John Malkovich is character actor. He's a natural when it comes to switching roles. So when Malkovich found himself standing in front of a man bleeding profusely from his neck, he did what he does best. Malkovich switched into a new role: lifesaver.
Jim Walpole, a 77-year-old Ohio native, and Marilyn, his 79-year-old wife, were recently visiting Toronto, Ontario when something terrible happened. Jim tripped and slashed his neck on some scaffolding while they were walking on a busy Toronto street. The cut appeared serious and blood was starting to pool around Jim. "The way he was spurting I thought it was the carotid [artery] or the jugular [vein]," Marilyn, a retired nurse, told CBC News.
Malkovich was smoking a cigarette nearby and jumped to help. Malkovich, with assistance from two others, immediately started working to stop Walpole's bleeding. Malkovich used a towel to apply pressure to Walpole's wound while the Ohio couple waited for the ambulance. "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," Walpole told the Toronto Star.