MINNESOTA: Meet Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez on Monday!

Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez in 'The Way'

If you’ve grew up in Minnesota there is a good chance that the Mighty Ducks movies hold a strong personal significance. Coach Gordon Bombay’s attempt to turn a group of misfits into a winning hockey team not only was a hilarious celebration of our state’s favorite sport; it also provided more quotable one-liners than just about any other movie of my childhood. That is why I am excited that Emilio Estevez, Coach Gordon Bombay himself, will be returning to Minnesota to promote his upcoming movie The Way and you have the opportunity to meet him.

Even more exciting is the fact that Estevez will be joined by his father, legendary screen actor Martin Sheen. On top of memorable performances in “The West Wing” and recent films like The Departed, Sheen has also created iconic characters into of my favorite film of all-time: Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now and Terence Malick’s Badlands. Sheen appears in Estevez’s film and the two have been traveling the country to promote it.

On Monday, September 12th they will be stopping in the Twin Cities for a screening of their film and they will be making a public appearance as well at the Wal-Mart in Maple Grove. Sheen and Estevez will be available to sign autographs and meet with fans from approximately 4:00 to 5:00pm. The first 75 people in line at 4:00pm at Wal-Mart that day will also receive screening passes to see their film The Way that evening to be followed by a Q & A with the actors.

The address for the Wal-Mart in Maple Grove is below:

9451 Dunkirk Lane North
Maple Grove, MN

I will be at the screening so if you are among the 75 who scores tickets, definitely seek me out and say “hello.”

I am quite surprised that The Way has not received more attention in the weeks before its release considering it has a pretty high profile actor/director combination. Estevez’s previous film Bobby was greeted with a lot more fanfare and many believe it did not live up to expectations. Maybe the plan with The Way is to keep it quiet among the major press outlets and instead let word of mouth do the promotion. View the official synopsis for The Way below and see the trailer after that. As always, let me know you’re thoughts!

THE WAY is a powerful and inspirational story about family, friends, and the challenges we face while navigating this ever changing and complicated world. Martin Sheen plays Tom, an irascible American doctor who comes to St. Jean Pied de Port, France to collect the remains of his adult son (played by Emilio Estevez), killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking The Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way of Saint James. Rather than return home, Tom decides embark on the historical pilgrimage to honor his son’s desire to finish the journey. What Tom doesn’t plan on, is the profound impact the journey will have on him and his “California Bubble Life”.

Inexperienced as a trekker, Tom soon discovers that he will not be alone on this journey. On “The Way,” Tom meets other pilgrims from around the world, each with their own “issues” and looking for greater meaning in their lives: a Dutchman (Yorick van Wageningen) a Canadian (Deborah Kara Unger) and an Irish writer (James Nesbitt) who is suffering from a bout of “writer’s block.”

From the unexpected and oftentimes, amusing experiences along “The Way,” this unlikely quartet of misfits create an everlasting bond and Tom begins to learn what it means to be a citizen of the world again. Through Tom’s unresolved relationship with his son, he discovers the difference between “the life we live and the life we choose.”

The Way will be in theatres in the U.S. on October 7, 2011.

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