Two And A Half Spider-Men? How Charlie Sheen Almost Played Peter Parker

Andrew Garfield, Tobey Maguire and… Charlie Sheen?

If the “Anger Management” star had had his way, he would have joined the ranks of actors gifted with the chance to play Spider-Man. In a time long before studios realized how much money they could make off comic book adaptations, Sheen said he tried to convince Orion Pictures (defunct as of 1998) to let him play our favorite webslinger.

“I had an office at Orion at the time, and I brought them Spider-Man,” Sheen told Jay Mohr on the new episode of his podcast, “Mohr Stories,” via THR. “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.'”

It did take around another decade (depending on when exactly Sheen pitched the idea) for a studio to pick up the rights to “Spider-Man,” and that decision ended up heading off the comic book film revolution. Sheen clearly is a little bitter about the fact that that he never got his time as the superhero.

“I had a guy in my pocket who was going to get [the rights to ’Spider-Man’] for me,” he claimed. As for Orion deciding not to go forward with the project, “They didn’t know s–t.”

Both Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” franchise and Marc Webb’s new take in “The Amazing Spider-Man” have done incredibly well for Columbia Pictures, the company that finally did say yes to the adaptation. With “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” on the way, maybe there is a role for Sheen in the film. We can just picture a hilarious cameo where he plays a fan of Spider-Man who dresses up in the superhero’s spandex costume. At least that’s one way of making his dream of playing Spidey become a reality!

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