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.