Martin Sheen: Charlie is “emotionally crippled.”

Actor Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez have been promoting The Way, a film in which the elder actor is directed by his son.

In an interview with The Telegraph, the question of son Charlie Sheen (aka the elephant in the room) is raised.

Martin Sheen, who acknowledges his own breakdowns earlier in his career, says: “Addiction is the dark side. It’s a reflection of despair. And it’s fed by all the other negativity.”

But does Charlie listen to his father?

“Every now and then,” Sheen says. “Depends on whether it’s a moment of clarity for him. I can’t determine that for him. You know, Charlie’s 45 years old. He’s not a kid. Emotionally he still is. Because when you’re addicted, you don’t grow emotionally. So when you get clean and sober you’re starting at the moment you started using drugs or alcohol. You’re emotionally crippled.

‘”But I know what hell he’s living in. I’ve had psychotic episodes in public. One of them was on camera – the opening scene of Apocalypse Now. So I know what Charlie is going through. And when you do something like that, that is out of control, that’s the most difficult thing. You have to have courage.”

Estevez points out that all four children were “raised under the same roof” in Malibu on the California coast.

“We all had the same set of rules,” he says. “So it really gives credence to this theory that it is genetic, and that sometimes it skips either a generation or siblings. My mother doesn’t drink. My other brother hasn’t had a drink in over 10 years, my dad hasn’t had a drink in 20. And I make wine.”

This week some media reports suggest CBS boss Les Moonves is interested in Sheen returning to Two and a Half Men.

Source: Telegraph


  1. um this site is the best i really only bother to come here so David keep up the awsome work 🙂 as for sheen well i think we are all expecting the train to derail soon. very sad though.

  2. casting couch

    That was only a story going around about Charlie being wanted back on the show by Les Moonves and CBS. There is “no chance” he’ll be back.

    And besides, Warner Bros. were the ones who actually hired and fired Chuckles the Clown.

  3. snapper jack

    good on you david. we appreciate what you do which is why we keep coming back (and don’t bother with other sites cause they arent worth it Mucho). I get all the tv news I need right here.

  4. @Bernadette: +1

    David, ignore the whiners, there are many more readers here – like myself – that find your blog interesting and informative. So “thanks” from us.

  5. “So it really gives credence to this theory that it is genetic” – pfft whether it is genetic or not the personal choice to get involved with drugs / alcohol / shooting girlfriends was Charlie’s.

    They seem to like pulling out the excuses in this family.

    Pssst David, if you ever did want staff, I’d be happy to send in a cv 🙂

  6. @Mucho

    And? Your point is?

    Not that David needs me to step in for him as he’s perfectly capable of defending himself but some of us don’t have the time (or interest) to scour the net for entertainment news and I for one am thrilled that there’s a site like this which selects the stuff that’s relevant to me in Australia so I don’t have to sift through all the garbage out there. If it sometimes comes to me a little late I don’t care – it’s not as if this information were time sensitive.

    TV Tonight is a great service/resource, thanks David.

    • Mucho: Telegraph published it on 21/3. Hollywood Reporter published it today as I have. I certainly didn’t claim this was any kind of Exclusive. I have only ever professed to be one set of eyes and I think many people forget the site is a personal blog, as noted on my About page. Should I hire a team and introduce a subscription fee like many other media? Perhaps. Frankly readers can’t really have it both ways. I write about issues that connect with me as an observer and I would hope connect with readers as a result. If the site is not to your standard that’s a decision for you to make, I’m afraid.

  7. Armchair Analyst

    That is so right not speaking from experience here but its so true when you abuse alcohol, drugs or prescription medication it definitely has negative consequences especially when the brain is the victim, the brain being the most important organ in the body and the heart. So as soon as you start messing with your brain mental or emotional growth is stunted. However the real question is why? Is life so bad for Charlie that drugs are the only option surely it cant be that bad, then again.

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