Emilio says his brother, actor Charlie Sheen, helped start a chain of events that made achieving his dream possible. "My parents, I believe, dispatched my brother to my house because I think they were nervous about where I was at emotionally," Emilio says in an interview. "He came over and he said, 'Can I see those 30 pages, brother?'"
Charlie read Emilio's script in the backyard and returned with an important message. "He said, 'You have to go finish this. … You have to do this. This is potentially your life's work. It will change your life if you finish it,'" Emilio recalls.
At his brother's urging, Emilio got in his car and started driving. He checked into a Pismo Beach, California, motel. There, a woman recognized him and asked him why he was there. "I said, 'Well, I'm working on a film about the day Bobby Kennedy was shot.'" Emilio says. "'My God,' she said, 'I was there.'"