Actor Richard Gere is speaking out about the photos of him looking homeless that recently went viral, refuting most of the original story posted by a fan page but encouraging his fans to help him make some real change.
Without a Facebook account of his own, the 66-year-old actor took to Jena Malone’s Facebook page, who plays his daughter in the film, and announced his mission to bring light to the very real problem of homelessness.
“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.”
The movie was shot over a year ago, but the photos recently shared on the Internet of Gere, and his co-star, Kyra Sedgwick, who were being covertly filmed for “Time Out of Mind,” in New York City, eating over a trashcan from a paper bag, sitting on park bench next to a grocery cart of belongings, were extremely convincing. Both Hollywood stars looked completely unrecognizable from the red-carpet looks for which they are usually photographed.
“Time Out of Mind” is currently playing in limited release in theaters.