As Charlie Sheen continues to make headlines and with his return to the set of “Two and a Half Men” looming, the actor’s father, Martin Sheen, is speaking out about how he is attempting to help his troubled son.
“With prayer,” Martin told reporters, according to Reuters, at the UK film premiere of “The Way,” which was directed by Charlie’s brother, Emilio Estevez, and stars Martin.
“We lift him up and we ask everyone who cares about him to lift him up and lift up all of those who are in the grip of drug and alcohol abuse,” Martin continued. “Because they too are looking for transcendence.”
Among Charlie’s recent headlines was news of a get-together at his house in LA, which was attended by Colin Farrell, as well as a handful of former and current baseball stars.
One of those players, former pro Lenny Dykstra, called in to “The Dan Patrick Show” on Wednesday to talk about the shindig at Charlie’s place.
“Charlie’s a good friend of mine. For people that really do know Charlie, Charlie’s loyal and genuine and, more importantly, the guy’s brilliant,” the former ball player said of his longtime acting pal. “I’m telling you right now, this guy is en fuego. It’s easy when you start sending private jets all over the place to pick people up.”
While Charlie readies for his return to the set of his CBS sitcom, Dykstra revealed the actor may have another gig in the works – back on the big screen.
“Let’s put it this way, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a ‘Major League 3’ with Charlie in it,” Dykstra said on the show.
Of note, there have already been three films in the “Major League” franchise, with Charlie appearing in the first two. The third, “Major League: Back to the Minors” hit theaters in 1998, starring only a handful of the original cast.
In terms of a fourth “Major League” film, franchise writer/director David S. Ward has told The Hollywood Reporter he has a script for a new installment, with Charlie written in to reprise his character as Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn.
“It’s 20 years later and Charlie’s character has been out of baseball since he gave up the walk-off homerun in the seventh game of the World Series,” Ward told the trade. “But the team wants him back to mentor this young fireballing relief pitcher.”
Although several of the original cast would also return – including Wesley Snipes, Dennis Haybsert and a possible cameo by Corbin Bernsen, Ward contends that Charlie is key piece.
“There is no movie without Wild Thing,” he added.
For now, Charlie is focusing on his small screen career, with a planned February 28 return to the set of “Two and a Half Men” – something co-star Holland Taylor , who plays Charlie’s mom on the show, can’t wait for!
“Everybody wants to get back to work. I mean we haven’t seen Charlie. We’re eager to get back to work with him,” Holland told Access Hollywood on Tuesday night at the Costume Designer Guild Awards in LA, of the cast and crew’s sentiment towards their leading man.
“We are going back to work next week and Charlie, you’ve seen him in the news, I’m sure. He’s out on boats with friends, he’s planning to be in a sequel to a baseball movie. He’s playing baseball out at the UCLA campus, and making plans to spend more time with his children, and I wish him nothing but the best. I love him, he’s a wonderful, dear person. I care about him,” she added.