Richard Gere Celebrates With Homeless At A Soup Kitchen In Rome

Richard Gere Celebrates With Homeless At A Soup Kitchen In Rome
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At a news conference in Rome, actor Richard Gere spoke about the difficulties faced by the homeless.


Gere said he understood the plight of the homeless after playing the role of a homeless man in his new movie, “Time out of Mind.” The movie was screened at a soup kitchen in Rome with a group of homeless people in audience on Thursday.

“It’s that fragile, the difference between us who have seemingly productive lives, and someone who ends up lost, a lost soul on the streets,” he said, as reported by CNS News. “I could feel in a very visceral way what it is like to be untethered, not connected to reality any more, not connected to society anymore, not connected to friends anymore, being invisible on the streets.”

The movie shows Gere, playing a homeless man named “George,” begging for change on the streets of New York and struggling to find food for himself. According to iMDb, “George seeks refuge at Bellevue Hospital, a Manhattan intake center for homeless men, where his friendship with a fellow client helps him try to repair his relationship with his estranged daughter.”

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“The thing that heals people is not money and it is not governments. It is people heal people. It is people who care about each other and look each other in the eye, you want to hear their story and people who want to hear your story. And these human connections is what heals us, certainly emotionally, psychologically but even physically that’s the beginning of healing us in all ways,” Gere said, as reported by Reuters.

You can watch Gere speaking about the homeless conference here.

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