Richard Gere Went Unnoticed as a Homeless Man in New York City

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Richard Gere in character for his movie 'Time Out of Mind' in New York City. Photo: Splash Australia

When Richard Gere finally stepped out into New York City as the homeless man at the center of his new movie, Time Out of Mind, no one even noticed.

"I was out there for the very first shot, 40 minutes plus – no one made eye contact with me," Gere, 66, told WHO Friday at a Los Angeles Confidential event in Beverly Hills, California.

"I was in character," he said. "I was in one of the busiest places in New York. If I had been Richard Gere there, I wouldn't have lasted 30 seconds."

The trick wasn't even that Gere was unrecognizably dressed or made-up, he said.

"It was just I wasn't the movie star and people's projections on what they saw from the body language and where I was in the street filled in these spaces with an erroneous story," he said.

Being in such places for production on the film – a longtime passion project which follows Gere's character through the city – made him realise "how tenuous all of our perceptions are in the world," he said.

Even if you aren't an A-lister.

"It wasn't about me," Gere said. "It was a perception about all of us that we tend to just skate along the surface of things. We never stop to really look and feel beyond the surface of what we see and there's a whole deeper, more profound reality below that."

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