It would be an irony among ironies if Charlie Sheen’s manic media blitz wound up helping “The Way” — the film about a father retracing his dead son’s pilgrimage along Spain’s Camino de Santiago that stars his father, Martin Sheen, and was directed by his brother, Emilio Estevez.
This is the film that Estevez and the senior Sheen have been trying to promote in-between coping with questions about Charlie and his behavior. And talk about juxtaposing the profane and the sacred — while Charlie’s been extolling the virtues of his porn star “goddesses” all over TV, Emilio and Martin have been talking to college groups and religious press about encountering “small miracles on a daily basis” in making their labor of love film. That’s how Martin put it when he spoke to the Independent Catholic News:
“’People would walk in front of the screen, and spoil the scene and then we realised it was something beautiful. We were just led along the way to surrender to everything that occurred….. Swept along – it was as if a band of angels was dragging us along this journey.’”
Emilio calls the film “pro people, pro life not anti-anything.”
Their Malta premiere was a fundraiser for Pope John XXIII Peace Lab.
Small wonder Catholic and Protestant groups are already poised to embrace the movie, though critics praise it for being not overtly religious. Martin has made it clear that they wanted to honor the pilgrimage journey taken by people who may be curious, may be spirtual seekers, may be bereaved, may be confronted with major life decisions. “It’s not something Americans do. Few Americans would meditate for six weeks on a long walk,” he said in Dublin. “But frankly they should try it.”
The film opens in the U.K. in time for Easter next month. Estevez has said that in advance of the movie’s Sept. 30 U.S. opening, he and his fahter plan to take a 30-day, 30-city cross-country promotion bus trip from Los Angeles to New York. Here’s hoping that Charlie is on a much better path well before that.
GOING BAD: Gilles Marini would like tp go from being a lover to, well, maybe even a fighter during his “Brothers & Sisters” hiatus. “My dream would be to get an independent feature with a lot of texture, or a part in a blockbuster where people would say, ‘I know this guy from somewhere, but where?’ So different that they don’t recognize me.”
The actor currently making hearts flutter as sexy, romantic Luc Laurent says playing a villain would definitely be a worthy idea. “Why not? I’m open to so many different things. Someone who is a bad boy, or, to be bold, someone who is an atrocious monster. If I break the image, it will make me more real as an actor.”
CASTING CORNER: Bring your own, um, whatever. How about this for a casting notice? For a fetish party sequence in an upcoming “CSI” episodes, casting forces wanted 38-to-45-year-olds, “hot men and women….should have own fetish gear…Please specify in notes what kind of gear you have.” They really have a taste for fetish stories on that show, have you noticed?
NBC certainly has a taste for fantasy this pilot season. Not only is there the police show set in a magical land that we mentioned the other day — “17th Precinct,” that takes place in a place called Excelsior, where everyone uses magic except for a threatening group called The Stoics, who aim to destroy magic with science. There is also “Grimm,” about a young police officer (here in contemporary America) who thinks he is losing his mind because he keeps having visions of people turning into monsters. But it turns out, he’s a special being with a special ability to see such goings-on. Actually, that’s not so special. We see people turning into monsters in Hollywood all the time.
Meanwhile, over at ABC, casting is underway for “Grace,” a family drama-with-comedy set in the world of professional dance. Producers have the innovative idea of using dance as subtext and background throughout the episodes, as “family patriarch Michael Grace communicates through dance.” Worth a look, certainly.