Martin Sheen has praised his son, Charlie Sheen, for his courage for revealing to the world in a live interview last month that he is HIV positive. The Naples Daily News reports that Martin Sheen was astounded that his son revealed his situation to the public.
“He had been leading up to this sort of story for several months, and we kept encouraging him to do it. And he kept backing away and backing away because it was like going to his own execution, I guess.”
Martin Sheen also spoke of his son’s disease and how prevalent alcoholism and drug abuse is.
“As a father, I dare say that if I were to ask, just a general question in this room, how many of you have children or spouses or nieces, nephews, uncles, clients, who are dealing with drugs or alcohol. I dare say that there isn’t a person in here that wouldn’t raise their hand.”
Sheen said he was in awe of his son as he watched him reveal his deepest, darkest secret to the world.
“This morning, as I watched him alone, reveal his deepest, darkest secret, I couldn’t believe the level of courage I was witnessing, and that it was my son.”
Watch the interview here.
Martin Sheen also talked about the support he offered Charlie prior to the interview.
“We didn’t know until he walked on the set this morning that he was going to do it. I saw him Saturday night, my wife and I went to see him, to make sure he knew we were behind him, and if he wanted me to go, I would have canceled this event. He said, no, this was his and his alone.”
However, not everyone has been supportive of Charlie Sheen’s revelation. Salon reports that Burt Reynolds, and old friend of Martin Sheen, recently said in an interview that Charlie Sheen deserves the situation he is now in.
“He’s handling it very badly, I think. His father [Martin Sheen] is a very, very decent man and a dear friend of mine. I feel bad for him. But Charlie, I don’t feel bad for him. He’s getting what he deserves. If you’re going to misbehave like that, then they’re going to get you.”
But Martin Sheen recently had a reason of his own to be courageous. ABC News reports that Sheen just went through quadruple bypass heart surgery. Emilio Estevez posted a photo of his father Charlie Sheen giving the thumbs-up sign in the hospital after the surgery.
— Emilio Estevez (@EMILIOTHEWAY) December 17, 2015
The caption was so supportive and loving.
“My Pop! Successful proactive quadruple bypass surgery this week! A great Blessing indeed!”
Estevez also revealed in a Facebook post that the surgery was not due to an emergency.
“The decision to operate on his heart was a proactive one, not an emergency situation.”
Estevez said Martin Sheen is recovering just fine.
“Not surprisingly, he is recovering beautifully, out of the ICU and is expected to not only be home for Christmas, but be 100% by the time he returns to work on season three of the Netflix series, Grace and Frankie early next year.”
The GRACE & FRANKIE series… Lily Tomlin wins! Followed by Martin Sheen, then Jane Fonda, and last, Sam Waterston. pic.twitter.com/FqvgFxvB9B
— Robert Chandler (@spaceagefilms) May 26, 2015
The surgery comes just four weeks after Martin Sheen appeared for one night only in Malibu, California to sing at a fundraiser for Our Lady of Malibu School. Playbill reveals that Sheen sang “Man of La Mancha.”
It’s good to hear that Martin Sheen is well and recovering nicely from his heart surgery. Fans are certainly looking forward to seeing him return to the small screen in his role as Robert Hanson on Grace and Frankie.
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