Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Video interview: Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez show us The Way
The Way is a road movie, so it seems only appropriate they're traveling across country by bus to promote it.
Actor Martin Sheen and his writing/directing/acting son, Emilio Estevez, stopped off in Dallas last week during a cross-country bus tour promoting their new film, The Way.
The movie (which opens in North Texas on October 7) charts the experiences of Tom (Sheen), a repressed California ophthalmologist who sets off to walk the famed El Camino de Santiago in tribute to his free-spirited son Daniel (Estevez), who was tragically killed during the early stages of his pilgrimage. Though dead, Daniel continues to appear in his father's mind's eye at various points along the journey.
In addition to co-starring, Estevez also wrote the script and directed the film. Other important cast members are Deborah Kara Unger as a confrontational woman trying to quit cigarettes; Yorick van Wageningen as a Dutchman with a fondness for good food (and pharmaceuticals); and James Nesbitt as a travel writer out to capture the Camino experience in the form of a popular memoir.
As Estevez tells us, at heart this is very much a road movie, with overt resemblances to The Wizard of Oz.
To me, the film looked like it was a lot of fun to make — but Sheen and Estevez reminded me that they were on a tight filming schedule, and that obtaining permissions to film along the route proved to be challenging.