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Richard Gere talks playing a beggar at Karlovy Vary film festival

7:17am EDT - 01:05

Richard Gere has been awarded the Crystal Globe for an outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema at the 50th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Rollo Ross reports.

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Richard Gere added a touch of Hollywood glamour to the opening of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in the Czech Republic. SOUNDBITE Actor, Richard Gere, saying (English): "This festival is very much about filmmakers, it is not so much about the song and the dance and the publicity around it but it seems to be a very serious filmmakers, serious films, actors, writers, directors, so I think it is a special honor to be here." The actor not only graciously picked up the Crystal Globe for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema... but he was also presenting the film 'Time out of Mind' alongside Jena Malone. In the film, Gere plays a homeless man trying to reconnect with his daughter. During filming, he also reconnected with reality when he shot a begging scene in public. SOUNDBITE Actor, Richard Gere, saying (English): "No-one paid any attention to me. Some people put some money into my cup and they didn't make eye contact. I think I made like 2 and a half dollars - I was very unsuccessful as a bum on the street." The Karlovy Vary Film Festival runs until July 11.

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Richard Gere talks playing a beggar at Karlovy Vary film festival

7:17am EDT - 01:05