Can you imagine a chain smoking Spider-Man? It almost became a reality a few years ago when Charlie Sheen tried to buy the rights to the comic book.
According to the Entertainment.ie, Sheen had an office at Orion Studios, and he tried to convince them to produce a live-action Spider-Man movie with him in the lead.
“I had an office at Orion and I brought them Spider-Man. 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.’ I had a guy who was going to get the rights for me.”
But Orion Studios, which stopped producing movies in the 1990s, passed on the idea.
Sheen said that he can only think of two possible reasons why Orion passed up on his Spider-Man idea. Either they “didn’t know sh*t” or they didn’t feel comfortable taking big budget movie pitches from “some coke head who turned up to the offices with his pants over his Bermuda shorts babbling about Spider-Man.
Sheen may have never gotten the chance to be Spider-Man, but his career’s done pretty well anyways. The former star of Two and a Half Men just had his new show, Anger Management, get picked up for another 90-episodes.