Martin Sheen may be a world-famous celebrity, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t nervous in a roomful of third-graders, according to Page Six. The 76-year-old Apocalypse Now actor has recently had his first ever experience “reading in public.”
While promoting his new PBS TV movie, Martin Sheen, who has over 60 decades of acting experience behind him, revealed that it was his first ever time “reading in public.”
Addressing the roomful of third-graders at Manhattan Barnes & Noble, Martin Sheen, who is currently promoting his Anne of Green Gables TV movie, admitted that he was very nervous.
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However, Martin Sheen was quick to add that he used to read to his kids, including Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen, all the time when they were younger, but it was his first ever public read.
“It took more than I could possibly have imagined. I was so frightened of you young children.”
Martin Sheen plays the role of Matthew Cuthbert in the new Anne of Green Gables movie, and according to UPI, the veteran actor credits his son Ramon Estevez for convincing him to take on the role.
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Admitting that he’s “grateful” to his lesser-known son for encouraging him to take the role, Sheen revealed that it was the non-violent nature of the role that ultimately spoke to him.
“He said: ‘Look, Pop, you don’t have to kill anybody. You don’t have to curse anybody. You don’t have to raise your voice.'”
Speaking at a recent WE Day event, Martin Sheen had a few encouraging things to say to kids of the 21st century on how they can change the world, according to Time magazine. The 76-year-old actor, who is also an ambassador for WE Day, noted that young people have always been “the catalysts of change.”
To back his claim, Martin Sheen continued with a proverb.
“He that hath offspring giveth up hostages to the future.”
Martin Sheen also admitted that older generations have left the 21st-century kids “some pretty big messes,” including climate change, and now young people have to clean up their mess because they are the ones who own the future.
“Our job now is to help the next generation learn from our mistakes, to support them, to encourage them to keep doing what they’re doing.”
And that’s exactly why Martin Sheen sees the need to address young people at WE Day events because he wants to offer his vast experience and help next generations to clean up that mess.
Martin Sheen admits that cleaning up that huge mess is no easy task, as it will require the next generations to sacrifice.
“Standing up for what you believe in will come at a cost. You will have to sacrifice, but it will be worth it.”
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Another piece of advice that Martin Sheen has for next generations is to never take yourself too seriously and to instead “be joyous.” In fact, Sheen recalled how he once witnessed a peaceful protest against nuclear weapons testing at a military base in 1987.
“I watched a line of women do the hokey pokey, dancing up to the very edge of the base property line, wiggling their feet over it while singing, ‘Put your left foot in!'”
So Martin Sheen insists that people should protest with “lightness, not anger, in your heart.” The Apocalypse Now actor also wants young people to know that they are “not alone,” and encourages them to “find comfort” in the community and join forces with other people who want to change the world.
Martin Sheen also said that new technology, such as social media, allows people to connect with others, and people should benefit from that. The actor also insists that there are “thousands upon thousands” of young people who want to change the world for the better.
But the veteran actor also warns that changes take time, and change never come in “big steps.” So instead of focusing on changing the whole world, Sheen recommends “making small changes that matter to you.”
Martin Sheen encourages people to get involved and make a commitment, and that will allow the world to change in the long run.
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