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Richard Gere: How He Wants To Use ‘Fictional’ Homeless Photo To Make A Difference

Tue, October 27, 2015 10:04am EDT by 1 Comment
Richard Gere Homeless Photo
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Leave it to Richard Gere to use the power of social media for good! The famously private actor has invited fans to join him in a serious discussion about homelessness after a ‘fictional’ photo of him dressed as a homeless man for his latest film went viral. Here’s how you can join the convo.

Richard Gere, 66, may not be big social media, but on Monday, Oct. 26, the actor couldn’t resist using the popular platform to share a very important message with the world. Taking over his co-star Jena Malone’s Facebook account, the actor responded to a photo of him dressed as a homeless man for their new film Time Out of Mind, which recently went viral after a fan pretending to be him posted it to his page. While the original post was a hoax, Richard was so deeply moved by the outpour of support it received that he’s decided to use his star power for good, inviting fans to have a dialogue with him about the seriousness of the issue on — what else — social media!

“Hi, Richard Gere here,” the 66-year-old actor wrote on Jena’s page on Oct. 26. “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,” he continued. “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.”

Touched by the response the photo received, Richard went on to explain he will be holding a Q&A via Jena’s Facebook page on Wednesday, October 28 at 11 a.m. ET, along with Time Out of Mind director Oren Moverman. The actor hopes to discuss the issue of homelessness and how it impacts our lives. “I hope you’ll join us,” he concluded the post. “We’re excited to see what happens.”

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Time Out of Mind was released in September and follows the Pretty Woman actor’s character, the homeless and mentally ill George, who bonds with a new friend, played by Ben Vereen, in an attempt to repair his relationship with his estranged daughter Maggie, played by Jena.

HollywoodLifers, what do you think about Richard’s upcoming discussion on homelessness? Will you be joining in? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

— Alyssa Montemurro