Actor Patton Oswalt helped an ailing man, who was giving him a hard time on Twitter, pay for his medical bills.
The exchange between Oswalt, an Emmy Award winner, and Michael Beatty - a 64-year-old Vietnam veteran from Huntsville, Alabama - was sparked after the comedian posted a cheeky poem making fun of a Trump tweet about the now infamous wall. Beatty, who had just 11 followers at the time, responded by saying: “I just realized why I was so happy you died in Blade Trinity!"
I just realized why I was so happy you died in Blade Trinity!— Michael Beatty (@MichaelBeatty) January 24, 2019
He did not stop there and minutes later, he tweeted, “And you shoot basketball (like) the sawed off little man you are.”
The Secret Life of Pets 2 star, 49, who is known for his willingness to engage with Twitter trolls, jokingly retorted that he understood Beatty’s concern he might fall deeply in love with the actor if he saw “one more second” of him onscreen. The exchange might have simply ended there and then, but Oswalt decided to check out Beatty’s timeline.
“Aw, man. This dude just attacked me on Twitter and I joked back but then I looked at his timeline and he’s in a LOT of trouble health-wise. I’d be pissed off too. He’s been dealt some s--tty cards — let’s deal him some good ones. Click and donate — just like I’m about to,” Oswalt said.
The comedian, who has 4.45 million followers, also included a link to the Vietnam veteran’s fundraising page, which had only reached roughly $550 of the $5,000 he needed to pay for his medical bills after he was forced to spend two weeks in the hospital in December with sepsis and diabetic ketoacidosis. Within hours, the actor's fans had raised thousands of dollars for the serviceman.
Beatty was stunned beyond belief, thanking his benefactor for his kind deed. “Patton. You have humbled me to the point where I can barely compose my words,” he tweeted on Thursday. “You have caused me to take pause and reflect on how harmful words from my mouth could result in such an outpouring.”
“I want to thank everyone who came to my aid with generous outpourings - and also to @pattonoswalt without whom I would not be the recipient of so much love and support. I'm not a man who ever cries but I had to wait to send this,” he wrote in a Twitter post Thursday.
What a great way to end the day. If you want to pay this forward, maybe find a GoFundMe for a furloughed government worker who’s feeling the pinch? Or make a big-ass haul o’ goodies to your local food bank? Something? Anything? https://t.co/FSEowiBuyn— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) January 25, 2019
“See, THIS is why compassion and forgiveness are the best,” Oswalt replied after donating $2,000 himself.
Beatty admitted that he felt really “humbled” by such generosity. He said he hopes to catch Oswalt the next time the comedian performs in Alabama.