You may not know Jonathan Goldsmith, but you undoubtedly know Dos Equis' Most Interesting Man In The World. The two, in fact, are the same person.
Goldsmith shot to fame in 2006 when his James Bond-like character started "living vicariously through himself," but in a recent interview with Esquire magazine, Goldsmith has unveiled his own overly interesting experiences. One of which, no big deal, involves saving a young girl's life.
"When I was 18, I started out at the Fresh Air Fund for kids in New York City, and it provided an opportunity for kids with disabilities to do all kinds of activities," Goldsmith, 75, said. "One of the things we dealt with were quite a lot of epileptic kids, and when you have to watch 100 kids playing in a pool, thrashing around, it takes a great deal of concentration to determine a child that's having a grand mal fit or a kid that's just playing."
"Years later, in Malibu, I watched a little girl play with all the kids, and something caught my eye. I just remember: This kid is going to die. She's drowning. But because I had been trained when I was 18 as a counselor, twenty years before the incident, I knew. I just instinctively reacted."
Think that's heroic? You ain't heard nothing yet.
"At that same camp, we took kids on an overnight camping trip," the now-legitimately Most Interesting Man In The World continued telling Esquire. "It sounded like a hardware store walking down the railroad tracks, all these braces. We had kids that had multiple dystrophy and epileptics and sickle cell anemics and amputees, crutches. And these kids were having a ball."
"And all of the sudden, I had this one kid, little bastard [laughs] would only take his epileptic medicine with apple sauce. Well, we didn't have apple sauce, so he wouldn't take his [laughs] f--kin' medicine. And sure enough, there's Nathan screaming at the sky, and he drops like a stone. And he was a serious epileptic. So we had to carry him back on the railroad tracks, and it was tough because they're spaced so I couldn't get a direct step, and my toe would hit the top of the railroad tie, my instep on the bottom. And to this day, I sometimes have to wear a night brace when I sleep, with ice and all the rest of it."
Someone should use these tales to sell beer, STAT.
For more with Goldsmith, head over to Esquire.com.
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