When Richard Gere (66) was preparing for the role as a homeless mentally ill man in the movie "Time out of mind", he made thorough preparations.
He dressed in ragged clothes and sat down on the street in New York. He collected bottles and begged for money. For three weeks he lived as a homeless, and he told that not a single person recognized him on the street.
Several months after, the movie star tells of the strong impression the experience made.
"When I went undercover in New York City as a homeless man, no one noticed me. I felt what it was like to be a homeless man. People would just past by me and look at me in disgrace. Only one lady was kind enough to give me some food. It was an experience I'll never forget. So many times we forget how blessed we are. We should not take that for granted. And if we can help someone in need, we should. That's why after I was done, I walked around and gave food and $100 to every homeless person I saw. They cried and were so grateful. Be the change you wish to see in the world." he writes on his own Facebook page.
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