Charlie Sheen Almost Played ‘Spider-Man’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 15th, 2013 at 11:57 am,

Fans were skeptical when it was first announced that Andrew Garfield – best known for his memorable supporting work in The Social Network – would take over the role of Peter Parker in this year’s The Amazing Spider-man (and subsequent sequels).

After all, Tobey Maguire had portrayed the webslinger in Sam Raimi’s smash Spider-man trilogy – becoming “the” Peter Parker for many movie fans. As it turns out, though, none other than Charlie Sheen almost beat Maguire to the original role.

Appearing on Jay Mohr’s new podcast Mohr Stories, Sheen – whose series Anger Management just received a massive 90-episode pickup – described the circumstances that nearly led to him donning the iconic red and blue costume:

“I had an office at Orion at the time, 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.’ And they were like, ‘Nah, we’re gonna wait.’”

Sheen admits that he hadn’t yet acquired the rights – though he “had a guy in [his] pocket who was going to get them.

A few years after Sheen’s brush with superhero-dom, Orion – which brought us Oscar winners like Platoon (which, incidentally, featured a young Sheen) and The Silence of the Lambs – fell into bankruptcy. The production company’s premonition about the audience’s dwindling interest in comic book properties has, of course, been proven unequivocally wrong, with The Avengers and The Dark Knight sitting comfortably among the worldwide top grossers.

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Could Charlie Sheen have been behind this mask?

Sheen as Spider-man might be hard to imagine, as the former Two and a Half Men star has since established himself as one of Hollywood’s most famous bad boys. Picturing him in glasses as a geeky kid destined to cross paths with a radioactive spider sounds like a bit of a stretch, but it’s certainly fun to speculate on what such a film would have looked like – especially now that Sheen’s real-life father, Martin Sheen, played Uncle Ben in The Amazing Spider-Man.

While superhero Sheen might be a pipe dream at this point, fans eagerly await the next installment of the current Spider-man franchise. The Amazing Spider-man 2 (likely not the actual title) swings into theaters on May 2, 2014.


Do you think Sheen would have made a good Spidey, Screen Rant readers? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Mohr Stories [via THR]

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  1. Even if Sheen had been in his 20s, I don’t see him playing Peter Parker. He’s not the right personality for it.

    • Sheen might be an arrogant, egotistic jerk, but the man is a great actor. I think a young Charlie Sheen would have made the role of Peter Parker his own.

  2. I remember some talk of this in the early 90′s. That’s when James Cameron was rumored to have a desire to direct a Spider-man movie, and the film rights were bouncing around from big name studios like Corloco. The casting idea didn’t seem at all far fetched. He had a build that could be Peter Parker. He had the hair. And his most famous roles were Platoon and Wall Street, not Two and a Half Men, or his most famous overshadowing role: Himself.

    • I remember, that James Cameron wanted Leonardo di Caprio as Peter Parker, after Titanic, but he didn’t get the rights.

      At first I was pleased back then (James Cameron making Spiderman, yes please), but shocked that he wants Leonardo as Peter P.(when he was a young actor, I didn’t liked him).

  3. Today is April fools day right???

  4. Maybe 20 years ago but in this day and age? Hell no.

  5. Whew, that was a close call.

  6. That would of never worked not even back then, I just can’t picture sheen as peter parker/spidey he just doesn’t fit the part. They definately dodged a bullet there didn’t they. :D

  7. Sorry Charlie.

  8. He would of been awesome. Better than this English kid (already forgot his name)

  9. lol the “english kid” is the new spidey we`re talking about the old one. also why is something that “almost happened” but didn`t brought what meaning or significance does it have if it didn`t happen it doesn`t matter what matters is the reality also by far tobey maguire except for being too short is better than garfield and sheen

  10. oh yeah by far, i don`t know about garfield but sheen wouldn`t have played the role right and i think maguire is the best but the other 2 guys are more of a hotties

  11. oh yeah by far, i don`t know about garfield but sheen wouldn`t have played the role right and i think maguire is the best but the other 2 guys are more of a pair of hotties

  12. oh yeah by far, i don`t know about garfield but sheen wouldn`t have played the role right and i think maguire is the best of anyone we can get and this new franchise is nothing like the old one to me

  13. oops, sorry, that 2nd one got me a message that it was duplicating something in the first one so i meant for the 2nd one to be turn the 3rd one although yeah everything i said is m opinion

    • i didn`t mean to include the word turn

  14. m opinion

  15. my opinion

  16. Maybe a low quality tv movie but not a Hollywood one

  17. i know charlie sheen as spiderman doesnt sound right now, but i just watched red dawn again, and i could easily see that charlie playing peter.

  18. Yeah I can see an earlier Sheen as a decent Spiderman. Although he’s got better eyebrows for Batman.

  19. No.

  20. Charlie Sheen…SPINNING!

  21. Right. And Sean Young “almost” played Catwoman.

  22. I dunno… he doesn’t seem like a good fit for Spidey, but then again, I wasn’t around 20 years ago, and I haven’t seen any movies that stars him in his early years, so I wouldn’t know if a young Charlie Sheen would have worked out or not.

    Aw well, we got Garfield now! He played the part wonderfully IMO and I can’t wait to see the sequel.

  23. sheen had never looked like parker, anyone else but not pete. if you look back at sheens carrier he did always made coolstuff, if it failed or if it was good at the end i always found him cool,but forget peter !

  24. If this is Red Dawn age Charlie Sheen, I can see him pulling it off.

  25. Nah, can’t see it and wouldn’t have liked it. If anything an eighties take on Spider-Man would’ve been really cool with Michael J. Fox as Peter, Robert Downey Jr. as Harry, and of course Jeff Goldblum as the Lizard.

  26. Hell, even Tom Hanks could’ve been good back in the eighties based on his performance in Big.

  27. I grew up reading about a Spiderman who is married to a soap opera actor. *shrugs* I am waiting for an adult Spiderman movie.