s like to be homeless for his latest film “Time Out Of Mind.”
The film had a limited release in September.