Brave Rescues by Six Movie Stars

June 4, 2018

Benedict Cumberbatch acted heroically in London over the weekend; the Doctor Strange star reportedly saved a bicyclist who was being attacked by a group of muggers. Apparently, Benedict was riding in an Uber with his wife when all of a sudden they saw a food-delivery cyclist under siege. Reports say attackers were punching the bike rider and smashing a bottle over his head.

In the Uber driver’s own words, “I went to turn down into Marylebone High Street, and we saw four guys were pushing around a Deliveroo cyclist. My passenger jumped out, ran over, and pulled the men away. They turned towards him, and things looked like [they were] getting worse, so I joined in. He stood there instructing them in the street, shouting, ‘Leave him alone.’”

It was only then that the Uber driver recognized the movie star. “I had hold of one lad and Benedict another. He seemed to know exactly what he was doing. He was very brave … He did most of it, to be honest. They tried to hit him, but he defended himself and pushed them away,” he said.

Ironically, the 41-year-old actor happened to be performing this heroic act just around the corner from Baker Street which is the fictional home of the actor’s Sherlock Holmes character.

It appears that Cumberbatch’s good deed paid off because the gang fled, and the bloodied cyclist did not sustain serious injuries.

But Benedict is not the first actor to be caught being heroic during his or her free time. Here are other movie stars who are credited with brave emergency responses.

Tom Cruise is known for his outrageous movie stunt work, but in real life he’s pulled some gallant stunts of his own. One rainy night in Santa Monica, Cruise witnessed a hit-and-run accident in which a young aspiring actress was left with a broken leg and bruised ribs. Cruise sprang into action by calling the paramedics, and he remained by the victim’s side, following her to the emergency room. When he learned she was uninsured, he paid $7,000 worth of her medical bills.

Likewise, once while chilling on his yacht in the Mediterranean off the island of Capri, Tom noticed a sinking sailboat in flames and a nearby rubber raft holding five people. The Mission Impossible star immediately sent his yacht’s skiff to the victims, and from there, they were pulled to the safety of his yacht. Once safe, they watched their sailboat sink.

In 2016, Jamie Foxx rescued a 32-year-old man who was trapped in a fiery pickup truck in unincorporated Ventura County. After a drunken crash, the pickup truck repeatedly rolled off the road and into a ditch. Foxx lived nearby and heard the crash. He dashed over to the dangerous scene and, together with an off-duty paramedic, the star pulled the man out of the vehicle in the knick of time. Indeed, Foxx said, “Within five seconds” the truck went up in flames. “I don’t look at it as heroic. I just look at it like, you know, you just had to do something. And it all just worked out,” the Amazing Spider-Man 2 star said.

In 2001, Harrison Ford flew his helicopter on the outskirts of Yellowstone National Park searching for a missing Boy Scout who was lost in the heavy rain. After a two-hour search, the Raiders of the Lost Ark star, along with another searcher, spotted the 13 year old who was then brought to safety. The previous year, Ford had rescued a hiker in Idaho Falls who was stranded at the top of a mountain suffering from altitude sickness and dehydration. 

In 2011, Kate Winslet was visiting Richard Branson’s private Necker Island home when a lightning bolt suddenly lit the house on fire at 4 a.m.. In the frightening state of confusion, the Titanic star jumped into action, helping to carry out Branson’s 90-year-old mother to safety.

In 2014, Clint Eastwood attended a party in Pebble Beach when he realized an attendee was choking on a piece of cheese. At the age of 83, the Dirty Harry star jumped into action, performed the Heimlich maneuver, and indeed saved his life. “I looked in his eyes and saw that look of panic people have when they see their life passing before their eyes,” Eastwood told reporters. It was the first time he’d ever used the life-saving technique.