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Celebrities don’t just play characters on the big screen.
From Tom Cruise to Clint Eastwood, many Hollywood superstars have become real-life heroes who step in and take action when needed.
Slumdog Millionaire actor Dev Patel recently made headlines when he tried to stop a stabbing at a gas station in Australia.
The pair got into an argument that ended with the woman slashing the man in the chest, despite Patel’s attempt to de-escalate the situation. The actor stayed with the man until the authorities arrived.
The man was taken to the hospital, while the woman was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, 7NEWS reports.
“Dev acted on his natural instinct to try to de-escalate the situation and break up the fight,” Patel’s spokesperson told 7NEWS. “Fortunately, the group made it and stayed on site to allow the police and eventually the ambulance to arrive.”
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Here are some other celebrities who became real-life heroes:
Tom Cruise has saved many lives many times.
The “Top Gun” actor saved five people whose yacht caught fire back in 1996. Cruise got his start while vacationing in Capri, Italy with then-wife Nicole Kidman.
Cruz was simply “doing what any decent person would do,” his rep explained to People magazine at the time. “If I ever get in trouble, I hope Tom Cruise is around.”
That same year, Cruz witnessed a woman being hit by a car. The actor received a 911 call from a passerby and followed the woman to the hospital. She suffered a broken leg and bruised ribs. Cruz paid the hospital bills after discovering she had no insurance.
The “Mission: Impossible” actor is also credited with saving the lives of young fans who were crushed at the premiere and stopping two men from robbing them, according to reports.
Kate Winslet has been credited with saving the life of Virgin Group founder Richard Branson’s mother while on vacation in the British Virgin Islands in 2011.
According to reports, Winslet and about 20 other guests were awakened when the house caught fire around 4 a.m. The “Titanic” star carried Branson’s mother, who was in her 90s at the time, to safety.
“My mum is 90 years old and can walk, but it was more to speed up the process than anything else. She was great though. She picked her up and got her out of the house as quickly as possible,” Branson told The Telegraph at the time .
“Talking to her, she said it’s like being on a movie set where you’re waiting for the words ‘cut’ and they just don’t come. So it was quite surreal for her to be in a real-life situation.”.
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Kate Winslet’s Titanic actor Leonardo DiCaprio came to the aid of a man who fell off a cruise ship in 2020. DiCaprio was vacationing near St. Barts when he learned the cruise ship was looking for a passenger.
DiCaprio and his fellow riders, including girlfriend Camila Morone, joined the effort. The group found a man who had been in the water for 11 hours and brought him to safety, according to E! News.
John Krasinski helped save a woman’s life while he was living in Costa Rica. The ‘Office’ star went into action after a woman was swept away by a ‘crazy break’.
“One of the places I went to was this amazing beach called Manuel Antonio, which I didn’t realize had a crazy break,” the actor recalled in an interview with Playboy in March 2018. “While I was swimming there, this is a story I’ve never told anyone — this Costa Rican girl and an American guy were swimming right next to me and we were up to our knees. I went under for a second and when I came back up, he screamed. lungs. In literally three seconds the girl was swept 150 yards away.”
“At that point I didn’t ask anyone. There was no one to help me. I just went out and tried to save him,” he recalled. “And then, of course, when I got out of there, I was at an intersection with him. It was one of those moments where, ‘Oh my God, you just made a bad choice and it could cost you your life.’
Surfers eventually helped the two to safety.
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Harrison Ford has rescued more than one stranded traveler with his helicopter.
The “Indiana Jones” star came to the aid of Sarah George in 2000 when she was hiking the 11,106-foot Table Mountain. George’s associates moved him to more level ground, and Ford arrived with his Bell 407.
“He was wearing a T-shirt and a cowboy hat,” George said, according to ABC News. “He didn’t look like I’d ever seen him before.”
“I can’t believe I hit Harrison Ford in a helicopter,” she added.
Ford also came to the aid of a 13-year-old Boy Scout the following year who was stranded in the woods near Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park.
“Cody said the kids asked if he had an autograph and he said, ‘No, but I got a hug and a handshake, and that’s better than an autograph,'” the boy’s mother told the Associated Press.
In 2012, Jennifer Lawrence helped a woman who accidentally collapsed outside the Hunger Games star’s California home. According to reports, the actress waited with the “female minor” until help arrived.
“The 911 call came in around 6:41 p.m. Monday night. Jennifer Lawrence and some other locals were assisting a female juvenile who appeared to have been drinking and was outside of an apartment building,” Sgt. Richard Lewis of the Santa Monica Police Department told US Weekly at the time.
“Miss Lawrence and several others waited by the woman’s side until the police and paramedics arrived. It was not serious and the woman will be fine.”
Ryan Gosling once helped save the life of a British journalist who almost ran into traffic.
“I didn’t remember looking right,” Laurie Penny later wrote of the incident. “An actor walked by and stopped me from getting hit by a car. I said, ‘Thank you.’ And that was it. The actor was Ryan Gosling.”
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am CEO Steve Johns credits Clint Eastwood with saving his life.
John had been eating a snack when he started choking. Eastwood used the Heimlich maneuver on the CEO and “saved [his] life.”
“I was drinking water and eating these little snacks, throwing out a piece of cheese, and it just wasn’t working,” John recalled to ESPN. “I was looking at him and I couldn’t breathe. He recognized it right away and saved my life.”
“I couldn’t believe I was 202 pounds and he threw me in the air three times,” John told the Carmel Pine Cone newspaper.
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Rapper TI talked a young man out of committing suicide in 2010. The man was thinking of jumping from the 22-story Colony Square building in Atlanta when TI appeared “out of nowhere,” police said at the time.
The man was taken to Atlanta’s Grady Memorial Hospital for a psychological evaluation.
“It’s really, really hard for me to take credit for this,” the rapper told US Weekly. “God did all the work. I just came around. So I can’t say it’s the most heroic thing I’ve ever done. It was probably one of the most spiritual moments I’ve ever had.”
Jamie Foxx saved the life of a man whose car caught fire after a crash near the actor’s Los Angeles neighborhood home in 2016.
The man crashed into a “land reclamation ditch”, rolling the car several times before it burst into flames. Foxx sprang into action and pulled the man from the vehicle where he was stuck.
“I’m not a hero,” Fox told reporters at the time, “but I had to do something.”
The driver was later “arrested for DUI,” according to authorities.