Tourist Gives 'Homeless' Richard Gere Some Pizza

He stays in character, thanks her

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 28, 2014 9:34 AM CDT

(Newser) – Proof Richard Gere is good at his job: While playing a homeless man for his upcoming movie Time Out of Mind on Tuesday, a French tourist spotted him sifting through a New York City trash can and thought he was actually homeless—so she gave him leftover pizza from the meal she and her family had just eaten, the New York Post reports. Gere stayed in character and asked what was in the bag, and when Karine Gombeau told him, "He said, 'Thank you so much. God bless you,'" she says.

Gombeau didn't realize she'd just given her cold pizza to a celebrity until she saw a photo of herself doing just that in the Post two days later. "It was magical," she tells the paper. "I think he’s very handsome, even at his age. Pretty Woman was not my favorite movie, but I ­really loved Chicago."

In a Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011 file photo, actor Richard Gere attends amfAR's annual New York Gala at Cipriani Wall Street In New York.
In a Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011 file photo, actor Richard Gere attends amfAR's annual New York Gala at Cipriani Wall Street In New York.   (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)
Richard Gere introduces the Dalai Lama at a theater in Mexico City, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013.
Richard Gere introduces the Dalai Lama at a theater in Mexico City, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013.   (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
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