Richard Gere mistaken for homeless man, given bag of food

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“Arbitrage” actor Richard Gere was so in character while shooting his latest movie in New York City that a good Samaritan gave him a bag of food, mistaking him for a homeless man.

The New York Post reports that Manhattanites were none the wiser when they saw Mr. Gere — worth nearly $100 million — rummaging through garbage cans and drinking beer out of a paper bag.

The 64-year-old actor was dressed in shabby clothes and eating a burger out of a trash can near Grand Central Station around 5:45 p.m. Tuesday. He was reportedly filming for his upcoming flick “Time Out of Mind.”

Mr. Gere didn’t even break character when an unsuspecting woman handed him food in an “I Love NY” bag. He just smiled and thanked her, the Post reported.

“I saw him,” Mizan Rahman, a street vendor, told the newspaper. “He looked like a natural homeless guy. He didn’t seem like he was acting. He was an excellent homeless man.

“He was putting his hand in the trash. He looked like a real homeless guy finding something … like the homeless men I see in many different places.”

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