Charlie Sheen once had dreams of being Spider-Man.
Sheen explained his desire to play Spider-Man's Peter Parker during an interview with Jay Mohr on his podcast, Mohr Stories.
"I had an office at Orion at the time, and I brought them Spider-Man," Sheen told Mohr, according to Yahoo! TV. "I said, 'Look, in a couple of years, I'll be too old to play Peter Parker.' And they said, 'Yeah, we're just thinking that cartoons are not the future, comic books are not the future.' And I said, 'But it's Spider-Man, I'm perfect.' And they were like, 'Nah, we're gonna wait.' ... They didn't know shit."
Orion Pictures was a production company that operated from 1978 to 1998 until it was sold to MGM. It was behind films such as "Mississippi Burning," "Dances with Wolves" and "The Silence of the Lambs." A Spider-Man flick would not have necessarily fit into the lineup when Sheen proposed it years ago. Although, if his claims are true, Sheen was definitely ahead of the superhero curve.
Sony wound up producing "Spider-Man" in 2002, starring actor Toby Maguire as Peter Parker. Martin Sheen, Charlie's father, was cast as Uncle Ben in Sony's "The Amazing Spider-Man" starring Andrew Garfield, which hit theaters in July.
Sheen does have his plate full, regardless of his missed opportunity at playing Parker.
He will star in Roman Coppola's "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III" as a brokenhearted playboy alongside Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman, who play his best friends, Entertainment Weekly reported.
This role is certainly a big score for Sheen, whose stability has been questioned due to his past drug use and that whole "Winning!" thing.
Coppola thought the 46-year-old actor was the best pick for the role.
"Charlie is so perfect for the role, but he’s not perfect because of the public profile we’ve seen in the news," the director explained to EW. "He’s incredibly talented as an actor, he has tons of charisma, he’s very witty. He’s very funny and charming. You can use your charm sometimes as a problem solver — and my character, that’s what he’s been doing. He’s been sliding through on life, using his charm and wit and charisma to get past some problems. But the problems are still there, and that’s the story of the movie."
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