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Emilio Estevez’ birthday
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Happy birthday to Mr. Emilio Estevez,
54 years completed today.
Emilio Estevez was born in the New York City borough of Staten Island on May 12, 1962. Six years later, his father, actor Martin Sheen, moved the family to Malibu, California, where Estevez grew up with future actors Rob Lowe and Sean Penn. Estevez took an interest in his father’s business at a young age, and he and his friends made short films together, often written by Estevez. At age 7, he submitted a script to Rod Serling’s TV series „Night Gallery”, which was turned down.
To feel that he was making his way in Hollywood on his own, the burgeoning actor chose to retain his given name (brother Carlos Estevez rose to fame as Charlie Sheen). However, he was helped with minuscule parts in the 1973 movie „Badlands” and the 1979 film „Apocalypse Now” (1979), both of which starred his father.
In 1982, Estevez caught his big break with a role in Tex, a film adaptation of an S.E. Hinton book. The following year, he appeared in another Hinton adaptation, „The Outsiders”. Loaded with such young up-and-comers as Matt Dillon, Patrick Swayze, Tom Cruise and Ralph Macchio, „The Outsiders” became a cult classic and put nearly every major actor involved on the Hollywood map. Hitting his stride, Estevez landed a starring role in the 1984 film „Repo Man”. That year he and girlfriend Carey Salley became parents with the birth of their son, Taylor Levi. Two years later, they had a daughter, Paloma Rae.
Estevez became a legitimate star following the release of „The Breakfast Club” in 1985. Helmed by the then-ubiquitous John Hughes, the film was a smash hit and a high-water mark of 1980s teen fare. Coming on the heels of his punk antihero in „Repo Man”, Estevez’s portrayal of a high school jock in „The Breakfast Club” showed the range of his talent. It was also one of the performances that marked his inclusion in the “Brat Pack,” a group of young actors that included Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson and Andrew McCarthy.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Estevez tried his hand at comedy with several films, including „Stakeout” (1987) and „Men at Work” (1990). He starred in the family-friendly „The Mighty Ducks” (1992) and its sequels, playing the coach of an ice hockey team. In 1992, he married pop singer Paula Abdul, but the union ended in divorce just two years later.
In the early 2000s, Estevez spent more time behind the camera, directing episodes of such shows as „Cold Case”, „CSI: NY” and „Close to Home”. Estevez also wrote, directed and produced the film „Bobby” (2006), a look at the assassination of Robert Kennedy, and „The Way” (2010), a drama starring his father. Both films received critical accolades and offered promise for Estevez’s future as a writer-director.
Seven friends fresh out of college and in their mid-20’s find themselves struggling with real-life issues such as breaking away from an over-bearing family, getting married, raising children, finding a career, finding love and creating an identity, all while trying to maintain a tight-knit friendship with one another as they booze it up at „St. Elmo’s,” a bar that perhaps served as the grandfather to the coffee shop in „Friends” or even the pub in „How I Met Your Mother.” They laugh, they fight, they learn, and by the end of the flick, things have changed, but their „fire” has remained.
You might recognize three stars of „The Breakfast Club” – Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy and Emilio Estevez who have magically turned into college grads, and alongside Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Rob Lowe and Mare Winningham, round out the solid cast of „St. Elmo’s Fire.” A good decade before bringing a perfectly good „Batman” franchise to its knees, writer/director Joel Schumacher did what few films could do with the „Brat Pack” in tow.
That is, he created a film that dared to be over-dramatic and dared to touch upon the ugliness of growing up long after the security of school and family has faded. While some characters and their stories are questionable, the little stories that make up their day-to-day life are, for the most part, stuff that everyone goes through, and none of the actors seem ashamed to look ridiculous in portraying the selfish, the immature and the inexperienced. For the most part, the characters feel real, and that’s why the film works as well as it does.
Perhaps it’s a little too over-dramatic and self-indulgent for its own good, but maybe that’s the point. All seven characters are colorful, albeit, horribly flawed human beings, and it shows in the most awkward and endearing moments of the film. You may not understand their decisions or why they choose to bring so much drama down on themselves, but you’ll at least relate to it in one way or another.
How you interpret and appreciate the film rests both in your position in life and whether or not you can recognize the biggest flaws in yourself. It’s a film that will speak volumes to anyone fresh out of college, in their 20’s or with the hindsight to realize how silly and self-made much of the drama in their life has been.
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