The interview about today’s 60s of the (1.69 m small) big heartthrob.
COURIER: You were a very young father. What was the biggest challenge there?
Emilio Estevez: Well, I didn’t always set the best example for them because I wasn’t an adult myself. The kids certainly didn’t have it easy with me, but despite everything, they developed into great people.
You were always considered the nice brother, although you could say that’s no art compared to Charlie…
Oh, I was immature too. That showed when I started directing. I was young and arrogant then – like everyone who is 20 and given a lot of money and who wants to achieve their dreams. No one dared tell me how awful the script was because I let the star shine. The movie, Dynamite and Cold Blood (1986) was only made because of Demi Moore and made me. I learned from it, but not enough. The next film was the rather sluggish comedy Men at Work (1990). Only with “Bobby” (2006) did I feel good as a director.
Do you have a very personal story with Robert F. Kennedy, about whose last day in life it is about?
Yes, it’s like I’ve been preparing for this my whole life. I met Bobby Kennedy (John F. Kennedy’s younger brother, aged 42 in 1967). My father worked for his campaign and I was sitting on his shoulders when he shook my hand. I can only remember vaguely. What I remember very clearly was June 5, 1968 (local time). There was the whole family at my grandma’s in Ohio when I was watching TV downstairs and heard that he had been shot. I went up the stairs and woke up my father. I remember he cried all day. A year later we moved from New York to Los Angeles – while we were looking for a house, we lived in the “Ambassador”, the scene of the fatal assassination. My dad walked me down the aisles and said, “This is where it happened. Here is the place and the day the music died”. What he meant was that with Bobby Kennedy, the hope of the civil rights movement had also been extinguished.
Her parents celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2021!
In Hollywood years that’s 350! My parents always insisted that we have to stay together as a family. That’s why we spent our childhood on film sets. My father always had a clause in his contract for six plane tickets, wherever he was shooting.
They were also on the extreme shoot of anti-war epic Apocalypse Now. How did you feel?
The pure chaos. To my mother’s horror, the director had me Francis Ford Coppola put me in a soldier’s uniform and gave me a machine gun. My father suffered a heart attack in the jungle at the time and was just trying to survive.
Your father (Martin Sheen) is considered a parade Catholic in Hollywood – how much has that influenced your life?
My mother was raised a Baptist but left. My father was not a practicing Catholic when they married, but wanted us to be raised Catholic – even though my mother said “over my dead body”. This led me to become more spiritual than religious.
How and where do you live today?
At a winery in Malibu. I have chickens, grow vegetables. My parents live right next door and that gives me a cozy village feeling.