Richard Gere Is an ‘Excellent Homeless Man’ in NYC

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Richard Gere, Photo: Simon Hayter/Getty Images News/Thinkstock

North Haven’s Richard Gere has been filming Time Out of Mind in New York City.

In the new film, directed by Oren Moverman (The Messenger) and based on a story by Jeffrey Caine (The Constant Gardener), Gere plays a homeless man attempting to reunite with his daughter. A credit to his acting chops — and perhaps the film’s costume crew — Gere and costar Kyra Sedgwick, dressed and made down as homeless people, didn’t get recognized once by pedestrians as they roamed the streets near grand Central Terminal in Manhattan, picking out of garbage cans and playing their parts on Tuesday evening, the Post reports. In fact, the wealthy Pretty Woman star was so convincing that one kind woman gave Gere an “I Love NY” bag of food, never noticing that she was talking to a Hollywood superstar.

A nearby newspaper salesman, Mizan Rahman, told the Post he was completely fooled, especially because Gere was sticking his hands in garbage. “He looked like a real homeless guy finding something,” Rahman told the Post, also observing, “He looked like a natural homeless guy… He was an excellent homeless man.”

Other area workers said they saw the cameras, but none connected them to Gere.

Earlier this month, the Post reports that Gere was also seen “chugging a beer on a bench and sitting on a sidewalk” during filming.

No one has identified the generous woman who gave him food.

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