Emilio Estevez, the actor, writer, and director, recently opened up about a life-changing moment in his teenage years when Laurence Fishburne saved him from drowning. Estevez, best known for his role in “The Breakfast Club” and the “Mighty Ducks” franchise, shared the story during an appearance on “The Kelly Clarkson Show.”
According to Estevez, the incident occurred when he was 14 years old and was swimming in the ocean with some friends. He had ventured too far out and was struggling to stay afloat when Fishburne, who was 12 at the time, came to his rescue. Fishburne, already an experienced swimmer, helped Estevez back to shore.
Estevez went on to explain that the incident had a profound impact on him and that he and Fishburne had remained close friends ever since. He also credited Fishburne with being a significant influence on his acting career, saying that Fishburne’s performances in “Apocalypse Now” and “Boyz n the Hood” had inspired him.
Estevez’s appearance on “The Kelly Clarkson Show” was to promote his latest project, “The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers,” a reboot of the popular ’90s franchise. The series premiered on Disney+ earlier this year and features Estevez reprising his role as Coach Gordon Bombay.
Estevez’s story about Fishburne highlights the enduring nature of certain friendships and the impact that a single act of kindness can have on someone’s life. It’s a reminder that even the smallest gestures can make a significant difference and that we should always be ready to help those in need.