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Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez on The Way View Comments
By Jack Wintz, O.F.M.

Emilio Estevez, director of The Way, shares his ideas on shooting a scene with Martin Sheen, his father, who stars in the film.

IN EARLY OCTOBER, The Way, a haunting movie starring Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez, opens in U.S. theaters. The film takes its viewers on the road to a very popular destination—the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain.

This world-famous cathedral—it is commonly believed—holds the remains of St. James the Greater, an apostle. Pilgrims hike here in large numbers and from long distances, often starting in France, to venerate this highly revered saint. For over 10 centuries, millions have come on pilgrimage to this great shrine along a variety of routes from all over Europe and beyond.

The Way received considerable attention when it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last October. Martin Sheen stars in the film. Emilio Estevez, his son, wrote, produced and directed the film—and acts in it, as well.

On July 15, during a joint interview, Estevez and Sheen shared many thoughts with St. Anthony Messenger at the Serra Retreat in Malibu, California. (The center is run by the Franciscan Friars of the St. Barbara Province.) Both Sheen and Estevez have homes in Malibu—not far from the retreat center—and visit the friars there from time to time.

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Jack Wintz, O.F.M., is senior editor of this publication and editor of Catholic Update. He is also author of Friar Jack’s Espirations, a free e-newsletter accessible at FriarJack.org.

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