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Christian Calloway portrays homeless men. On Tuesday, he donated cash at a Japan fundraiser.
It wasn't the first time people assumed Christian Calloway was homeless and needed money.
When he showed up Tuesday at Dodger Stadium for a fundraiser for the disaster in Japan, the man with the disheveled beard and hair, the cardboard sign and a ragged sweater handed over the cash he had been given on nearby Sunset Boulevard.
"I never tried to dupe anybody," Calloway, who lives in Hollywood, said Wednesday. "I felt I was being forward.
"I guess I really do come across as homeless. I'm trashy looking and I'm dedicated to the portrayal."
Of course it was a case of self-promotion, Calloway said. And, it's not like he kept his identity a secret: Calloway stood at the Sunset Boulevard entrance to the stadium with a cardboard sign that included the address of his website, IamHollywoodHomeless.com, at the top.
"I saw on the news at a friend's place," he said. "It said to go to the Sunset entrance. So I thought, why not just go down there and be a little a beacon. I'm giving directions as a homeless guy so people could see that even homeless guys would care."
The sign also urged motorists to, "Give big to Japan at Dodgers Stadium."
"I have a strict policy of never taking money from anybody," Calloway said. "I believe it's bad karma. I'm just making sure I do what is right. I've never thought taking money from anybody while dressed homeless would be proper. I tried to explain, I'm just helping Japan out, and people wanted to give to me too. I just had to give in and start letting them know I'm going to give money from them to Japan."
He ended up donating $13 at the fundraiser.
NBC LA and the Clear Channel Los Angeles radio stations partnered for the fundraiser. The money is being donated to the American Red Cross Japan earthquake and tsunami relief efforts.
Calloway said when he first came to California, it was tough to find acting work with the clean-cut look, so he found a way to improve his chances.
"You're in a pool of so many people, so I cut my odds down," he said.
Watch the video below for his story.