Martin Sheen's Irish fans launch presidential campaign
Published Aug 17 2011, 19:23 BST | By Tara Fowler
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Fans have backed Apocalypse Now
star Martin Sheen
for the Irish presidency.
The actor's devotees have launched social networking campaigns on Twitter and Facebook naming Sheen as their favourite for the nation's highest office.
Sheen, who starred as the fictional US president Josiah Bartlet on The West Wing
from 1999 to 2006, is apparently unaware of the campaign in his name.
"This is quite some news," Sheen's publicist Steve Rohr told the Irish Daily Star
. "I am not sure at this point if Mr Sheen is aware of this campaign on his behalf."
The actor, who is the father of former Two and a Half Men
star Charlie Sheen, has gained a remarkable number of supporters, including Britain's former deputy Prime Minister John Prescott.
"Martin Sheen for Irish President - a winning candidate!" Prescott insisted. "Get him in the race."
Sheen is an Irish citizen thanks to his late mother Mary Ann, who hailed from the country.
The actor can be seen next in The Amazing Spider-Man, which opens on July 3, 2012
In March, Sheen spoke out about his son's struggles with alcohol and drug addiction
, revealing that he sympathises with his son's plight because of his own past breakdowns.
Watch a trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man