Martin Sheen will not run for president of Ireland
Martin Sheen can certainly pulled off a fictional presidency on "West Wing," but the actor said on Friday that he has no intention of running for office in Ireland.
Fans of the actor launched an online campaign, calling on Sheen to run for president of Ireland when the country has elections in October. The 71-year-old actor is an Irish citizen thanks to his late mother.
Sheen said the online petition, which has over 5,000 signatures, was "flattering," but told WLS Television, the sister station of OnTheRedCarpet.com's parent company, KABC Television on Friday in Chicago that a presidential run is not in his plans.
Sheen is the father of actors Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez and starred in the 1979 film "Apocalypse Now" and played President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet in the hit series "The West Wing."
Despite his activism in liberal politics in the United States and in Ireland, Sheen has resisted previous political encouragement. In 2006, Sheen turned down a request that he run for U.S. Senate in Ohio, where he was born. According to the New York Times, Sheen claimed he wasn't qualified and said, "You're mistaking celebrity for credibility." On Friday, Martin Sheen and Estevez attended the AMC River East 21 theatre in Chicago, Illinois on Friday where Governor Quinn declared August 19th to be "Sheen Day" in the state.
The actor was also honored with a Career Achievement Award at the 47th Chicago International Film Festival, which was presented to him by Estevez.
The father-son actors are promoting their upcoming movie, "The Way." In the film, Sheen stars as an American doctor who goes to France to claim the body of his son, who died traveling from France to Spain on a pilgrimage. Estevez also stars in the movie, which he also wrote, produced and directed.
"The Way" is slated to open in theaters on October 7, 2011.