Behind the scenes, Charlie Sheen rescues brother's, dad’s inspiring movie

Hollywood's bad boy stepped up and saved the day for Martin Sheen's and Emilio Estevez's nostalgic film, "The Way," about a father grieving for his fallen son.

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Rescuing an inspirational movie isn’t exactly within Charlie’s public image. The actor plays the rogue in such films as Red Dawn, Young Guns, Platoon, Wall Street and Major League. As Charlie Harper on the TV situation comedy Two and a Half Men, he played the alcohol-soaked cad Charlie Harper who brought giggling one-night stands home to an apartment shared with a dim-witted teenage nephew and the boy’s aimless, divorced father. In that role, Sheen was the highest paid actor on television, earning $1.8 million per episode.

His personal life mirrored the show as he flaunted alcohol and drug abuse and paraded before the cameras multiple live-in girlfriends, who he called his “goddesses.” He was kicked off the show after a very public dispute with producer Chuck Lorre. He subsequently went on a highly publicized in-your-face nationwide tour in which he mocked his detractors and justified his behavior.

His father told the Catholic Herald that The Way could not have been released without Charlie riding to the rescue. Martin told the magazine that the inspirational film, which reflects Martin’s deeply Catholic faith, was a family project not funded by any major studio. When they ran out of money, Charlie stepped up without being asked.

“I think that that should be known about him along with everything else,” Martin said, adding that Charlie is “traveling a slightly different road from some of us – he’s on a different Camino, let’s say.”

“But we’re all pilgrims, after all,” said Martin, “and his journey is not over yet.”

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