How Harrison Ford + 12 more sci-fi stars were heroes in real life

Usually we see our favorite sci-fi stars at work battling zombies, robots, vampires, orcs and even Predators, but sometimes their heroics cross over into real life.

Though they're best known for pretending to be heroes, some stars have managed to be just as brave when the cameras are off, whether they're saving drowning people, helping injured accident victims or even pulling a family from a burning car. So, from Indy to Batman to Katniss Everdeen, here are true stories of sci-fi stars who've saved the day in real life.

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    Harrison FordImagine being rescued by Indiana Jones himself. That's what happened to a pair of hikers when they were stranded near Ford's Wyoming home. Local authorities asked Ford if they could use his private helicopter (oh yeah, he's got one of those) for a rescue, and Ford wound up flying the hikers to safety himself. 

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    Armie HammerWe haven't seen his big screen heroics unfold yet, but Hammer's already a hero in real life. The Lone Ranger star once pulled an elderly woman from her car after an accident at a busy Hollywood intersection. 

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    Johnny DeppApparently, Depp is so much of a hero onscreen that all he has to do in real life is show his face and he averts a bad situation. When a mugger tried to rob Depp and a friend, he stopped short when he recognized the Pirates star, reportedly saying "I ain't stealing from Captain Jack." That's a nice power to have.

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    Brad PittPitt might be the only person alive to save someone from zombies in reality. Well...almost. While filming a huge crowd scene for World War Z in Scotland, Pitt saw a woman fall amid hundreds of running zombie extras and came to the rescue. Pitt scooped her up from the crowd to save her from being trampled, then went back to filming. 

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    Zoe SaldanaThe Star Trek star did some heroic stuff off the Enterprise bridge when she stopped to help an elderly woman involved in a car crash. Saldana helped the woman out of her car, retrieved her belongings and stayed with her until paramedics arrived.

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    Ryan KwantenOn True Blood, Kwanten often winds up the victim of the shenanigans of other characters, but in real life he's actual risen to heroic status. Kwanten once stopped to help an injured man in the middle of a busy street, and stayed with him until more help arrived.

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    Christian BaleHe might be done playing Batman, but he's not done helping the innocent. In the days following the Colorado movie theater shooting that killed 12 people during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises, Bale put aside promoting the movie internationally and flew in to be with the victims and their families. 

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    Gerard Butler: The 300 star once dove into the water to rescue a drowning boy, and apparently he's got a Certificate of Bravery from the Royal Humane Society to prove it.

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    Arnold SchwarzeneggerMost of his heroics involve time travel or alien killers, but one time Arnold also managed to save a real-life drowning man. While vacationing with his family, then-Governor Schwarzenegger noticed a man who was struggling in the ocean. Schwarzenegger swam out to the man, who turned out to be suffering from crippling muscle cramps, and brought him back in to shore. 

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    Vin DieselThe Chronicles of Riddick star was riding his motorcycle down a Hollywood street one day when a car in front of him crashed and caught fire. Diesel ran to the car, pulled two kids out of the backseat and then helped the driver to safety, just moments before the entire vehicle burst into flames. 

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    Jennifer Lawrence: Lawrence is one of the world's fastest-rising movie stars, but that doesn't stop her from lending a helping hand. When a woman passed out in front of her California home, Lawrence rushed to her aid and stayed with her until paramedics arrived.

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    Viggo MortensenOn screen he's best known for helping save all of Middle-earth, but off screen he's a hero too. On the set of Hidalgo, Mortensen once saved co-star Zuleikha Robinson from being trampled by a runaway horse.

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    Tom CruiseCruise is famous for insisting on doing his own stunts in his action blockbusters, but it seems that's not enough action for him. Cruise once went to the aid of a woman who was injured in a hit-and-run accident, then paid her $7,000 hospital bill when he found out she didn't have insurance. Then, at one of his movie premieres, he rescued two young fans who were in danger of being crushed against a fence by the crowd. But that's not all. Once, while on a yacht, he also rescued a group of people stranded on a burning boat.

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