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Tom Hanks takes over during mid-show medical emergency, uses improvisation skills to entertain a restless crowd

When an audience member fell unconscious during Tom Hanks’ performance of Shakespeare’s Henry IV in Los Angeles, the actor quickly used his masterful improvisation skills to entertain a restless crowd as a medical team attempted to give first aid.

hollywood Updated: Jun 17, 2018 09:01 IST
Indo Asian News Service, Los Angeles
Tom Hanks,Shakespeare’s Henry IV,Tom Hanks Shakespeare’s Henry IV
Tom Hanks was portraying the character called Falstaff.(AP)

Tom Hanks has showed why he is one of the world’s best actors as he leaped into action when a theatregoer had a medical emergency during his performance of Shakespeare’s Henry IV.

The two-time Oscar winner used his masterful improvisation skills to entertain a restless crowd at the Veterans Affairs’ West Los Angeles campus when the audience member fell unconscious, reported.

He was sweating during Hanks’ performance, resulting in the play being halted as crew members with medical training attempted to give first aid. Paramedics arrived and began testing the patient, resulting in a 20-minute delay.

That’s when Hanks decided to take matters into his own hands. He kept the audience focused on him to allow the show’s crew, made up of military veterans with medical training, and later the paramedics, to treat the audience member without interruption.

“No intermission brew for you!” Hanks said, brandishing a sword while staying in character as Falstaff, reported.

Those who attempted to leave incurred his wrath, addressing the departing as the “scurvy rogues who stood up from their seats” and an “insult to all actors and to Shakespeare himself”.

Finally, the medical emergency was resolved and the show went on.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

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First Published: Jun 17, 2018 08:58 IST