Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez on a pilgrimage for “The Way”


Martin Sheen in “The Way”

Martin Sheen and his son Emilion Estevez are on a journey across America promoting their new film about a different kind of journey.

Called “The Way,” the movie follows the father (played by Sheen) as he retraces his dead sons steps on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. The son is played by Estevez, who also directed the film.

On Midmorning today, Estevez says in his mind “The Way” is in some ways loosely based on “The Wizard of Oz.” Like Dorothy, Martin Sheen’s character meets a series of characters on his journey along the yellow-marked camino.

Making this movie was a personal journey for the actors, who have family history in Northern Spain.

The conversation was wide-ranging, including the nature of pilgrimages and personal discovery, Sheen’s family history, acting, and of course Estevez and Sheen’s father-son relationship.

What didn’t get discussed? Mention of Sheen’s other son, Charlie, was noticeably absent from the conversation.

You can hear the hour by clicking on the audio link below:

  • Mark Brown

    I can’t wait to see the movie. My wife and I walked the Camino this May/June/July and look forward to re-living the experience in the movie. We followed in the tracks of Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez while in Spain. Martin’s footprint and handprint were cast in bronze in the street of one town and one night we stayed in the same Casa Rural that had housed the film team just a few months earlier. On the wall was a movie poster of “The Way” signed by Martin and Emilio. Thanks for doing the interview.