That the recently released movie The Way was a family affair isn’t news; written, directed, and produced by Emilio Estevez, the movie— about a pilgrimage along Spain’s storied El Camino de Santiago—stars Estevez’s father, Martin Sheen, who discussed the film and its making with Matthew A. Rarey in this interview from CWR’s November issue.
Interestingly, it seems that Martin Sheen’s troubled younger son, Charlie Sheen, was also involved in making the film a reality, as Sheen the Elder explains in an interview with the UK’s Catholic Herald:
“At a critical point”, [Martin] said, when they did not have enough money to re-cut the film for the US market, Charlie “came through with the dough for it, and we’re deeply indebted to him for that. He’s one of our biggest supporters in this film, and we couldn’t have done it without him.”
He added: “I think that that should be known about him along with everything else.”
The “everything else” referenced above is, of course, Charlie Sheen’s well-known drug and alcohol problems, legal skirmishes—both professional and personal—and womanizing.
In the interview, his father Martin said that Charlie was “travelling a slightly different road from some of us – he’s on a different Camino, let’s say”, adding: “But we’re all pilgrims, after all, and his journey is not over yet.”