John Malkovich helps Ohio tourist hurt in Canada

Actor John Malkovich speaks with media at the King Edward Hotel in Toronto to promote his new role as Casanova in The Giacomo Variations, on Thursday, June 6, 2013. The show runs June 7-9. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Galit Rodan)
Actor John Malkovich speaks with media at the King Edward Hotel in Toronto to promote his new role as Casanova in The Giacomo Variations, on Thursday, June 6, 2013. The show runs June 7-9. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Galit Rodan)

DEFIANCE, Ohio (AP) — A tourist from northwest Ohio says actor John Malkovich played a starring role in rescuing him when he fell and gashed his throat on scaffolding in Canada.

Seventy-seven-year-old Jim Walpole of Defiance fell Thursday in Toronto while on a trans-Canadian trip.

Walpole tells the Toronto Star that Malkovich, who was appearing at a local theater, applied pressure to slow the bleeding until medics arrived. The injury required 10 stitches.

Ben Quinn, whose family owns a restaurant nearby, held Walpole’s head. He said by phone Monday that Malkovich “had everything under control” quickly, didn’t want attention and called later to check on Walpole.

A message seeking an update was left for Walpole on Monday. Representatives for Malkovich did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

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