Oliver Stone, who cast Charlie Sheen in his breakthrough role in 1986’s “Platoon,” says the actor has squandered his talent, but also knows he probably isn’t concerned about it.
“He has a lot of money, he doesn’t care,” Stone told Page Six with a laugh. “I mean, frankly, he’s wealthy, but I think he had more potential and he didn’t use it.”
He further said, “After ‘Wall Street’ he kind of went into these movies for money, to make money. He had comic talent, no question. If you watch his other performances he definitely had something, he just had to develop as an actor.”
Sheen went on to star in the wildly successful sitcom “Two and a Half Men,” but was fired in 2011 after making derogatory comments about series creator Chuck Lorre. At the time, he was the highest-paid actor on television, making $1.8 million per episode.
Stone’s new book, “Chasing the Light,” also reveals that Sheen almost didn’t land the role in the Oscar-winning war film.
Producers wanted a hot new actor named Keanu Reeves for “Platoon,” but according to Stone, Reeves declined because it was too violent. Stone found that odd because Reeves went on to do the “John Wick” series, telling us: “He’s been in pretty violent movies.”
The 73-year-old director also writes that he partook in the cocaine use that ran rampant in Hollywood in the late ’70s and ’80s, but decamped to Paris to get clean after he became addicted.
Stone, who calls himself “semi-retired,” is currently working on two new documentaries, one about climate change based on the book “A Bright Future,” and yet another look into the JFK assassination.
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