Sheen returns to old haunts for new film
Published 02/11/2010 | 05:00
VETERAN Hollywood star Martin Sheen is to return to Ireland to shoot a new movie.
The star of iconic films such as 'Apocalypse Now', 'Wall Street' and 'Badlands' as well as the hugely popular 'The West Wing' on TV more recently, Sheen will be filming in Fethard, Co Tipperary, in the coming weeks.
Back in 2006, the star spent a happy college semester as an arts student in NUI Galway and was often seen on the city streets, strolling among the crowds and taking in the bohemian atmosphere.
During his term as a visiting student in Galway, Sheen read English literature, philosophy and oceanography.
This time, however, Sheen-- whose mother was from Co Tipperary -- will be in the more familiar milieu of film-making.
His latest movie, 'Stella Days', tells the story of a newly arrived parish priest who wants to open a cinema in a small town in 1950s Ireland, but attracts the opposition of his bishop as well as and some locals who fear the effect of the outside influence on their way of life. Crew members, including director Thaddeus O'Sullivan, have been seen around the picturesque town, selecting suitable locations for the shoot which is due to get under way next week.