Clumsy on the screen, deft in real life. Rowan Atkinson, better known to the public for his interpretation of Mr. Bean, helped save a life last week during a horrific crash in Tuscany.
The British actor was part of a convoy of racing car enthusiasts who were driving their McLaren F1s through the Tuscan countryside.
At some point, between the towns of Saline di Volterra and Pomarance, one driver, a wealthy American businessman, lost control of his car, careened off the road and crashed into a tree.
Atkinson was one of the first to rush to the man’s aid, moving away the car's broken parts, and talking to the Italian police to describe what he saw. He was also photographed picking up pieces of wreckage from the car, which was completely destroyed.
The driver was injured and had to be transported by helicopter to the hospital in Pisa.
Atkinson is a fan of sports and racing cars and has often participated in the Mille Miglia race. The actor was involved in a similar accident with his McLaren F1 in 2011, when he lost control of the car, which smashed against a tree, catching fire.