Benicio Del Toro has come to the rescue of Penelope Cruz and her mother
after they all got stuck in an elevator at the Cannes Film Festival in
The OSCAR-winning actor saved the Spanish beauty and her mother ENCARNA
from being stranded in the lift after it suddenly shut down as they headed
towards a meeting at the Majestic Hotel, where Cruz is attending the film
festival to promote
A source says, "It was a very scary experience, the lift stopped and no
one knew what had happened.
"Penelope was pretty calm but her mother is claustrophobic and really
"Benicio managed to get them both out of the lift single-handedly even
though they were stuck between two floors.
"He has amazing upper-body strength and lifted Penelope out of the top of
the lift like she was a doll."
Del Toro adds, "It was pretty hairy but I only did what any other man
would do. I was glad to be able to help out."