Sheen’s father was from Galicia, Spain and his village was north near the Portuguese boarder so he was aware about Santiago. The pilgrimage has been going on since the tenth century and fell out of popularity and was revived in the 1980s and has been a place explored by people worldwide. He was versed on the Camino and the script felt natural.
Sheen plays Tom, a doctor from California who travels to St. Jean Pied de Port, France to pick up the remains of his son Daniel (Estevez). Tom looks to finish Daniel's pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago in Spain (The Way of Saint James).
“I had a break in 2003 and I thought now is the time to do this and so my grandson Taylor, Emilio’s son, who was working for me at the time, he was 19, and my old friend Matt Clark also came. The three of us were trying to figure out if we had enough time to do the Camino before I had to return to Los Angeles and begin work again on Season 4 of The West Wing. Obviously I did not have enough time and so I thought rather than hurry this thing along, I’ll just explore the Camino. So we rented a car and we started in Burgos and we drove to Camino and, on the way, Taylor met his future wife at an albergues outside Burgos,” said the former honorary mayor of Malibu, California. “That was the start of the whole adventure in the summer of 2003. When I came home and told Emilio about all our adventures. Taylor returned to be with Julia and they were married a few years later. This is how The Way started."