Tourist mistakes Richard Gere for Beggar, Gives Him Pizza

A French tourist offered her pizza to what appeared to be a homeless man rummaging through trash on the streets of New York.

Little did she know that the man whom she offered pizza was none other than Hollywood icon Richard Gere.

According to a report published in, Karine Valnais Gombeau, a 42-year-old Parisian, spotted the actor, digging through a trash bin and drinking a beer from a brown paper bag, as she came out of a pizzeria near Grand Central station in Manhattan.

richard gere being mistook as a begger

Richard gere being mistook as a begger

I said “Je suis desolee [I am sorry], but the pizza is cold”‘ Gombeau said, who approached the 62 year-old actor with the leftover pizza. The pizza was carried in a plastic ‘I Love NY’ bag.

 “He said, ‘Thank you so much. God bless you,'” she said.

She left without knowing it was Gere making his new movie Time Out of Mind, until she saw herself in a newspaper two days later.

“It was magical…It’s crazy, this story. It’s unimaginable that something like this could happen,” she said, adding she thought Gere, the star of Pretty Woman and Chicago, was “very handsome, even at his age.”

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