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TIFF Talk | Martin Sheen: “God forgive me for playing a Republican!”

TIFF Talk | Martin Sheen: "God forgive me for playing a Republican!"

Father and son duo Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez, together at TIFF to spread the word on Estevez’s “The Way,” got personal during a chat with Brian Brooks at the first edition of the ‘Live at the Lounge with indieWIRE’ series. When discussing the experience of collaborating with his son Sheen got visibly emotional. “To work with my son is sacramental, it’s deeply personal. It’s not possible to describe what he means to me. He’s my heart. So there.”

In Estevez’s film, Sheen plays Tom, an American doctor who flies out to St. Jean Pied de Port to collect the remains of his son who was killed in a storm while walking The Camino de Santiago. On a quest to understand his son better, Tom embarks on the historical pilgrimage.

Sheen described his character as being a very conservative type. (“God forgive me for playing a Republican!”) “In essence he becomes his son as he goes on this journey,” Seen said. “Gradually he comes to understand that we can only find ourselves through others.”

It was Sheen who intially approached his son about making a film centered on The Camino, explained Estevez. Seven years ago, Sheen had flown out to Ireland to celebrate his mother’s birthday, followed by a trip to Spain to walk the pilgrimage with Estevez’s son and good friend. “Martin came back from this experience in Spain and said lets do a movie about The Camino,” said Estevez. “Over a series of conversations we figured out what the story was going to be.”

Over the six-week shoot, Estevez said he stepped out of the way and let his father find the character. “I think he gives a performance I had nothing to do with,” Estevez said. “It’s a performance of such quiet dignity.”

Although the film had not had its world premiere at the time of this talk, Sheen became the talk of Toronto early this morning when news got around that he had joined the union workers on strike outside the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, where he and Estevez are both staying. Sheen, a national board member of the Screen Actors Guild, has been in the labor movement as a member for four different unions, and honorary of several others.

“I’m never comfortable unless I’m uncomfortable,” said Sheen, “and I was whole lot more comfortable on the picket line outside than I was inside the hotel.”

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Comments

W. Anthony

I enjoy watching how Republicans get angry with anyone who doesn’t buy into their hate filled anti-American, anti Christian ideology. The real KKK-ristian in them surfaces as soon as someone dare voice an opposing thought. Truth, love, beauty and honesty have the same effect on the KKKristian Reich Wing of the Republican party as a crucifix has on a demon. Fun to watch though. They are exposed to millions on a site like this…Normally they pretend to be self righteous, self proclaimed Christians. The spend years telling people that they only real Americans and the only real Christians. Then someone dare to publicly have an opinion that differs from theirs…and then WHAMO!.….Their true selves are revealed for all to see. They take on the appearance of their true father… Good work Mr. Sheen and Mr. Good work Mr. Esteves. The priests at my Catholic Church says it it one of the best pro-life films ever made. I can’t wait to see it. Congratulations! Thanks for all of today’s exorcisms on this blog…now only if these hate filled people would let their demons go from them and leave instead of clinging to them year after year! Like that will ever happen…but we can pray for them.

scoo

Wow, I’m conservative and didn’t know there were so many conservatives in the film world!

Dont’ like his views either, but no need to be rude and nasty about it!

scoo

Wow, I’m conservative and didn’t know there were so many conservatives in the film world!

Dont’ like his views either, but no need to be rude and nasty about it!

one who laughs at liberals

His son’s last movie attracted approximately 10 people and they were family. The dingbats beat their wives, get drunk, then arrested and then want to act superior to anyone that is conservative. And God did not forgive him for being a liberal asshole.

jl

@Elle, well it’s unfortunate that Sheen (“The American President” is one of my “recent” faves for him) brings politics into his job … when his job should be entertaining and being an actor. At least Sean Penn has learned to tone it down a bit. Seems like the political activism of actors is just a bit too much these days.

Elle

Here’s an idea: why not just discuss the movie and leave the smug, self righteous political shot out of it. Martin Sheen proves himself,again, to be just another leftwing Hollywood tool.

Dave

Ha, it’s hilarious that Martin Sheen actually thinks he is still a popular actor and people care what he thinks. What a washed-up tool.

Laurs1

And God forgive the decision to allow Martin Sheen to play a good man who’s Republican

MarkInSavannah

God forgive me if I ever decide to see this movie!

Think I’ll be safe.

jl

A bullet? Too easy. I’d rather send him to Iran, North Korea, or Venezula for a nice loooong vacation.

You're Dead

I think old Martin here needs a fucking bullet in the head.

You commie cunt. You’re fucking dead.

Alec J

I second Brian’s sentiments. I’m absolutely perplexed by all the invective. Martin came to our film festival a few years ago and he’s an absolute prince as a human. Regarding his accomplishments as an actor – anyone seen Badlands? Apocalypse Now? Classics. Relax people.

eve

My money won’t be going into anything this actor does. I will not support those who are anti Chrisitan and anti Country as this man is.

