Starring in The Mighty Ducks and two of its sequels later, Emilio Estevez, served as the main character and brilliantly did so. Reprising his role for season one of The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers, he is reportedly walking away from the series.
Deadline obtained exclusive information stating the show must go on without Gordon Bombay. Nellie Andreeva from the news outlet learned Emilio Estevez will not star in the second season on Disney+. Apparently, this comes from a dispute involving Estevez and the show’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement.
“I hear Disney Television Studios’ ABC Signature, which produces the hockey-themed sequel series, made the decision not to pick up Estevez’s option for Season 2 after weeks of back and forth with his team over the show’s Covid vaccination requirement,” Andreeva stated.
Like many franchises now, the Disney series adopted a mandatory vaccination policy for the cast and crew in Zone A. For reference, Zone A includes all actors and crew members who come into contact with one another. Hollywood studios and major unions included this option for the recent Return-to-Work agreement between them.
Deadline sources state Estevez’s representatives couldn’t give assurance he would abide by this policy. The two parties refused to budge from their stance as writers scripted season 2, so they adjusted it to be able to continue without his character. Additionally, sources even closer to Estevez claim creative differences contributed to him leaving as well.
While details are currently vague, it doesn’t look like we’ll be seeing Gordon Bombay next season.
Emilio Estevez Had No Idea How To Skate While Trying For His ‘The Mighty Ducks’ Movie Role
Considering The Mighty Ducks is a movie centered around skating, you would think Emilio Estevez would be good at it, right? Not necessarily. In fact, according to him, he had no idea how to before scoring the part.
Speaking to Kelly Clarkson, Estevez joked about being great at hockey but then went on to admit he didn’t even know how to skate. “So, of course, when I met the directors and the producers of the film, they asked, ‘Have you skated?’ And I said, ‘Oh absolutely, no problem.’ But I was terrified. They told us that they would put together a skating camp in Minnesota. And I’d be in it along with the rest of the kids,” said Estevez.
What was his solution? Train himself and hope he doesn’t fail miserably. “So I thought, ‘Well, if I get there and I don’t know how to skate, they’re going to tease me and I’ll never hear the end of it.’ So, for three weeks before I went to Minnesota, I trained and learned how to skate at least so that I didn’t fall and make a fool of myself.”
All’s well that ends well right? “They still made fun of me,” said Estevez laughing.