Chris Mintz-Plasse is not the Oregon hero; he is "McLovin." Army veteran Chris Mintz has been praised as a hero after he blocked gunshots during the deadly shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon Thursday, but he’s also being confused for an actor. Mintz-Plasse, who famously played McLovin in the comedy “Superbad,” responded to well-wishers who mistakenly wrote to him.
The actor took to Twitter to set the record straight Friday. “The heroic Chris Mintz who was shot yesterday is not me. All your tweets are so thoughtful and beautiful, please go find his loved ones,” the 26-year-old wrote. The tweet was liked and shared dozens of times by his 180,000 followers.
The message didn’t clear up the mix-up for some people, so Mintz-Plasse began to retweet the messages of concerned netizens. “This is so nice. Does anyone know the real Chris Mintz' Twitter handle?” he wrote to one person. “So much love for the real Chris Mintz,” he said to another. The “Superbad” star then shared the Oregon hero’s apparent Facebook page and Twitter account.
— Everytown (@Everytown) October 2, 2015
Mintz, the Oregon hero, wants the other injured victims to get well. "I just hope that everyone else is OK," he told ABC News Friday. "I'm just worried about everyone else.” He was shot seven times by suspected shooter Chris Harper Mercer. He broke both his legs, but is expected to recover.
To help pay for his medical bills, Mintz's cousin, Derek Bourgeois, created a GoFundMe page. Within the first hour of creation, the page had already raised half of its $10,000 goal. And by the end of the fourth hour, the $10,000 goal was shattered; 3,000 donors had contributed.
Many people are praising Mintz's heroism at the UCC campus Thursday. “I don't even want to know the name of the gunman who opened fire on UCC yesterday, as a matter of fact, I don't even want to know what he looks like,” contributor Janet Money wrote. “This lunatic was looking for his 15 minutes and I for one don't plan on giving it to him. Forget the Zero and Remember the Hero!”
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