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French tourist gives 'homeless' Richard Gere cold pizza

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A French tourist in New York gave some pizza to a homeless man, without realizing he was Richard Gere acting in a film.


Karine Valnais Gombeau, a 42 year-old Parisian, spotted the actor sifting through rubbish on the streets of Manhattan as she was leaving a restaurant near Grand Central station on Friday.

She was carrying the remains of her pizza and she gave it to the man she assumed to be a homeless person living on the streets. 

Gere asked her what was in her bag.

"I tried to tell him in English, but it came out half French", Valnais Gombeau told the New York Post on Sunday.

"I said, je suis désolée (I'm sorry), but the pizza is cold. Gere said 'thank you so much' and I answered  'God bless you' ".

Valnais Gombeau didn't know she that the man was Richard Gere until the Post ran a picture of her and Gere in its Sunday edition.

"It’s crazy, this story. It’s unimaginable that something like this could happen" said Valnais Gombeau, adding that the actor was "very handsome, even at his age".


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