Actor-turned director Emilio Estevez (The Mighty Ducks, The Breakfast Club, Repo Man) is gearing up for the release of his new film Bobby, which revisits the night that Democratic presidential hopeful Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles on the campaign trail of the turbulent 1968 election.
Estevez plans to host a discussion between the double feature screening of Bobby and The War at Home, a film from 1996 that he starred in and directed, about a Vietnam veteran forced to confront past demons and memories of the war over the course of a Thanksgiving dinner in 1972. The screenings start at 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 10th, at the Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. Tickets are $10.
Bobby’s star-filled cast, including Harry Belafonte, Laurence Fishburne, Heather Graham, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Hunt, Ashton Kutcher, Lindsay Lohan, William H. Macy, Demi Moore, Christian Slater, Sharon Stone, Elijah Wood, Estevez himself and his real-life dad Martin Sheen, follows the paths of 22 fictionalized individuals who are all at the Ambassador Hotel for different reasons, but all share a common anticipation of Kennedy’s arrival and the planned primary election night party. In the case of all 22 characters, the night changes their lives forever.
In addition to the historic setting, the film brings to the viewer’s attention the cultural issues that gripped the country at the time, including racism, sexual inequality and resentment between rich and poor.
The eldest son of acclaimed actor Martin Sheen, known for using his celebrity to promote liberal and especially anti-war causes, Estevez follows in his father’s footsteps with Bobby, evoking notions of how different a turn politics and world events might have taken, had anti-war candidate Kennedy not been assassinated, and succeeded in being elected president.
It is said that Estevez did not take his father’s stage surname Sheen because he wanted to make a name for himself without resorting to using the family name-recognition. Estevez attended school locally at Santa Monica High School for a time in the late 1970s.
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