Hollywood action man Tom Hardy won praise after reports that he had singlehandedly apprehended a moped passenger who attempted to escape the scene of a crash.
But it appears that witnesses might have confused fact and fiction as a woman has claimed that she was the real hero - and Mr Hardy was not even there.
The Mad Max actor was reported to have apprehended an alleged teenage moped thief after he attempted to make off from the scene of a crash.
Impressed witnesses said Mr Hardy had "switched to superhero mode", chasing the youth and grabbing him by the scruff of the neck before dragging him back to police.
But a woman has come forward to claim that it was her heroic actions which meant the 16-year-old did not get away.
Engineer Carly Holder, 35, told the Mail on Sunday that the situation was "pretty shabby".
She added: "It was me who chased the boy and hauled him back to the scene. I’m not seeking plaudits, but I would like Hardy to admit it wasn’t him."
The boy had been riding pillion on the moped and ran away after it collided with a car in Richmond, south west London, where the actor lives.
The moped's driver suffered a broken leg in the crash. Both boys were arrested on suspicion of theft.
Ms Holder said she had been with her partner at nearby pub The Red Cow when she witnessed the crash.
She said: "No one who was there saw Hardy. I made the arrest. The police spoke to me afterwards and thanked me for it.
"Just before the crash, we had gone to the tables outside that overlook the crossroads. Two youths on a moped roared up and ran a red light. They smashed into an Audi coming up to the junction. Both catapulted 4ft into the air."
She added: "One of the boys from the moped ran off down an alleyway. I didn’t stop to think, I just ran after him yelling, 'Stop!'
"Looking back, it sounds rash. For all I knew he may have had a knife or a gun. But my instinct was to give chase.
"After about 150 yards, I lunged at him and grabbed his collar. He was screaming and struggling but I was behind him and I just wasn’t giving up."
She said she "marched" the boy back to the pub, where the police arrested him.
Ms Holder added that reports that Mr Hardy might become James Bond in light of the incident were "rather galling".
Mr Hardy has never claimed credit for the arrest, and the Metropolitan Police simply said a "member of the public" had assisted.
His representative did not respond to a request for comment.