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Martin Sheen Says Son Charlie Sheen is "Emotionally Crippled"

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Mar. 21 2011, Published 9:21 a.m. ET

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Martin Sheen is busy promoting his film The Way with son/co-star Emilio Estevez, and inevitably the current physical/mental state of his other son, Charlie Sheen, has also been a topic of conversation. 

The Way is a film about a man (Martin) who "embarks on an arduous pilgrimage in order to mourn and better understand his estranged son (Emilio)" according to Entertainment Weekly. Emilio also wrote and directed the drama.

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The plot seems to play into Martin's current relation to Charlie, whose erratic behavior during his current media bender has many concerned about the mental health of the former Two and a Half Men star.

In a recent interview with the London Telegraph, via EW, Martin took sympathy on his 45-year-old son.

“I know what hell he’s living in," he revealed. "I’ve had psychotic episodes in public. One of them was on camera — the opening scene of Apocalypse Now. So I know what Charlie is going through. And when you do something like that, that is out of control, that’s the most difficult thing. You have to have courage.”

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Martin also shared that while he may understand what it is like to battle addiction, Charlie doesn't want his help.

“Every now and then it is,” Martin said of Charlie seeking his guidance. “Depends on whether it’s a moment of clarity for him. I can’t determine that for him. You know, Charlie’s 45 years old. He’s not a kid. Emotionally he still is. Because when you’re addicted, you don’t grow emotionally. So when you get clean and sober you’re starting at the moment you started using drugs or alcohol. You’re emotionally crippled.”

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