Busted Halo
April 7th, 2010

Emilio Estevez and The Way

Emilio Estevez discusses his new film on The Busted Halo Show with Fr. Dave


When The Busted Halo Show with Father Dave broadcast a week of our Sirius XM radio show from Los Angeles, actor/director Emilio Estevez dropped by our studio to talk about his career and his new movie, The Way. Son of iconic Catholic actor Martin Sheen, and brother of actor Charlie Sheen, Emilio Estevez might best be remembered from his stand-out roles in the classic ’80s films The Outsiders, The Breakfast Club, St. Elmo’s Fire, and Young Guns, or as Coach Gordon Bombay from The Mighty Ducks series. But since then, he has had quite an accomplished career behind the camera, directing films like Men at Work and the award-winning Bobby, about the life of Robert F. Kennedy.


Part 1

In part one of the interview, Estevez talks about the Oscars tribute to John Hughes, private life at his vineyard, and how the inspiration for his new film, The Way, came from his celebrity father and his own son, who had travelled the pilgrimage route of the Camino de Santiago in Europe together.


Part 2

In part two, he talks about the film Bobby and what he calls “the end of decency,” about working for a Paulist priest on a TV show when he was 17, his dad’s Catholic faith and his own spiritual journey, and how making this film has brought him closer to the community of the church.

Originally published April 7, 2010.

The Author : Fr Dave Dwyer

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  • Kate

    What a great interview. How proud his parents must be! I can’t wait to see the movie. I also love Alfred’s idea of a California mission pilgrimage!! It sounds fantastic – as long as we don’t actually have to travel on the 5 freeway :O

  • Tim Nellist

    I viewed “The Way” last night. The movie said to me that a period of serious reflection and purpose can rebuild a spiritual way of life, even in the most trying of times.

  • Kirsten

    Dear Emilio:

    There’s a typo in your synopsis on the web page for the film. My editorial OCD compels me to let you know! ;^)

  • Annette

    Very nice interview. What beautiful commentary by Emilio on his experience and faith. I walked the Camino myself and understand what he means by needing/wanting to be and becoming a citizen of the world.

  • Jose Miguel

    I am looking forward to see the movie. Does anyone know when is expected to be in theatres?. I did part of the CAmino a week ago. It is the best thing I ever did. Walk alone and just meet people all the way long, you start finding “your own way”. Cool! Buen Camino!

  • B. K. Felty

    I’m not Roman Catholic but I really appreciate the pilgrimage concept, enjoyed the rapport between Emilio and Fr. Dave – obviously they like each other and that is attractive – to see people on “The Way” who can laugh and are not all stressed out about the darkness around us, but still concerned and determined to be a light. Thank you.

  • Carol D

    What a great way to start my day… I’ve passed along this interview to many people!
    The one thing I was disappointed in was the fact that Emilio didn’t explain why the pilgrims carry a scallop shell… Throughout the Middle Ages, pilgrims would carry a scallop shell with them, as one carries a canteen today… it was their drinking cup… they always had it with them and when they came to a well or a stream, they were able to get a substantial amount of water… far better than cupping ones hand…

  • Alfred

    i liked Emilio Estevez’s interview.¬†
    Great interview.

    I’d like to see a pilgimage routes developed in USA. ¬†I’m mapping a route for waking through LA fcityscape rom Mission San Juan Capistrano to Mission San Gabriel to Mission San Fernando. All these California missions are in the LA Metroplex and they cover about 90+ Kms. ¬†There are plenty of churches and restaurants and places to stay along this portion of “The Camino Real” or “Mission Trail”. ¬†I think this could pilgrimage can be completed in 6 days of walking. ¬† I think Blessed Fr Serra ¬†would approve.

  • Audrey

    Great interview. I am so glad you talked a bit about Insight. I watched that show every Sunday in the NYC market. Even as a teen, I knew how special the show was and I still carry some of those stories with me. Hooray for the Paulists! God bless them!

  • Deborah

    Way cool, I did the Camino in April/May last year and I am super excited about the new movie coming out. If you can, walk the Camino, it’ll change your life.

  • Daniel

    interesting and inspiring interview! Excited to see the new film “The Way” when it comes out here in the states.

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