Martin Sheen Says He 'Felt Powerless' During Charlie Sheen's Meltdown

The 74-year-old actor said all he could do was "pray" for his son.

Martin Sheen says he felt quite helpless as he watched his son Charlie Sheen get fired from his hit TV series Two and a Half Men amid a very public breakdown in 2011.

"What he was going through at that time, we were powerless to do much," he told the Radio Times. "Except to pray for him and lift him up."

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The 74-year-old Grace and Frankie actor added that he just tried to be there for Charlie as best he could during that difficult time. "You try to be as present as possible. But you have to be aware of the circumstances," he said. "You have to be aware of many things that the public is not aware of."

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He also shared that his son was battling addiction when he had his meltdown. "He was in a very desperate situation," Martin recalled. "And he was doing what he felt would get him out of it – going public. And it was very painful. No less painful for him."

Two and a Half Men
wrapped up their final episode in February and while Charlie's character was included in the finale's story line, he declined to make a cameo.