Richard Gere dealt with a fake viral story about himself in the best way possible.

Richard Gere, FTW.

Earlier this month, big news about actor Richard Gere surfaced on Facebook.

He'd reportedly opened up about a moving experience dressing as a homeless man in New York City.


Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images.

"People would just [pass] by me and look at me in disgrace," the post read. It was published with a photo taken of him dressed in clothes that, to many passersby, would imply he's homeless. "Only one lady was kind enough to give me some food. It was an experience I'll never forget."

The experience was apparently so unforgettable, he went around giving $100 bills to every homeless person he saw. (Whoa.)

What a class act, that Richard Gere.

The only problem? The Facebook post was a total fake.

It was published on the "Unofficial: Richard Gere" fan site's page (which, judging by its name, should have been a clue). Gere doesn't even have a Facebook account, as ABC News reported, so the direct quote used in the post's text was nothing short of a complete fabrication. (Man, the Internet these days.)


I'm sure whoever shared the post had good intentions. But the false post blew up a little too much for comfort, garnering more than 1.5 million Likes and 640,000 shares.

Gere didn't remain silent.

Did he get angry? Nah. He seized on the moment to speak out on homelessness (this time for real).

Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.

The photo taken of him dressed as a homeless person was real, though. The actor had been in character for his new movie, "Time Out of Mind," released in September 2015.

Seeing as Gere doesn't have an official Facebook account, he used his co-star's — actor Jena Malone, who plays his estranged daughter in the film — to speak out on the matter:

"Hi, Richard Gere here. I was completely surprised to find that last week someone posted a photo of me on a Facebook fan page as a homeless man on the streets of New York that drew 1.6 million likes and over a half-a-million shares.

While the story that accompanied the photograph was somewhat fictional (especially the $100 hand-outs), it seemed to have touched something important in people. I'd like to find out what that is and what we can do together to make something good and meaningful happen for our homeless brothers and sisters.

The image was from Time Out of Mind, a film we released this fall, that follows a homeless man in New York City. I'd like you to join me for a conversation on the issue of homelessness and how it impacts your lives. The film's director Oren Moverman I will be taking questions live on Wednesday, 10/28 at 11AM ET right here on Jena's page, I hope you'll join us. We're excited to see what happens, PLEASE ASK QUESTIONS AND SHARE YOUR STORIES BELOW.

Talk to you soon, Richard"





Using the misleading post as an opportunity, Gere explained that he and director Oren Moverman would be chatting with fans about homelessness — which affects more than 578,000 people in the U.S., according to a 2014 report by the Department of Housing and Urban Development — in order to combat the crisis.

"I hope you'll join us," Gere wrote. "We're excited to see what happens."

Now that's how you deal with a fake Internet story.

Ask Gere questions on Malone's Facebook page to participate in the Q&A, which starts at 11 a.m. Eastern on Oct. 28, 2015.

And don't forget to check out the film (it looks incredible).

More
via bfmamatalk / facebook

Where did we go wrong as a society to make women feel uncomfortable about breastfeeding in public?

No one should feel they have the right to tell a woman when, where, and how she can breastfeed. The stigma should be placed on those who have the nerve to tell a woman feeding her child to "Cover up" or to ask "Where's your modesty?"

Breasts were made to feed babies. Yes, they also have a sexual function but anyone who has the maturity of a sixth grader knows the difference between a sexual act and feeding a child.

Keep Reading Show less
popular
Instagram / JLo

The Me Too movement has shed light on just how many actresses have been placed in positions that make them feel uncomfortable. Abuse of power has been all too commonplace. Some actresses have been coerced into doing something that made them uncomfortable because they felt they couldn't say no to the director. And it's not always as flagrant as Louis C.K. masturbating in front of an up-and-coming comedian, or Harvey Weinstein forcing himself on actresses in hotel rooms.

But it's important to remember that you can always firmly put your foot down and say no. While speaking at The Hollywood Reporter's annual Actress Roundtable, Jennifer Lopez opened up about her experiences with a director who behaved inappropriately. Laura Dern, Awkwafina, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong'o, and Renee Zellweger were also at the roundtable.

Keep Reading Show less
popular

Life for a shelter dog, even if it's a comfortable shelter administered by the ASPCA with as many amenities as can be afforded, is still not the same as having the comfort and safety of a forever home. Professional violinist Martin Agee knows that and that's why he volunteers himself and his instrument to help.

Keep Reading Show less
popular
Courtesy of Macy's

In many ways, 18-year-old Idaho native, Hank Cazier, is like any other teenager you've met. He loves chocolate, pop music, and playing games with his family. He has lofty dreams of modeling for a major clothing company one day. But one thing that sets him apart may also jeopardize his future is his recent battle against a brain tumor.

Cazier was diagnosed in 2015. When he had surgery to remove the tumor, he received trauma to his brain and lost some of his motor functionality. He's been in physical, occupational, and speech therapy ever since. The experience impacted Cazier's confidence and self-esteem, so he's been looking for a way to build himself back up again.

"I wanted to do something that helped me look forward to the future," he says.

Enter Make-A-Wish, a nonprofit organization that grants wishes for children battling critical illnesses, providing them a chance to make the impossible possible. The organization partnered with Macy's to raise awareness and help make those wishes a reality. The hope is that the "wish effect" will improve their quality of life and empower them with the strength they need to overcome these illnesses and look towards the future. That was a particularly big deal for Cazier, who had been feeling like so many of his wishes weren't going to be possible because of his critical illness.

"In the beginning, it was hard to accept that it would be improbable for me to accomplish my previous goals because my illness took away so many of my physical abilities," says Cazier. His wish of becoming a model also seemed out of reach.

But Macy's and Make-A-Wish didn't see it like that. Once they learned about Cazier's wish, they knew he had to make it come true by inviting him to be part of the magical Macy's holiday shoot in New York.

Courtesy of Macy's

Make-A-Wish can't fulfill children's wishes without the generosity of donors and partners like Macy's. In fact, since 2003, Macy's has given more than $122 million to Make-A-Wish and impacted the lives of more than 2.9 million people.

Cazier's wish experience was beyond what he could've imagined, and it filled him with so much joy and confidence. "It is like waking up and discovering that you have super powers. It feels amazing!" he exclaims.

One of the best parts about the day for him was the kindness everyone who helped make it happen showed him.

"The employees of Macy's and Make-A-Wish made me feel welcome, warm, and cared for," he says. "I am truly grateful that even though they were busy doing their jobs, they were able to show kindness and compassion towards me in all of the little details."

He also got to spend part of the shoot outdoors, which, as someone who loves climbing, hiking, and scuba-diving but has trouble doing those activities now, was very welcome.

Courtesy of Macy's

Overall, Cazier feels he grew a lot during his modeling wish and is now emboldened to work towards a better quality of life. "I want to acquire skills that help me continue to improve in these circumstances," he says.

You can change the lives of more kids like Cazier just by writing a letter to Santa and dropping it in the big red letterbox at Macy's (you can also write and submit one online). For every letter received before Dec. 24, 2019, Macy's will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish, up to $1 million. By writing a letter to Santa, you can help a child replace fear with confidence, sadness with joy, and anxiety with hope.

Believe
True
Macy's