The Guardian reports on this truly funny story:
When a bunch of people emerged from subway tunnels and told this lady’s husband to stop filming his wife and surroundings with his little camera, the couple understood that something strange was going on. Two days later the French tourist learned what, when she spotted her photo in a newspaper! The homeless man to whom she had given her left-over pizza was actually actor Richard Gere, who was preparing for an upcoming movie role by walking around the streets of Manhattan in character as a homeless man, rummaging through garbage cans for scraps of food.
‘I said “Je suis désolée [I am sorry], but the pizza is cold”‘ Gombeau told the NY Post, who approached the 62 year-old actor with the remnants of an ‘enormous’ pizza her family had shared but was unable to finish. The pizza was carried in a plastic ‘I Love NY’ bag.
‘He said “Thank you so much. God bless you.”‘ recalled Gombeau.
I’d love to know if they’re going to cameo her in the movie. Don’t you think this would make a really nice vignette?