Martin Sheen: Charlie’s A Kid Emotionally; Says ‘I Know The Hell He’s Living With’

Martin Sheen says in a new interview that his bad boy son Charlie is emotionally a “kid” because his addictions to drugs and alcohol have stunted his emotional development.

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He told the U.K’s Telegraph magazine Charlie will listen to him “every now and then… depends on whether it’s a moment of clarity for him. I can’t determine that for him.

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“You know, Charlie’s 45 years old,” the West Wing star said. “He’s not a kid. Emotionally, he still is. Because when you’re addicted, you don’t grow emotionally. So when you get clean and sober, you’re starting at the moment you started using drugs or alcohol — you’re emotionally crippled.”

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Martin, 70, told the magazine he understands and empathizes with his embattled son.

“I know what hell he’s living in. I’ve had psychotic episodes in public. One of them was on camera — the opening scene of Apocalypse Now. So I know what Charlie is going through. And when you do something like that, that is out of control, that’s the most difficult thing. You have to have courage.”

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In the same piece, Charlie’s older brother, Breakfast Club jock Emilio Estevez, explained that growing up, he, Charlie and their siblings “all had the same set of rules.

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“It really gives credence to this theory that it is genetic, and that sometimes it skips either a generation or siblings,” Emilio said. “My mother doesn’t drink. My other brother hasn’t had a drink in over 10 years, my dad hasn’t had a drink in 20. And I make wine.”



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