Richard Gere Poses As Homeless Man In NYC, Then Commits An Amazing Act Of Generosity (VIDEO)

Richard Gere plays a homeless man in New York City in the movie Time Out Of Mind. In the film, Gere is George, a man who has been left homeless due to a variety of circumstances.

A reviewer in the Memphis Commercial Appeal describes George as a victim of societal and economic violence but also of his own dubious choices. The movie was shot on the streets of New York, and the people passing by Gere as he begs for money on the street are real New Yorkers.

Most of them walked past Gere, even as director Oren Moverman was filming, revealing a sad truth: many of us, maybe even most, dont notice the homeless among us. On Thursday, Gere posted about the experience on his Facebook page, saying People would just past by me and look at me in disgrace. [sic]

Richard Gere Facebook

Time Out Of Mind, called a semi-documentary by the Chicago Sun-Times, shows how easy it is for a person to fall into poverty and homelessness. There is very only a thin thread of a plot, but as the Sun-Times reviewer observes, the movie does an excellent job of showing Georges sense of stunned befuddlement at his situation. We see him as he tries to navigate the confusing array of social services, trying to get help, but seemingly coming away more frustrated and bewildered than ever.

As the film progresses, the audience learns that George was once a husband and father who had a good job. Now he drifts aimlessly, alone in a crowd of people, on the city streets. Things that most of us never think about are issues for George, such as finding a quiet space. George is desperate for quiet, but no matter where he goes, he cant find it. Not in the homeless shelter, not in the hospital ER where he goes in search of a place to sleep, certainly not on the bustling streets of New York City.

George is surrounded by people, surrounded by the sound of conversations, but he has no connection to any of them. At one point he says quietly, to himself, I dont know anybody anymore.

Gere was so moved by his experience during the filming of Time Out Of Mind that, as he relates in his Facebook post, he walked around and gave food and money to the homeless people he encountered. Be the change you wish to see in the world, he says.

Time Out Of Mind was released in a limited number of theaters on September 9, and is currently available for pre-order on iTunes.

Heres the trailer:

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  • Ricardo Rebelo

    And this is the guy that shoved a gerbel up is bottom… Amazing how sick and twisted people can also be capable of acts of kindness…

    • Guest40

      Your statement says so much more about you than it does Richard Gere. You are simple minded.

      • Ricardo Rebelo

        If simple minded means to keep rodents from my insides, proud of it!

        • janegrey

          apparently, you are arrogantly proud of your ignorance. people evolve, gere has been a budhist for ages but you, you seem to still be an amoeba

    • zesphynx

      and you have proof of this gerbil incident of course? your comment and profile picture says more about your arrogance and fascist tendencies than anything else. i truly pity people like.

    • Lisa Angela

      you still believe that?

      • Ricardo Rebelo

        Its a matter of public record

  • Lisa Angela

    I live in Las Vegas there is a person on just about every major intersection holding a sign and asking for money. People look away because they can barely make ends meet as it is. If I were to give money to every person I see on the way home from work, every day of the week I would be broke. Why arent they in shelters where they will get help. The help is there go to the Salvation Army they will help with housing and a job.

  • David Matthew Dalleinne

    who did he help before this movie…publicity stunt…pandering…