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Monday, February 21, 2011

Sheens about town

It's tough being a Sheen these days. A tabloid mainstay with his cycle of relapse and recovery, Charlie has heaped bad press on what used to be a sturdy screen name. Luckily, his kin have an alternative surname to fall back on.

Friday night Martin Sheen (born Ramon Gerardo Antonio Estevez), Charlie's dad, turned up at Georgetown University for a William and Mary-sponsored screening of "The Way," a film written and directed by his other famous son, former Brat-Packer Emilio Estevez.

The flick stars Martin as a grieving father who, after retrieving the remains of his estranged son who died along Spain's Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route, decides to make the same trek. Running just about two hours, it's a long movie about a long walk. The film does not yet have a distribution deal but has been screening at festivals.

Estevez's handful of filmmaking forays have always incorporated family ("Men at Work," "Bobby"), but "The Way" is a more overtly Estevez-centric affair: It was filmed in the family's ancestral homeland, Galicia, and dedicated to Emilio's grandfather. After the credits rolled, father and son took to the podium for a Q&A. In person, they're quite charming, which is probably why they're still stars. There was a lot of back-patting and chuckling and a few anecdotes on the elder Sheen's "action mode."

As in, "Then I get to Burgos and a Gypsy boy steals my bag, and I'll chase him through the streets and the rest will follow behind and we'll chase him and I'll lose the bag and I'll be horrified and I'll weep," said Estevez, gesticulating wildly in loving imitation of his dad's script revisions. "And I said, 'Okay.' "

Also in attendance: Spanish ambassador Jorge Dezcallar along with the Duke and Duchess of Palma de Mallorca. Unmentioned: Charlie Sheen.

Olympic appetites

Spotted: Olympic speed-skating star Apolo Anton Ohno dining at the Source, Wolfgang Puck's place at the Newseum. The eight-time medalist wore a fedora and, yeah, he still has a soul patch. Ohno and a friend ordered the spicy tuna cones, a dim sum platter and short ribs. They saved room for dessert, too: blueberry crumble, carrot cake and the chocolate "purse." Don't know if this is all he's in town for, but he tweeted that he was hanging out with friends from the youth program Ask Listen Learn.

Comfort food?

Also spotted: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who followed a grueling bargaining session with the players association on Friday with a dinner at the Prime Rib on K Street. Ordered a 16-ounce New York strip and a house salad.

- Aaron Leitko, from staff and wire reports


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