Richard Gere tapped into real-life emotions for his latest role as a homeless man in “Time Out of Mind,” particularly those he felt after splitting from wife of 11 years, Carey Lowell.
When asked if his emotional performance was a result of decades spent honing his craft, the Golden Globe winner responded honestly, “What probably really helped was that I was right in the middle of a divorce…The emotions were right on the surface.”
It’s been a year since the couple, who married in November 2002, parted ways, though sources told Closer the exes have a remained a family unit for the sake of their 14-year-old, Homer.
An insider shared that Richard and Carey have actually made a point to continue spending time with their son together — and that includes sharing family meals, taking Homer to sporting events and making sure he knows that his parents will always be around.
“They are great parents,” the insider told the mag in January, “and they want to make his life as normal as possible. There is a lot of love and respect there. They really still want to be a family, in whatever shape that turns out to be.”
“Time Out of Mind” presents a change for the actor, who’s known for playing high-powered characters, like Edward Lewis in “Pretty Woman” and Billy Flynn in “Chicago.”
But it appears the 65-year-old had no problem embracing his new role, tricking at least one NYC tourist, who offered his homeless incarnation her restaurant leftovers.