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.
Richard Gere took over costar Jena Malone‘s Facebook page to draw attention away from the picture, but to use the hype it generated to make a difference.
“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,” he wrote. “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.”
Therefore, Gere will host a Q&A on Malone’s Facebook page alongside the film’s director, Oren Moverman, on Wednesday at 11 a.m. ET.
I hope you’ll join us,” he added. “We’re excited to see what happens, please ask questions and share your stories below.”
“Time Out of Mind” stars Gere as one of New York City’s thousands of homeless residents, with Malone playing his daughter. Parts of the film were shot with hidden cameras, which allowed Gere to interact with real people while remaining inconspicuous.