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Martin Sheen on Charlie Sheen: 'I Know the Hell He's Living In'

Charlie Sheen and Martin Sheen
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The "West Wing" actor says his son is emotionally crippled.

The West Wing star Martin Sheen says his son Charlie Sheen has been "emotionally crippled" by drug abuse.

Sheen tells the U.K.'s Telegraph, "You know, Charlie’s 45 years old. He’s not 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."

He continued, "I know what hell he’s living in. I’ve had psychotic episodes in public. One of them was on camera – the opening scene of Apocalypse Now. 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."

Sheen was drunk when filming the Apocalypse Now scene in which he trashes a hotel room, breaks a mirror with a fist, rolls around in a bloody stupor and sobs.

Sheen's comments were made during a promotional interview for The Way, a film directed by Emilio Estevez, Charlie Sheen's oldest brother. 

Charlie Sheen was fired from Two and a Half Men earlier this month. Prior to that, the show had been placed on hiatus while the actor went to rehab.