Next time you pass a homeless man on the street, do a doubletake.
It could be a famous actor underneath those ratty clothes and dirty palms.
Golden Globe winner Richard Gere recently tried this experiment out on the streets of New York City and wrote about it on his Facebook page.
The post, which has now gone viral, details how Gere felt in the eyes of passersby.
“When I went undercover in New York City as a homeless man, no one noticed me,” he wrote. “I felt what it was like to be a homeless man. People would just past by me and look at me in disgrace.
“It was an experience I’ll never forget. So many times we forget how blessed we are. We should not take that for granted.”
The full post can be read here.
Gere reportedly spent a lot of time learning what it’s like to be homeless for his latest film “Time Out of Mind,” which had a limited release in September.
Here’s the trailer: