A fantastic story of vigilantism, in the Boston Herald:
“Inside Man” co-star James “P.J.” Ransone didn’t have to think twice about taking on his latest real-life action role the other night when he rescued a woman from a would-be rapist outside his Big Apple apartment.
The 26-year-old actor was in his crib e-mailing a friend and brushing up on an audition script when he heard smothered screams for help, the New York Post reported yesterday.
“There was something in her voice,” Ransone said, that prompted him to grab a metal bar, call 911 and run downstairs “in my pajama bottoms – no shoes, no socks and no shirt.”
The “Inside Man”said he made it to the vestibule just in time to see “this Hispanic guy in a blue sweatshirt choking my neighbor and pulling his (genitalia) out. I pictured my mom, my girlfriend and every girl I’ve ever loved and thought, ‘Vengeance is mine.’ ”
The perp perv bolted down the street with the skinny Ransone in hot pursuit. When he caught up to the thug cowering inside a building, he broke a glass door to get in and whacked him on the back with the metal bar.
“I said, ‘You rapist piece of (bleep)’ and heard a crack when I hit his shoulder blade,” the one-time “CSI” actor recounted. The outlaw mimed drawing a gun and tried to escape.
“I cried, ‘I’m not done with you yet’ and kept swinging,” Ransone said. When the NYPD arrived on the scene, the attackerdisappeared into the building. An arrest is expected soon.
Although he thinks he may have bombed the audition for which he was studying, Ransone had a job offer from New York’s finest for his gallant performance.
“They told me I could still go on auditions during the day and work nights,” he told the Post, adding, “I don’t want any casting directors telling me I’m not tough enough.”