A little over a month after it was revealed that he planned to go to court to gain conservatorship over his sick son Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen tells the British newspaper, The Telegraph that he can relate to the pain that his son is currently experiencing. "I know what hell he’s living in," said the 70-year-old actor.
"I’ve had psychotic episodes in public. One of them was on camera – the opening scene of Apocalypse Now," he explains. "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," he says.
Asked if he believes faith could help Charlie through his problems, Sheen answers, "Faith can help all of us. Addiction is the dark side. It’s a reflection of despair. And it’s fed by all the other negativity."
Sheen, who adds that Charlie listens to him only "Every now and then," says that his 45-year-old son is still 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."