"All I can do for Charlie, and I can't live his life for him, is to try to be an example," he said in an interview with Britain's Sunday Times last month. "But, really, I was a pretty poor one. As a kid, I was smart enough to be surreptitious about all my misbehavior, or at least stealthy. But it means that my opinions carry little weight with Charlie."
Perhaps Estevez has adopted the same attitude to his younger brother as their parents did to their four children. In his interview with the Telegraph, Estevez described how his mom and dad let him run wild on the set of "Apocalypse Now," figuring that if he went off the deep end, they had enough kids around to make up for the loss.
"'My father and mother, neither of them cared if Larry Fishburne [Martin Sheen's teenage co-star] and I jumped in a jitney and went to Manila for the weekend," he said. "President Marcos was in power, martial law was in effect, and you were shot on sight if you were seen on the street after 1am. What were they thinking?'"
Estevez said he recently asked his parents that question: "Their reply was, 'We had four of you. If we had to lose one, we would. We were just trying to survive.'"