You can never really separate from the person you are portraying on screen, said Sheen who considers himself more liberal than his character Tom. Tom’s a very conservative man that stopped practicing his faith, remained isolated and belonged to a private country club. He was a widower and didn’t do any public service and lived through his own pleasure until his boy’s death forces him to become more grounded.
“I could relate to that deeply, deeply inside,” Sheen said. “Of course, the journey is about going from isolation to community. I mean we all have to walk alone. We all have our own personal crosses to carry but we carry them best when we share the burdens with the community and that’s what he comes to with these other three pilgrims that he cannot bear in the beginning. I mean they’re just such a nuisance. They’re millstones and he keeps trying to get rid of them and go off on his own. He’s very independent and self made and American and I can handle this on my own but he misses the whole point until he realizes eventually that we’re all part of community and that’s the best way that we can live faith filled lives and meaningful lives.”