Being a hero on screen is one thing, but being a hero in real life is quite another. It’s easy to look like a big shot when you’re acting and everything you say is taken from a script. It’s another thing entirely to actually step up to the plate in any given real life situation.
A lot of actors have it all, and are stuck in their own bubbles, seemingly not caring about the general public. Yet, there are some actors who feel responsible to help, to be kind, and to do whatever it takes in order to contribute to society (even if that means putting their own life on the line too).
Whether they are using their good fortune to give back to the community or are just simply being good citizens, actors are capable of saving lives, and many of them have done just that.
Here are the 15 Actors You Didn’t Know Were Real Life Heroes.
15. Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx is best known for his roles in Django Unchained, Ray, and the new Baby Driver movie. He has played the hero on screen before, but he’s also been a hero in real life. The event? Foxx saved a man from a burning vehicle once.
Brett Kyle was driving his car and going way too fast. After a sharp turn, he found himself stuck, as the car began rolling over and over again down into a ditch. Once the car came to a stop, it caught fire with Kyle still inside it.
Fortunately, the car accident happened right in front of Foxx’s house, and Foxx went into action. He ran outside and, without hesitation, cut the man lose and dragged him out of the car.
Thanks to Foxx, the man’s life was saved.
14. Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet is best known for her roles in Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and The Dressmaker. She’s secured herself an Oscar and is known as one of Hollywood’s best leading ladies.
In 2011, she was a guest at billionaire Richard Branson’s private island. While there, a tropical storm hit and, through a series of strange events, the mega-mansion caught on fire. There were over twenty people staying at Branson’s home, so of course there was a major panic.
One of the guests just happened to be Branson’s ninety-year-old mother who couldn’t walk on her own very well, let alone run. Instead of fleeing with the other guests, Kate Winslet picked her up and carried her out of the home, making sure to avoid the fire while also not hurting Branson’s mother.
Needless to say, the entire Branson family was extremely grateful.