Richard Gere, actor/non-hobo. Credit: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
New York, we ought to be ashamed. We've grown so callous and hardhearted that it falls to tourists to feed our movie stars.
Richard Gere was filming a movie near Grand Central last week in which he plays a homeless man. Apparently, he played the part a little too well: A French tourist spotted him rooting through a trash can and, moved by the plight of the apparently starving vagrant, gave him her family's leftover pizza.
Tourist Karine Gambeau, who is visiting NYC with her family, says Gere never broke character. “What’s in the bag?” she says he asked her.
“I tried to tell him in English, but it came out half in French,” she says.
“I said, ‘Je suis désolée [I am sorry], but the pizza is cold.’ ”
“He said, ‘Thank you so much. God bless you,’ ” she told Page Six.
Maybe I should have titled this story "Richard Gere cons innocent family out of pizza under false pretenses." They are from France, after all — hardly the pizza capital of the world, and Richard Gere cruelly snatched one of their few chances to eat real New York pizza from them through fraud. What is the world coming to?