Martin tried to dissuade his son from trying to both direct and
star in "The War At Home". -- "I thought he should do one or the other,
but not try to do both, because the material was so difficult he could
have gotten lost in one or the other. And I felt that by dividing his
talents he'd be conquered. But he managed to really find himself on
both sides of the camera. He had a very profound influence on us.
Not that it was all sweetness and light - father and son did
disagree on occasion. "Sometimes they were little things, sometimes
they were big things,'' says Sheen. "And I had to be ruled by him.
He's the director. I've fought with directors before, or disagreed
with them, and got my way. But I knew in this area he knew me too well
to let me get away with it."
"He loved me enough to risk that. It's always difficult when you love someone, and you love them enough to risk their wrath by telling them the truth about something that's important to them. That's real love. And that's really what this was about between him and me." "I've known him all my life - and I mean I knew him before he came into my life. And he may have known me in a previous life, I don't know. But I adore him. So there I had this son whom I adored, who was my friend that I adored, and then he became my fellow actor.''
Emilio -- "I think it's the best thing he's done in a long time,'' says Estevez of his father's performance. "He didn't get away with his mannerisms. He was really focused. It's the kind of stuff that compelled him to become an actor.''