Familiar with the “Hell” of substance abuse, “Apocalypse Now” actor Martin Sheen knows what train-wreck son Charlie Sheen is currently going through.
Martin Sheen, who reportedly drank heavily and had raging outbursts on the set of “Apocalypse Now” in the 1970s, told The Telegraph in an extensive interview that he understands the demons Charlie faces. Sheen’s son Emilio Estevez participated in the same interview and said the family had many conflicts during the filming of “Apocalypse Now”.
“I hated him when he got drunk, because he’d get violent, “Estevez said of father Sheen, who was inebriated on set.
Martin Sheen and Estevez expressed concern for Charlie Sheen, who remains a hot news topic for his drug and alcohol habits, “winning, duh” catchphrase, affinity for “goddesses”, and outrageous statements about former “Two and a Half Men” boss Chuck Lorre.
“You know, Charlie’s 45 years old. He’s not a kid. Emotionally he still is,” Martin Sheen said of his son. “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.”
When it comes to his troubled sibling’s issues, Estevez is at a loss.
“We all had the same set of rules,” Estevez says of his and Charlie Sheen’s upbringing. “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.”