Legendary actor Martin Sheen spoke to a sold-out crowd at the Madinat Jumeirah on Monday as part of the Dubai International Film Festival.
In a career spanning over five decades, Sheen has worked with Hollywood’s most prominent players, including Francis Ford Coppola, Terrence Malick, Oliver Stone and Martin Scorsese.
Referencing his work with Scorsese, Sheen said: "I adore Martin Scorsese and would jump at the opportunity to work with him again. He had a love of actors that I have never seen a director express before,” and talking about his future ambitions Sheen added: "I’d love to work with the Coen brothers. I'm very intrigued by their work".
The 73-year-old also spoke about how he decided to sort his life out as he approached his 40th birthday. He said: “You know when I got into my late thirties I began to focus on being less fragmentated. I was a husband and a father and an actor, but I was so terribly fragmented I couldn’t focus on who I was.
“So I brought everything together and I began to lead a very honest and very happy life. I don’t mean that there is no difficulty. On the contrary, there are many more problems. But my approach to dealing with them is far less anxiety driven, with far less anger and resentment. I’ve learned to embrace every side. I’ve realised that this is the only way you’re going to grow.”
His conversation with Nashen Moodley covered a range of topics including his experience of fame, his life-long dedication to activism, and cherished moments of his career.