Martin Sheen and son Emilio Estevez bring ‘The Way’ to Boston
Actors Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez (above, from left) have been in Boston for the past two days to promote their movie “The Way,’’ which stars Sheen as a grieving father who walks the El Camino de Santiago from France through Spain in place of his son. The movie, written and directed by Estevez, features Sheen in almost every scene. The father-son team has been traveling with the film since late August and will be on the road for about another month doing screenings and Q&As. Their cross-country publicity trek, which mimics their journey in the movie, has been a multigenerational ride, as Estevez’s son Taylor - who married a woman he met on the Camino trail - has also come along for the junket.
Estevez and Sheen told us that, yes, it’s been a bit too close for comfort at times, but the Sheens/Estevezes are used to being in each other’s faces. Sheen and Estevez live down the road from each other and have already worked together on a list of projects. (Sheen was in Estevez’s movie about Robert F. Kennedy, “Bobby,’’ and Estevez played a young Jed Bartlet on “The West Wing.’’)
We had to ask Sheen and Estevez, of course, about the other member of their family who’s been getting lots of attention over the past year. Estevez and Sheen say that in all of their Q&As with press and fans, only the East Coasters have asked about Charlie Sheen - and that could be because their tour stops on our side of the country coincided with this week’s premieres of “Two and a Half Men’’ and Charlie Sheen’s roast on Comedy Central. For the record, Estevez said Charlie has seen the heart-warming father-son film and that he’s cool with it. “He loves it,’’ Estevez told us. “The Way’’ hits theaters Oct. 7.