Move over Ryan Gosling; it's John Malkovich's turn to step into the celebrity rescue spotlight.

The 59-year-old actor, currently starring in "Giacomo Variations" at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto, was reportedly smoking a cigarette Thursday night when he saw a man trip and slice his throat on some scaffolding.

"I went out for a walk and just stumbled," 77-year-old Ohio-resident Jim Walpole told the Toronto Sun.

Malkovich immediately rushed to the man's side, applying pressure to his neck to stem the flow of blood using his scarf, and waiting with two others until an ambulance arrived.

"I asked, 'What's your name?' He said, 'John.' And I didn't ask the last name 'cause I didn't figure I'd remember it anyhow," Walpole told, adding that the actor "took over just like a doctor."

Walpole, who after 10 stiches to his neck will make a full recovery, thanked his three rescuers for their assistance — but he focused special praise on one in particular. "John Malkovich saved my life," he said.

In response, Malkovich told CTV, "Any citizen would do the same thing, it's nothing special."

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John Malkovich comes to aid of bleeding man in Toronto
Actor rushed to the side of a 77-year-old man after he saw him trip and slash his throat on some scaffolding.