Martin Sheen on Regis and Kelly Wed.
October 9, 2002
Regis: These people think you are
the president. oh boy
Kelly : Now martin, I don't think
real president get cheers like that.
Regis: This is like unanimous some
people think you are the president.
Martin: As long as I
Regis: What a responsibility to
play the president of the United States.
Martin: Well, you know it's Aaron
Sorkins creation. I'm one of 10.
Regis: Congratulations on show
winning the emmy.
Martin: Congratulations on
Regis: What a season we are
Martin: We are hopeless Notre
Dame fans. Now we have something to cheer about.
Regis: I noticed you have worked
Notre Dame into many WW episodes.
Martin: I wonder how that
Kelly: Now wait a minute. Why
don't you -- Regis took Larry King to a game. Why don't you take
Regis: Well I'd love
Martin: I've never been to a game
at Notre Dame stadium.
Regis: You've been to Notre
Martin: Oh yeah. I've been to
Kelly: Do you have a private
Martin: Oh no. (chuckles) The other day I was in the
airport. Someone passed me by and said "Good morning Mr. President is Air Force
One in the shop?"
Regis: Did you
Martin: No, ... he didn't give me a chance. He
said it as he passed by.
Regis: Isn't it wonderful at this
point in your career. Here you are - everybody loves this show.
Martin: No, not everybody but
Kelly: No everybody.
Martin: You know last time I was
on the show I was sang with the Irish Tenors on St. Patrick's day.
Regis: Yeah, we couldn't stop you,
we said "Please Martin no." He said "I'm the president. I'll sing when I
Martin: Well I'm gonna say I
saw the show and I'm not going to sing again.
Kelly: You know that Martin is
celebrating his 41 wedding anniversary.
Kelly: Where you 19 when you got
Martin: I was 21. It's December. 23.
Kelly: You gonna do a big
Martin: Well I don't know you just
reminded me. Last year was our 40th anniversary and we decided to get as many
couples we new that were married to the same spouse for over 25 years. We had
about 7. One of them was Don Delouise (sp?) and his wife, uh carol. So I
was asking carol "how long you been married?" She said "35 years." I asked Don
what it was like being married to carol for 35 years and he said, "enough is
Regis: What a nice way to spend
Martin: We renewed our vows
Regis: You did, were you nervous.
Martin: (tries to answer but
Kelly: Yeah, what if it doesn't work
Martin: No I think our
marriage is a foregone conclusion.
Regis: You know it wasn't until
after, that the staff research Martin's career that --
Regis: That I didn't know this
part in particular..
Martin: This isn't going to
surface during the campaign.
no no, you audition for the role of Michael Corleony in the god
Martin: Yeah I did, a lot of us
Regis: Yeah sure I'll bet. But
with this Irish face, I mean it's one thing for Robert Duvall to be the
counsellor. But how could you be Brando's kid?
Martin: At the time I was
doing the show in Los Angeles and I had very long hair and
a very long moustache. Francis asked me to come audition. I could do
it: One, I couldn't shave, and I couldn't get to New York. An
earthquake hit LA and they stopped shooting and I went to New York. There
is footage of me with this long hair and big moustache in a US army
Regis: It didn't
Martin: No it didn't work. I told
Francis it was ludicrous not to use Al Pacino, would be like
benching DiMaggio. It'd be a crime. he said yeah I know that but the
studio made me audition anyway.
Regis: We're here with Martin Sheen and his big movie
career. Who incidentally has a big movie coming out this December called
Catch Me If You Can. What a cast: Tom Hanks, yourself, Leonardo
DiCapprio, Steven Spielberg.
Martin: He's the star.
Regis: You've work with some great directors.
Martin: I've never worked with someone who I haven't
instantly adored. If you walked on the set, and didn't know what he looked like
you wouldn't know who the director was. It's because he's so low key.
He treats everyone the same. The cast and crew adore him easily and they'll do
anything for him.
Regis: Lets talk about the West Wing. You know what
Regis: You didn't win
the Emmy. I mean Marty...
Martin: Well we didn't win MVP but we won the game.
Honestly I was so thrilled for Michael. It changed his life, he almost
fainted. That man was struggling and just getting to this time in his life, it
was so gratifying.
Kelly: Look, he's actually holding his hands like the
president. (points to his hands. The camera comes in)
Regis: He thinks he's the president. It's gotten to Marty
Martin: (Laughs) I don't know what else to do
with them. It's this chair, they just come together.
Regis: How would you describe the character of this
Martin: It's a parallel universe, it's not the real deal
but we try to reflect a very progressive liberal administration. So the
character, of Bartlet, if you can perceive of such a thing is the amalgamation
of three presidents. John F. Kennedy, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.
Regis: So you use the qualities of these three men in your
Martin: Yeah there are elements of these three men present
Regis: And have you ever talked to these men.-- I don't
Regis: Come on now, come on. What does Clinton say about
Martin: Well I was at a fundraiser and he saw me and the
crowd. He said (imitating Clinton, very well I may add) "Thank God
there are no term limits on Martin Sheen."
Kelly: That was good.
Martin: I'm seeing him this afternoon there is a
fundraiser for the League of Conservation of Voters.
Kelly: You see that, not only do they get a past
president, they get a man they want to be the current president.
Regis: What'd she say?
Kelly: Listen I
knew what I meant.
Regis: Here's a scene now between President Bartlet and
the new secretary, played by Lilly Tomlin.
(College Kids: Final show
down with bartlet and fidderer about the arsenic.)
Regis: Marty I love the sound of your voice. When you
were narrating Apocalypse Now. It was NARRATION! Just wanted to tell you that, I
don't know why.
Kelly: You just wanted to get that out.
Regis: Yeah. The west wing airs tonight.......