Delaware News

Actor Estevez to film during Jug Week

Monday September 16, 2013 9:18 AM

Officials at the Little Brown Jug have learned that actor-director Emilio Estevez will be at the Delaware County Fairgrounds during Jug week to shoot portions of his new motion picture, Johnny Longshot.

The full-length movie about harness racing will star Estevez, playing the lead character, John West, who, after a career as a thoroughbred jockey, turns his sights to standardbred racing.

Estevez, 50, has a long list of film credits, including The Mighty Ducks, The Breakfast Club and Young Guns.

He is a lifelong fan of horse racing, thanks, in part, to his father, actor Martin Sheen.

"I've been a racing fan my whole life," he said. "My dad used to take me to the track when I was a kid, and then I became a fan on my own."

The film is expected to be released in 2014.

This will be the second film shot at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. In 1996, the Harness Racing Hall of Fame and Museum used the Jug as a backdrop for a short film that was used in its facility in Goshen, N.Y.

- Melissa Dilley