Richard Gere Responds To His Homeless Social Media Post That Went Viral — It Wasn’t Actually His Post, But Here’s Why He’s Happy It Was Done!

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What a powerful story!

Earlier this month, a picture posted by a fan pretending to be Richard Gere went viral. The message claimed that the star went undercover while filming his new flick Time Out of Mind and gave $100 to various homeless people in New York.

The real 66-year-old icon caught wind of the picture that drew more than 1.6 million likes and chose to clear up the situation.

ICYMI, read the original post (below)!

“When I went undercover in New York City as a homeless man, no one noticed me. I felt what it was like to be a homeless…
Posted by Unofficial: Richard Gere on Thursday, October 8, 2015

The movie follows Gere’s character — homeless and mentally ill, George — as he tries to fix his relationship with his daughter, played by Jena Malone. During filming, Mr. Gere was essentially undercover in an (sometimes failed) attempt to not be recognized.

Related: 20 Celebs Who Were Homeless

Despite not having any social media of his own, the Pretty Woman actor enlisted the help of costar Malone’s Facebook profile to send a message to his fans.

While he admits that he never said those words from the fake post, the activist shares that he is happy that a conversation has been started about homelessness and he will be hosting a Q&A with the film’s director Oren Moverman this week.

Read his entire response (below)!

Hi, Richard Gere here. I was completely surprised to find that last week someone posted a photo of me on a Facebook fan…
Posted by Jena Malone on Monday, October 26, 2015

Thanks for letting him use your page, Jena!

We look forward to what comes of the Q&A with fans on Wednesday!

[Image via WENN.]

Oct 27, 2015 11:00am PST

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