As radio producer in the media department, I recently interviewed Martin Sheen about his faith and his new movie, The Way, for an upcoming episode of American Catholic Radio that will air the week of November 1.
In the movie (which was produced and directed by his son, Emilio Estevez), Martin plays Tom, a doctor who learns of the sudden death of his estranged son, Daniel. While retrieving Daniel’s remains from a foreign country, he decides to finish the journey his son had started, “The Camino de Santiago de Compostela.” Tom meets three other people on this journey who all have something to learn on the pilgrimage.
There are many beautiful symbols and themes that run throughout this quiet, thought-provoking movie. One of the most prominent is the sense of redemption and hope. We see Tom, as well as the others, go through a transformation as they walk “The Camino.” This movie made me want to laugh, to cry and to rejoice. It’s not often that you come out of a movie inspired, but this time I was.
“You don’t choose a life…you live one.”
From “The Way”
Martin (he asked to be called by his first name), is one of the most genuine people you’ll ever meet. Whether you agree or disagree with his politics (he’s quite outspoken), you have to admit he’s passionate about what he believes in. One of those things is his Catholic faith.
Before I began our interview, Martin made the sign of the cross on his forehead, his lips and over his heart. He didn’t say a word, and he wasn’t looking at anyone. He gestured quickly and quietly in his seat. This spoke much louder to me than anything he could say. It was a privilege to get to know him just a tiny bit.
The Way hits theatres on October 21.