The homeless couple who lived on the street outside Paul Bettany's $6.9-million Tribeca penthouse slept under a transparent plastic sheet. The actor passed the pair every weekday while walking his kids to school, and everyone shared awkward hellos. Sometimes he'd give them money.
But after a while the conversations waned.
"I'm ashamed to say that as time moved on, I stopped talking to them," Bettany admitted.
And then Hurricane Sandy happened in 2012, and he and his wife, actress Jennifer Connelly, and their three children evacuated the city. When the storm passed, he returned to find the homeless couple had vanished. He couldn't stop thinking about them. Had...