Emilio Estevez talks about hiring father Martin Sheen for 'The Way'
Emilio Estevez didn't have to go far to find a star for his new film, "The Way."
The actor, who wrote, produced, directed and appeared in the film hired his father Martin Sheen for the starring role and the patriarch apparently had some concerns about working for his son.
"I had a bit of anxiety about living up to his expectations, but I was ruled by him and happily so," Sheen told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "I couldn't be happier about this movie. And I know he doesn't want to hear this, but if this is the last one I do I'm perfectly satisfied."
"I don't want to hear that! You've got plenty more movies left...look at him! The guy's 70 years old!" Estevez said, adding later of his father, "We lucked out, I'm glad that he came cheap."
In the action drama, a father travels to Europe to recover the ashes of his son who died traveling the historic El Camino de Santiago, a journey which runs from France to Spain. But instead of returning home, the father decides to continue the pilgrimage his son did not complete.
"This movie celebrates community and faith and family and it celebrates the very best of our humanity," said Estevez. "It's a film without CGI, without overt sexuality or language, there's no vulgarity. It's a movie you can take your parents to."
The pair of actors recently watched a different kind of journey play out- Charlie Sheen's very public meltdown. The family themes in "The Way" are apparent and both actors agree that they refuse to leave anyone behind in their family unit.
"A family is about a group of people who care and love for each other no matter what, everyone is included, no one's left out," said Martin Sheen.
"It's truly unconditional," Estevez agreed. "We don't leave anybody behind on the beach in this family."
Charlie Sheen, who is Martin Sheen's son and Estevez's younger brother, was fired from his CBS comedy "Two and a Half Men" following a slew of erratic on-air ramblings against the show's producers and co-creator Chuck Lorre.
He recently reached a settlement with Warner Bros. and Chuck Lorre over his $100 million lawsuit for his firing from the hit series, which cast Ashton Kutcher as his replacement.
Emilio Estevez rose to fame as a member of the Brat Pack in the 1980s, starring in "The Breakfast Club" and "St. Elmo's Fire." The 49-year-old actor has also appeared in films like "Repo Man," "The Mighty Ducks" and "Young Guns."
Martin Sheen starred in the 1979 film "Apocalypse Now" and played President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet in the hit series "The West Wing."
"The Way," opened in a limited release on October 7. Watch the trailer below.
Reporting by Cari Skillman of KABC Television and special correspondent for its entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).