John Malkovich often plays villains in his movies, but he got to be a real-life hero when he came to the rescue of a 77-year-old man who was bleeding on the street. According to a June 8 report by CBC News, the incident happened in Toronto, where Malkovich was starring in “The Giacomo Variations” at the Elgin Theatre.
Jim Walpole and his wife Marilyn are from Ohio, but they were visiting Toronto after completing a train trip across Canada. Their vacation almost ended in tragedy as they left a restaurant to return to their hotel — Jim tripped and fell, slashing his throat on some scaffolding as he hit the ground.
His wife was terrified that her husband had sliced his carotid artery or his jugular vein when she saw that he was spurting blood, and she quickly called for help. This is when John Malkovich came to the rescue, whipping off his scarf to apply pressure to the wound (who knew that stylish scarves could be lifesavers? Maybe hipsters aren’t so horrible after all).
The hotel doorman told CTV Toronto that Malkovich was outside smoking a cigarette at the time of the incident. So while smoking cigarettes is unhealthy and deadly, it’s possible that the actor’s smoke break might have saved Jim Walpole’s life. However, it’s important to point out that others also helped out in the situation — a doorman called 911, and restaurant owner Ben Quinn also came to the rescue.
This is what Quinn said of his encounter with Malkovich: “Malkovich turned and thanked me. I thanked him. We couldn’t shake hands, I was covered in blood. He was just off, didn’t want any attention. He’s a gentleman and a compassionate person.” So it was just another exciting day in the life of being John Malkovich.
And this is what Jim Walpole said about the star: “I asked, ‘What’s your name?’ He said, ‘John.’ And I didn’t ask the last name ’cause I didn’t figure I’d remember it anyhow.”
The Walpoles will probably remember his name now, but they actually haven’t seen any of the actor’s movies! Perhaps they shouldn’t start out with “Con Air,” in which he plays baddie Cyrus “The Virus,” and “Dangerous Liaisons” probably also isn’t a good idea since he plays a devious womanizer. Malkovich also plays a villain in “In the Line of Fire” and “The Portrait of a Lady.” “Of Mice and Men” might be a safe bet, but it’s just so darn depressing. Maybe they’d get a good laugh out of “Burn After Reading” or “Being John Malkovich.”
Maybe Malkovich’s next movie should be a documentary about the health system in Canada. When Walpole expressed his fear about being sent to a county hospital, the actor reportedly reassured the man, “Listen, they got a really good (health care) system up here.”
Malkovich joins a long list of celebrity heroes that includes Ryan Gosling, who saved a woman from stepping out into traffic; Tom Cruise, who came to the aid of a hit-and-run victim and even paid her medical bills; Patrick Dempsey, who rescued a teen from a flipped-over car using a crowbar; and rapper T.I., who talked a suicidal man off of a ledge.
So isn’t it about time for someone to make a movie about celebrities moonlighting as secret superheroes?