Sheen honored, not running for Ireland's presidency

August 19, 2011 (CHICAGO)

Despite what he called a "flattering" online push, Sheen told ABC7 he will not run for president of Ireland. Rumors had been swirling on Twitter and elsewhere online that Sheen could make a run. Sheen is an citizen of Ireland.

Sheen made the comments at an event honoring him and his son, Emilio Estevez. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn was on hand at the AMC River East 21 theatre in downtown Chicago Friday to announce "Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez Day" in the state.

Sheen gained early fame in films such as "Apocalypse Now" and "The Missiles of October", but recently is best known for his television role as fictional U.S. president Josiah Bartlet in "The West Wing".

Estevez and Sheen are promoting their new movie, "The Way". In the film, Sheen portrays an American doctor who goes to France to claim the body of his son, who died traveling from France to Spain on a historical pilgrimage. Estevez also stars in the movie, which he wrote, produced and directed.

Estevez's brother, Charlie Sheen, was not at the downtown event Friday.

"The Way" opens October 7th in the United States.

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