John Malkovich saved a man from bleeding to death in Toronto: so awesome?

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These are photos of John Malkovich on 5/30 at a press conference for The Giacomo Variations, which is a play that he’s currently starring within in Toronto. Of course, Malky is playing Casanova, and I’ll just let that sink in for a moment.

That’s not all that Malkovich is up to in Toronto though. He’s also playing a real-life hero by running to the rescue of a man who fell and severely injured himself on Thursday night. The man, an American tourist named Jim Walpole, fell and slashed his throat, and Malkovich was outside his theater and heard the incident go down. From there, it was Malky to the rescue — he very likely prevented this man from bleeding to death. Here are the details:

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Actor John Malkovich helped save the life of a man bleeding severely on the street in Toronto on Saturday, according to media reports in Canada.

An Ohio tourist named Jim Walpole, 77, tripped on the sidewalk after leaving a restaurant in downtown Toronto. Walpole slashed his throat on some scaffolding and began bleeding profusely.

According to the reports, the Oscar-nominated actor was standing outside the Elgin Theater smoking a cigarette and, hearing the cries of Walpole’s wife, rushed to the assistance of the injured man and applied pressure to the bleeding with his scarf until paramedics arrived.

“The way he was spurting I thought it was the carotid [artery] or the jugular [vein],” said Walpole’s wife Marilyn, who is a retired nurse.

The 59-year-old actor is in Toronto starring in The Giacomo Variations at the Elgin Theatre.

Walpole told CBC News: “I asked, ‘What’s your name?’ He said, ‘John.’ And I didn’t ask the last name because I didn’t figure I’d remember it anyhow.”

He added that Malkovich “took over just like a doctor.”

Walpole was taken to a local hospital where he received stitches and was released.

[From The Wrap]

Obviously, this is pretty great news, and I’m sure that Toronto frequenter (and fellow good-deeder) Ryan Gosling was kicking himself for not being on hand for this incident. Naturally, John didn’t even identify himself by his full name because he didn’t want to attract any attention to himself at all. A door man at the hotel confirmed that John comforted the man and “placed his hand and started applying pressure immediately to the man’s neck and didn’t let go until the ambulance arrived.” In addition, a local restauranteur added that John quickly thanked him for helping as well and ran off to avoid media attention. Amusingly enough, the injured man and his wife admitted that they had never heard of Malkovich but promised to watch all of his movies now — considering the crazy ride known as Malky’s career, these two are certainly in for an eyeful in the process.

The only complaint I have about this story is that Malkovich was smoking when he noticed this man needed medical attention in a very bad way. Only a few years ago, Malky discussed his smoking/non-smoking conundrum to Esquire: “I’m a sort of nonsmoker–let’s just put it that way. I’ll always be a smoker who just doesn’t smoke.” I guess he’s changed his mind, and ironically, the fact that he was puffing on a ciggie meant that he was available to help save Jim Wapole’s life. Go, Malky!

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  1. Amelia says:

    Aw. This story brought a smile to my face.
    I hope Mr and Mrs Walpole are doing alright :)

  2. marie says:

    I’ll give him a pass on that cigarette break, thank goodness he was there to help. awesome story.

  3. boredbrit says:

    That’s actually very kind of him. Considering he’s a Zionist who said he wants to shoot Robert Fisk.

  4. Insomniac says:

    Goodness — what a bizarre accident. Glad Walpole is OK, and I recommend “Being John Malkovich” to start off his Malkovich career retrospective. :)

    • Lady LaLa says:

      Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich…All those different personas of him sitting around that room, lol. Classic.

    • EscapedConvent says:

      I would agree with that usually, but this man is 77 years old! I think he ought to start with In The Line Of Fire so he can enjoy the Eastwood, then Dangerous Liasons so his wife can enjoy the Malkovich, the costumes & the tragedy,& finally, if they’re still awake, “Being John Malkovich.” They will be delirious by then & it may not freak them out so much. ;-)

  5. T.fanty says:

    I LOVE John Malkovitch, but could you imagine being sliced open, at death’s door and opening your eyes to see him lingering above? I wouldn’t be sure whether he was trying to save me or just get up close to watch me die.

    On that note, off to watch The Shadow of the Vampire.

  6. mia girl says:

    My first thought when I read this great story was… “I’m sure that Valmont’s, I mean Malkcovich’s valet set up the whole thing just to help him win over Michelle Pfeiffer.”

    Yes, that’s how many times I’ve seen that movie.

  7. Spooks says:

    Just so you know :D

  8. ahoyhoy says:

    OOH! I can’t wait til they get to see Malkovich at his MOST creepy/stalkerific best as the assassin in “In the Line of Fire”.
    Also stars every pepaw’s fave Clint Eastwood, so I bet that will be an early choice.

  9. endoplasmic_ridiculum says:

    1) Not to throw shade at Walpole’s wife, but if she ws a registered nurse, why let some random stranger take over at the scene?

    2) That was nice of John Malkovich.

    3) He should volunteer in the West Bank sometime since he’s so talented at stopping bleed outs.

  10. Guesto says:

    “The only complaint I have about this story is that Malkovich was smoking when he noticed this man needed medical attention in a very bad way.”

    Why would you complain? What possible relevance does it have here? I just don’t get the mindset that can read this story and feel JM’s smoking is worth highlighting?


  11. Meerkat says:

    That’s not John Malkovich. It’s Victor Meldrew!

  12. Esmom says:

    Tragic fall but it doesn’t surprise me that the man fell onto scaffolding. I just got back from my first trip to Toronto and I was astonished at how much of it seemed to be under construction. Not easy to navigate, especially downtown. The number of half-built skyscrapers is unreal…I am curious about where this impending flood of new condo dwellers is coming from.

  13. Greenie says:

    Malky? Really? Could you be any more inappropriately colloquial and disrespectful? *eyeroll*

  14. dj says:

    What a great story. So glad JM was there and helped someone…let alone prevented them from bleeding out (possibly). If its not true, I just don’t want to know because I hope it is true.

  15. I Choose Me says:

    I’m glad that he was there to help. Love watching this man onscreen. I’ll watch him in anything.

  16. xoxokaligrl says:

    Thats awesome.. He didn’t even care that the guy could have given him hepatitis or AIDS.. That’s cool…