So, So Brave: Richard Gere’s 45 Minutes As A Homeless Man Was ‘An Incredibly Profound Experience’



It’s hard out there trying to drum up press for your independent movies, and one of our favorite ways to generate buzz is by promoting epic stories of the star’s brave method acting. Even big budget films do it, and whether it’s Jared Leto mailing his costars rats or Ben Foster eating handfuls of dirt, there are few things funnier to us than pampered actors trying to prove their grit by overdoing make-believe.

Today’s True Hero Of Method Acting is Richard Gere, who plays a homeless man estranged from his daughter in Oren Moverman’s Time Out Of Mind. As Gere told reporters recently at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic, they bravely shot parts of the film guerrilla-style, the most xxxtreme form of pretending because the bystanders don’t even know it’s pretend.

“We shot for 45 minutes. No one paid me any attention. Some…

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Freelance writer. Activist on homeless issues. 48 years old. I write about subjects that need to be examined closely and thoughtfully. The idea for Brain Sections came from reading a book about abandoned asylums. I wanted to set a suspense story in that setting. The inclusion of crazed scientists turning homeless people into zombies is what makes the story unique. View all posts by tjmcfee

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