What About Emilio?
How pissed would you be if you were Emilio Estevez right now?
This has got to be one of those moments when Emilio Estevez must be really glad that he chose not to use his father’s stage name. Surprisingly, there are still a ton of people that have no clue Charlie Sheen and Estevez are brothers. Unfortunately, there are plenty more who probably think Estevez is already dead.
As we all know Charlie Sheen has been makes news by setting a new land-speed record for celebrity flame outs, and he’s surprisingly gaining legions of fans in the process. Meanwhile, his father, Martin Sheen, and brother, Emilio Estevez, have been conspicuously absent throughout this whole highly publicized debacle.
For the duration of this bizarre saga surrounding Charlie Sheen, his girlfriends, and his unshakable addiction to winning; there hasn’t appeared to be much support from Sheen’s family. It’s left people wondering where Charlie’s father and brother have been hiding during his meltdown?
Well, it seems the two of them have been hobnobbing in Europe screening Estevez’s new film “The Way,” which stars his father in the lead role. The non-crazy, and not nearly as successful Estevez, filmed his new flick in Spain and seemed to have a great time connecting with his “best friend,” aka his dad, during the filming and current press tour. When the Estevez/Sheen clan recently discussed Charlie’s behavior, Martin related it to an addiction or cancer. Charlie “Tiger Blood” Sheen responded in typical poetic fashion.
“They tried. But I said, you know, I’m not ready, I’m not interested in your rhetoric right now. I appreciate your love, your compassion, if that’s what you wanna call it. But I’m 45 years old, and I’m not interested in people treating me like a 12-year-old.”
Sheen may be acting like an privileged prepubescent teen with a penchant for every vice he stumbles upon, but the reality is his 1-hour ABC special tonight will probably have have a larger audience than Estevez’s new movie (including Netflix instant). “The Way” will most likely go relatively unseen in the United States, because no one has seemed to care for Estevez’s acting, writing or directing style in nearly two decades.
Meanwhile his younger brother was handed cushy job starring in a sitcom, where he plays a fictionalized version of himself, and becomes the highest paid actor in television history.
Twenty years ago both brothers were budding stars and among the desired actors in Hollywood. Today, not so much.
Estevez was a former Brat Pack star who became a teen idol for his roles in ‘80s classics like “The Breakfast Club” and “St. Elmo’s Fire.” And he found the career longevity that escaped other Brat Packers by scoring the role of Coach Gordon Bombay in “The Mighty Ducks,” which turned out to be one of Disney’s most successful franchises. However ever since Estevez decided to pursue a career behind the camera his career has taken a rather precipitous fall.
Emilio’s entire decline can be traced back to one disastrous career decision: to become a writer. There is no way to fade into obscurity quicker than going from the “Minnesota Miracle Man” to a mediocre screenwriter. His most famous film, “Bobby,” from 2006, took over six years to write and nearly bankrupted him. In the end, the domestic box office gross didn’t even cover production costs.
His career post-“Mighty Ducks” hasn’t been remotely as perfect and bitching as his younger, more badass brother. But it all could have been so different. One of the reason’s Charlie Sheen had more staying power in Hollywood is simply because he’s a better actor than Estevez. There was more of an edge to Charlie, while Emilio was a goofy 5′ 6” guy who endearingly appeared to be trying too hard. But it was Estevez who was originally cast in “Platoon,” and was forced to drop out after production was delayed for two years. Sheen was then offered the part which became his career break-out role in one of the most popular war movies of all-time.
It should have been Estevez, who possesses his father’s respectable seriousness without his brother’s self-destruction. Later in the ’90s the brothers both decided to tackle the parody genre with markedly different results. Sheen did “Hot Shots,” parodying “Top Gun,” which spawned a sequel and earned in total over $200 million. Estevez did “Loaded Weapon Part 1,” there was never a part two.
As a result Estevez has become nothing more than an answer to an ’80s Trivial Pursuit question. He spent most of the past decade finding random directing jobs with shitty CBS drama’s like “Cold Case,” “CSI: NY,” “Numb3rs,” “Close to Home” and “The Guardian,” which were probably given as a favor to Sheen.
Maybe Estevez isn’t bitter, because unlike his brother, he has his health, his sanity, and a career that is fulfilling.
But I find it difficult to believe he’s not annoyed in the slightest, it would be inhuman not to be. Estevez has worked tirelessly pursuing his passion with little to no recognition, while watching Sheen spoon-fed arguably the easiest and highest paid career in television.
However, treading water always trumps drowning.