Actor Richard Gere’s makeup for his new movie is so good that a New York tourist mistook the Chicago star for a real hobo and offered him the rest of her pizza.
Last week, The New York Post reported that a disheveled Gere went unrecognized near Grand Central Station. A French tourist, Karine Gombeau, even offered Gere a bag of food with pizza. Gere, staying in character, took the bag and thanked the woman.
— New York Post (@nypost) April 24, 2014
Gombeau later chatted with the Post, explaining that she really thought Gere was a homeless man, so she offered him the rest of the pizza that she, her husband and 15-year-old son couldn’t finish at an Italian restaurant.
She said that Gere asked what was in the bag. “I tried to tell him in English, but it came out half in French,” she explained. “I said, ‘Je suis désolée [I am sorry], but the pizza is cold.’”
Gere took the bag, saying “Thank you so much. God bless you.”
She told the Post that she had no idea it was Gere, even though she loves Chicago. “It was magical . . . It’s crazy, this story. It’s unimaginable that something like this could happen,” she told the Post.
image via Twitter from The New York Post