Randy

“Rather than spewing venom online, he stands by his views and lives his values”

Its easy to “stand by your values” when you have absolutely none to speak of. Myabe he ask God to forgive him, and his little bastard Charlie, for being such a popmous assholes. The only people in the world who have anything nice to say about either of these creeps either work for them or have never met them.

RIChris

Victoria, Martin Sheen meant to be disrepectful with his comment. Perhaps he should be the one reading the first line of your post.

Victoria Miller

How sad that people have allowed themselves to become so heartless and disrespectful towards one another, regardless of politics.

I have every respect and appreciation for Martin Sheen. Rather than spewing venom online, he stands by his views and lives his values. He’s a marvelous actor and a great human being.

Charlie Gibson

Martin Sheen? Never heard of him.

peteydee

Yes,only God can forgive you for playing a Republican,but I won’t forgive those who continue to support your films and your vacuous lifestyle

jm

a liberal will do anything for money

c . muse

Bravo! Congrats on your film!
We are fortunate to have such gifted and generous artists ( filmmakers and fine people) as Mr Sheen and his precious and prolific son, Emilio.
I have seen and i have talked with many people Mr Sheen and his son have helped. THey have done so quietly, without any press or praise. Perhaps if you folks ( those of you spewing such distain) knew of this you would open your heart a tad , see the film, and take a deep breath. Today (9/11) of all days .. don’t you think?
They have offered so much in so many ways. It is a shame those of you writing such nasty comments cant look past your political views and see what gifts they have brought and continue to bring to our lives. It is through art we find ourselves …
whats up with the anger kids! …
This film – from my understanding – is about love of family.. honor and integrity and understanding toward family.. isnt that what you republican folk stand for?
Enough said. I send you all much Aloha and wish you and your families well.
And congrats to Mr Estevez and Mr Sheen , cast and crew and clever distributor who was able to nab this film!
Be well and God Bless
Warmly
C

c . muse

Bravo! Congrats on your film!
We are fortunate to have such gifted and generous artists ( filmmakers and fine people) as Mr Sheen and his precious and prolific son, Emilio.
I have seen and i have talked with many people Mr Sheen and his son have helped. THey have done so quietly, without any press or praise. Perhaps if you folks ( those of you spewing such distain) knew of this you would open your heart a tad , see the film, and take a deep breath. Today (9/11) of all days .. don’t you think?
They have offered so much in so many ways. It is a shame those of you writing such nasty comments cant look past your political views and see what gifts they have brought and continue to bring to our lives. It is through art we find ourselves …
whats up with the anger kids! …
This film – from my understanding – is about love of family.. honor and integrity and understanding toward family.. isnt that what you republican folk stand for?
Enough said. I send you all much Aloha and wish you and your families well.
And congrats to Mr Estevez and Mr Sheen , cast and crew and clever distributor who was able to nab this film!
Be well and God Bless
Warmly
C

hypersquared

So cracking a self-deprecating joke about one’s own, well-known politics counts as “hateful and contemptuous”? Wow, doesn’t take much to rankle some folks.

Laura

Actually, He should ask God to forgive him for playing Martin Sheen.

jl

@Anexio, but don’t forget, I’m sure Mr. Sheen spent a lot – a lot – of effort to find a reporter and photog to capture the moment so he could return to his room for a steak dinner and bottle of Bordeaux.

LEsquivel

God forgive you for being a democrat!!

Anexio

I had to laugh when read that Mr. Sheen joined the picket line and then retreated back inside to spend the night.

Typical limousine liberal.

Sheen is a darned good actor, he just doesnt seem like much of a human being. Selfish and narrow minded, that seems to be the moniker of this guy.

Brian Brooks

I had the opportunity to meet Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez yesterday while moderating the discussion at the TIFF Filmmaker Lounge. I’m not sure where these comments regarding “hate” etc. are coming from, but they’re clearly not based in reality. You may disagree with Sheen’s politics, but that does not take away from the fact that he’s a very decent, intelligent and gracious person who cares deeply for what he believes in. He was very friendly to people who came up to him following the chat and it was a pleasure to meet both him and Estevez. Anything to the contrary is clearly motivated by ‘hate.’

Bunker

Thought he was talking about his bit In Mass Effect 2 from the headline

Steve In Tulsa

He cannot play a republican. He is not a good enough actor to disguise his hate and comtempt.

W

You & Charlie have gone to the left so far,you just fell off into nothingness,and that’s sad because you have turned Charlie into the same kind of nut case you are…..

W

I hope he does,because you are not good enough for the part. You have too much hate in your heart …

Michelle

Martin, you’re an irrelevant idiot!

johnpilgrim

Nice article. But I’ve just watched a fantastic new documentary about the Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, and as I’ve walked it myself, it was just like beeing back on the road. It is called “In Between – Walking the Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela”. the films homepage is at caminosantiago dot no You should really watch it!

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