Martin Sheen, famed father of Charlie Sheen speaks out about his son's public meltdowns, his emotional state and how he understands what his son's going through.
Martin Sheen is not only Charlie's father, but he understands the 'hell' Charlie is going through, since he has been there before himself.
"I know what hell he's living in. I've had psychotic episodes in public. One of them was on camera Â– the opening scene of Apocalypse Now. ... 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."
It often makes one wonder how these celebrity parents manage to raise normal children. It seems that more often than not the kids are following in the fame footsteps that the parents laid out for them. This often leads to substance abuse somewhere along the way. Face it, fame has it's emotional baggage, and many handle that baggage by the only route of escape that they know - drugs.
Martin says that despite being 45 years old, Charlie is still emotionally a child due to his drug usage.
"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," the actor tells the U.K's Telegraph magazine. "You're emotionally crippled."
Emotionally crippled is one thing, but having the mindset of a child is another, completely different thing. Still, he might be on to something. Charlie does seem to have some issues accepting the reality of his situation, which is very much a childish quality. He also seems very impulsive in his decision making, which could be indicativeÂ of a childish mentality. However, other aspects about Sheen, particularly his love of adult film stars is not childish in the least.
It is good that Martin has been there and he knows first hand what Charlie is going through. That alone gives him some credibility and respect with Charlie so he can help him out of his dark times. However, none of that really matters if Charlie doesn't want to be 'saved' and if he doesn't want to clean up his act.
"Faith can help all of us. Addiction is the dark side. It's a reflection of despair. And it's fed by all the other negativity," he said.
Faith truly does does help. Does Charlie have the faith needed to crawl out of his dark hole he's dug for himself? What do you think? Does he have the strength and desire to get and stay clean and sober? Weigh in below.