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Monday 20 August 2018

Dad Martin's message from Dublin: I'll stand by you

Martin Sheen has offered his continuing support to his troubled son following his latest meltdown in LA.

The iconic actor jetted into town last night for a Jameson Film Festival screening of his film, The Way, in which he stars alongside his other son Emilio Estevez.

"If he [Charlie] had cancer, how would you treat him? This disease of addiction is a form of cancer. You have to have an equal measure of concern and love and lift him up," he said.

He also told the Herald how a collaboration with the Two And A Half Men star is on his wish-list, as soon as they can co-ordinate their busy schedules.

"Yes, in future projects I would very much so like to work with him. Time is the issue," he said at the Savoy in Dublin.

And though it had been rumoured that the troubled TV star might come to Ireland for some time out, given that he has a network of relatives here, Martin was remaining tight-lipped on the idea.

Martin, who came here four years ago to complete a university degree course, has previously spoken of how he would like his son to take advantage of his family ties here.





Delight

He will remain here on Saturday, before jetting to Malta with Emilio. Martin says the two share a close bond and thanked his son profusely for writing the part for him.

"The working relationship was great, every day was a delight," he said. "It's not like working with your son, it's like working with your best friend.

"I adored it, he wrote the part for me. Otherwise I wouldn't have even gotten the part."

Sheen also spoke of his new film Stella Days, which was filmed in Tipperary before Christmas.

The star worked alongside Amy Huberman on the production and describes her as being like "a band of angels".

"It's a great film. It took me on this wonderful journey."

lnolan@herald.ie

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