John Malkovich rescued a badly-injured Ohio man in downtown Toronto on Thursday night, June 6. Jim Walpole (79) and wife Marilyn (75) were on their way back to King Edward Hotel from a dinner when Jim tripped on a curb and hit a sharp part of a scaffolding which slit his throat.
"My neck hit the scaffolding pole and there was a sharp thing sticking out on the bottom," he said. "My neck hit the thing that sticks out and tore it. I was really bleeding." Marilyn, who is a retired nurse, reportedly freaked out and yelled for help.
John, who happened to be nearby the scene, ran over and rescued Jim. "[John] started to press on my neck. He said he was trying to stop the bleeding," Jim said. The 59-year-old actor also comforted Jim, saying, "Listen, they got a really good [health care] system up here. You are going to be all right."
John wasn't the only one who came to Jim's rescue. Chris Mathias, a King Edward Hotel doorman, rushed to assist John. Ben Quinn, the owner a restaurant where the Walpoles had just had dinner, drove by and stopped his car to help.
"I was bleeding so bad on my neck and Chris bought him a towel and John kept pressure on my bleeding neck and then Quinn kept me from turning over and made me stay there until EMS arrived," Jim said.
Jim was later transported to St. Michael's Hospital. "The emergency room doctor said if [the cut] had been another eighth of an inch, I would have been in real trouble," Jim added. "It would have gotten into a main artery." Jim received 10 stitches and spent the whole Friday recovering at the hospital.
"I'm forever grateful to [John], he really helped me out," Jim said in a telephone interview from his home in Defiance, Ohio, on Saturday, June 8.
John was in Toronto to play Casanova in "The Giacomo Variations" at Toronto's Elgin Theatre.