MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Award winning actor Martin Sheen has signed on to narrate a documentary focusing on former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman, convicted on corruption charges in 2006 and sentenced to seven years in prison.
Sheen, 75, has appeared in numerous roles over a multi-decade career, including 1993's Gettysburg, 2014's Selma, and the television drama The West Wing. The actor has also lent his voice to dozens of documentaries over the years.
In addition to Sheen's voice work, the Siegelman documentary is being produced by Academy Award Winner Maria Florio and actor/activist Mimi Kennedy.
Ardent supports of the longtime Alabama politician formed the FreeDon Movement following his conviction and are currently producing Killing 'Atticus Finch', named for the main character in Alabama native Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird.
Organizers say they want to finish the documentary ahead of the 2016 presidential election to "reveal, expose, and remind" voters of "corrupt politicos" whom they believe are responsible for unfairly prosecuting Siegelman, "because he was a political threat..."
Siegelman served as Alabama's governor from 1999 until 2003. He is the only person to ever hold four of the state's constitutional offices (Governor, Lt. Gov., Attorney General, and Secretary of State), a feat accomplished over the span of a 26-year political career.
The former governor unsuccessfully appealed his conviction in 2009 and 2014. He is not slated for release from prison until 2017.