The incident happened during the production of the iconic Vietnam war epic “Apocalypse Now” in the Philippines, where Estevez’s father, Martin Sheen, played the lead role of U.S. Army Captain Benjamin Willard, and Fishburne had a supporting role.
According to Estevez, he and Fishburne went out on a little boat together and started getting too close to the shore. Estevez decided to jump out to push the boat offshore, but he ended up sinking in quicksand mud.
Fishburne, without hesitation, offered his hand and pulled him back onto the boat, saving his life. Estevez added that the incident bonded them together forever.
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Interestingly, Sheen was never told about his son’s near-death experience until many years later. When he finally found out, Sheen immediately reached out to Fishburne to thank him for saving his son’s life.
It is worth noting that Sheen often made it a priority to have his family with him during film productions, especially if the location was remote and required an extended stay.
This was the case during the filming of “Apocalypse Now,” which was plagued with numerous issues, including Sheen’s near-fatal heart attack at the age of 36.
The heartwarming story of Fishburne’s heroic act was shared during an interview on “The Jennifer Hudson Show” with both Sheen and Estevez. It’s a testament to the bond that can be created between individuals, even in the most unexpected circumstances.
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