Saturday, October 01, 2011

Emilio Estevez Works As Quietly... As His Younger Brother Charlie Sheen Lives Loud
by Janet Lawler
October 1, 2011

Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen

We all know Charlie Sheen. We know Charlie for his tiger blood, winning days and losing ones of late. Charlie made Wall Street and Platoon. He also made the hit TV show Two and a Half Men and was paid more than any working actor on TV... until he imploded in the media.

Emilio Estevez, his big brother, and the eldest child of actor Martin Sheen, has also had success in movies. Emilio starred in Outsiders, The Breakfast Club, St. Elmo's Fire, Young Guns and The Mighty Ducks. He's written and directed movies as well -- like Bobby -- and don't forget he was part of the Brat Pack and dated Demi Moore, long before Ashton came along. (Wow, the Sheen family must really love this guy for always picking up where they leave off.)

Emilio, writer and director The Way (2011)

Nowadays, Emilio seems to have found his passion on the page and behind the camera. His days are busy writing and directing movies. On October 7th, his new movie The Way opens nationwide. His dad stars in it. Martin Sheen plays Tom, an American doctor who comes to St. Jean Pied de Port, France to collect the remains of his adult son (played by Emilio Estevez), killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking the Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way of Saint James. Rather than return home, Tom decides to embark on the historical pilgrimage to honor his son's desire to finish the journey.

Maybe you've heard about this new movie -- but, chances are you haven't. Emilio doesn't make splashy headlines like his brother. He's not big on the metaphors and soundbites. He doesn't seem to be on the same wild guy journey as Charlie, but he still wants to reach an audience. His audience. Emilio's ways are lower key.

Martin Sheen in The Way

I'll go The Way when it comes out next week. It looks like a beautiful movie about a father reconnecting with his dead son, filmed in France and Spain. I love Martin Sheen. He's not only a great actor, but a good Catholic always championing for the poor, an activist, an Irish lad (and Spanish), and has made some helluva movies Apocalypse Now and the TV show West Wing.

Brothers Emilio and Charlie with dad Martin

This is a talented family with lots to say, on camera and off. Emilio's voice, however, is not his brother's nor his father's. It's his own. He's got his own style and journey to share on screen. Sometimes it's the quiet ones in the family who have the most to say.
Until next time.

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