In a bizarre story seemingly ripped from a Hollywood script, Oscar-nominated actor Dev Patel has reportedly broken up a knife fight in Adelaide. According to 7News, emergency services were called to the area, which Patel lives in with girlfriend Tilda Cobham-Hervey, on Monday night following reports of a fight. By all accounts, Patel and his friends witnessed the knife fight in progress outside a convenience store and stepped in. Turns out, that Green Knight chivalry is hard to shake.
English actor Dev Patel has witnessed a stabbing in Adelaide's CBD which left a man hospitalised.
The Slumdog Millionaire and Lion actor was questioned by police after the incident on Gouger Street last night. pic.twitter.com/nnsTZuvwrS
— 10 News First Adelaide (@10NewsFirstAdl) August 2, 2022
Importantly, there were no serious injuries reported, with a 32-year-old Glengowrie man treated at the scene for non-life-threatening stab wounds before being taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital. In a statement to Variety, Patel’s team verified the shocking situation, before advocating for greater media attention.
“We can confirm that last night, in Adelaide, Dev Patel and his friends witnessed a violent altercation that was already in progress outside of a convenience store,” the statement read. “Dev acted on his natural instinct to try and de-escalate the situation and break up the fight. The group was thankfully successful in doing so and they remained on site to ensure that the police and eventually the ambulance arrived. There are no heroes in this situation and sadly this specific incident highlights a larger systemic issue of marginalized members of society not being treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. The hope is that the same level of media attention this story is receiving (solely because Dev, as a famous person, was involved) can be a catalyst for lawmakers to be compassionate in determining long-term solutions to help not only the individuals who were involved but the community at large.”
Patel made his big screen debut in 2008’s Oscar winner for Best Picture, Slumdog Millionaire. He was nominated for an Academy Award in 2016 for his performance in Lion and last year he starred in David Lowery’s fantasy adaptation The Green Knight. Described as ‘John Wick in Mumbai’, Patel’s directorial debut Monkey Man is currently in post-production, with Netflix securing the worldwide rights for a reported USD $30 Million.
Speaking on the project, first-time filmmaker Patel said, “I’m so thrilled to be partnering with Netflix on this adventure. I hope this will be a fresh addition to the genre at a time in this industry where my story can become our story. Shooting a film during a pandemic has been quite challenging to say the least, but the opportunity to reimagine stories from my childhood and infuse them with my love of action cinema has been an absolute joy. Big love to Basil Iwanyk and Erica Lee for championing us from the very beginning and Aaron Gilbert and the team at Bron for giving an unproven filmmaker like myself a voice.”
Patel is also set to star opposite Benedict Cumberbatch and Ralph Fiennes in Wes Anderson’s The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, based on the book by Roald Dahl.