Richard Gere is normally recognised on the streets and asked for autographs because of his famous roles in hit films such as Pretty Woman and An Officer and A Gentleman. But not recently. The 66-year-old who is usually spotted on red carpets, or on the set of his latest film, was ignored and outcast on the streets of New York – as he went undercover as a homeless man.
The award-winning actor, who is a renowned and devout Buddhist, is known for his charitable work both at home in America and abroad in countries such as Tibet. In 1999, speaking of his beliefs he said, “what we all have in common is an appreciation of kindness and compassion; all the religions have this. Love. We all lean towards love.”
Staying true to his word, Richard Gere took to the streets of New York City and spent time as a homeless man would. The experience he had was one the actor confesses he will, “never forget”, and he was so moved by the lack of compassion he witnessed, that afterwards he walked up to every homeless person he saw and offered them money and food.
Here, he shares his experience…
“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.”
Well we couldn’t agree more!
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