James ‘P.J.’ Ransone Becomes A Hero

April 5th, 2006 // 11 Comments

We applaud actor James P.J. Ransome for stepping up to the plate and coming to a woman’s rescue to prevent her from being raped. However, we learn from his recapping of events, that actors always go into “actor mode” when recapping themselves doing anything meaningful. So what did Mr. Ransome do when he heard muffled cries for help? He leapt into action.

“There was something in her voice,” he relates. So he grabbed a broomstick which he later dropped for a metal bar, called 911 and ran downstairs “in my pajama bottoms – no shoes, no socks and no shirt,” Ransone says.

He got to the vestibule in the nick of time. “There was this Hispanic guy in a blue sweatshirt choking my neighbor and pulling his [sex organ] out,” he told Page Six’s Lisa Marsh. “I pictured my mom, my girlfriend and every girl I’ve ever loved and thought, ‘Vengeance is mine.’ ”

The would-be rapist took off on Eldridge Street with Ransone – who at a slim 5-foot-9 is not exactly physically threatening – chasing after him.

“I looked north and south and saw him running,” Ransone recalls. As he ran after the attacker, he passed a friend walking his dog and called for him to join in the chase. “I screamed, ‘Follow me! This girl almost got raped!’ ”

Ransone caught up with the assailant as he entered a building on Allen Street. He broke a glass door to get at the perp and then cracked 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,” Ransone says. “He mimed taking out a gun and said, ‘Do you want to go to jail?’ – and made a bee-line for the door.

“I cried, ‘I’m not done with you yet’ and kept swinging,” Ransone says. Then the cops arrived and the attacker disappeared into the building. An arrest is expected soon.

“All of my friends would have done the same thing, but nobody else in my building came out,” the actor says, adding, “I did what anybody would have done.”

The police were so impressed with Ransone, they tried to recruit him: “They told me I could still go on auditions during the day and work nights.”

Does the thought, “vengeance is mine” really go through anyone’s head? I’m assuming that Ransome was reading a script for the remake of Adam-12, right before he came to the woman’s rescue.

‘Inside’ Star Foils Rape Try [Page Six]

By Miu von Furstenberg

  1. tocutetoscoot

    You go Ransone! I think it is awesome that he sprung into action, period. I dont give a crap if he goes into actor mode explaining it at least the guy actually did something. The majority of people who will post a comment on this event would not even have thought about getting involved, let alone chasing that trifiling piece of hot dog s@#* anywhere. He has a lot of Karma tickets to cash in for that one.
    Good on ya James!

  2. Did anyone else see this guy jerk off then kill his grandparents in Ken Park?

  3. King Smart Ian

    Helpful parsing:
    1. “There was something in her voice” – Perhaps the fact that she was screaming “RAPE!!!”?
    2. “..and pulling his sex organ out” – Out of his pants or out of his body?
    3. “I pictured my mom, my girlfriend and every girl I’ve ever loved” – that makes a total of 1.
    4. “Vengeance is mine!” – collect comic books, do we?
    5. “I screamed “Follow me, this girl almost got raped” – real men shout, slightly built actors scream.
    6. “He mimed taking out a gun” – but it wasn’t convincing. I mean, it didn’t make me believe. There was no craft.
    7. “I’m not done with you yet”! – Ibid #4

  4. C

    I don’t care how he sounded, if he screamed, if he said some corny stuff – we should all be applauding his action. Rape is one of the worst crimes and for someone that is actually kind of scrawny looking to go after the rapist speaks highly of his character. Other men might have not done as much or anything at all. You go P.J.! Thank you!

  5. Sam

    I think what Ransone did is commendable, and honestly, I don’t think you should portray itnegatively in even the most minor sense. Sure, poke fun at him, but don’t take away from what he did.

    Sure, he was dramatic, but when was the last time you saw an actor who wasn’t? And WHEN was the last time you saw an ACTOR do something courageous like that?

    Finally, “vengeance is mine” is a perfectly normal thought to have when you are about to beat some perps ass. When was the last time YOU were in that kind of situation? So how would you know what someone would or wouldn’t think?

  6. terk

    I have to say I truly don’t care what he said or thought or in what way he did or thought it–and I’m sure the potential rape victim doesn’t either. He may be skinny but he’s got some balls, unlike a lot of people. Anybody heard of Kitty Genovese?

  7. Steph

    I have to admit that I laughed at that post, but bravo for this guy. I applaud him for his actions. I liked that he went after him after foiling the attempt. Most pple wouldn’t have done that. I’m sure he’s had his share of gfs. This totally makes him f-kable in my book.

  8. NotOkay

    PJ is my pal! I can’t believe I’m hearing about this 1st on SL! I need to buy that boy a drink.

  9. las

    I don’t know who he is, and I don’t care. I just know that I’m applauding him as hard as my hands will let me. It’s nice that even put in corny language, a little geek guy can deal with a rapist like that.

    With all the Parises and Toms of the world, it’s nice to be reminded that celebs, even D-listers, can do some really great stuff.

  10. symelanguage

    He’s a hot sexy selfless little angel. Man oh man he’s hot! See him in Inside Man and A Dirty Shame and you’ll see what I mean. I still have to see Ken Park.

  11. badoodie

    He was fucking awesome in The Wire on HBO.

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