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Charlie Sheen: Why We Still Love Him!

by  |  March 24th, 2011  |  Blog

Studios won’t hire you, even though you screwed the same whores and ate the bullet for it. Yet they pull you aside at a party and say you’re their hero for the things you do.

~ Charlie Sheen (Variety Magazine, 1997)

With all that has been going on with Charlie Sheen of late, thought it would be refreshing to offer a possative perspective on things.

While the fate of Two and a Half Men is still yet to be determined, and the absurdity of continuing that show without Mr. Sheen is being foolishly considered, I wanted to remind everyone of reasons we still admire Charlie.

Regardless of his personal choices, whether it be Heidi Fleiss, his loyal army of porn stars and prostitutes or his use of substance and self medicating, Charlie Sheen has always owned his choices. He’s never tried to convince anyone that he is anything other than what he is. Good or bad, he has been very upfront with his choices and not presented himself to be a “big phony baloney”, by putting forward a fake “Hollywood Persona” only to be revealed later that he’s not that wholesome “boy next door”, that everyone thought he was. He has always been and always will be Charlie Sheen. As such, there really aren’t any surprises or disappointments that should be of issue.

Matthew Dowling outside Warner Bros. Studios, where hangs a 40' banner advertising their show, Two and a Half Men (photo by Candace Valentino 3/11/11)

In fact, I find it interesting that Charlie Sheen plays an alcoholic, drug using, promiscuous, womanizing character namesd Charlie on Two and a Half Men, to great critical and hilarious acclaim, and is loved for this and invited to be in peoples homes every week. A character on a show that must have been written specifically for Charlie, or was it just coincidence and inspired casting? Why would one get Charlie Sheen to play such a character?

Is it perhaps because of the similarities that parallel who he is? Interesting that when it’s just a “TV Show” that it’s funny, but if it’s at all real life, lets just condemn him. Man, people can be so quick to turn their backs on our public figures and heroes.

It is my thought, that rather than having a “public breakdown” that the media seems to love labeling him with, that Mr. Charlie Sheen’s priorities are… shifting. That maybe Charlie’s transforming into, dare I say, adulthood. That Charlie is tired of things being one way, saying “It got boring, I was bored with it all”. Maybe charlie is ready for bigger and better things. That he doesn’t want to be handed the “smoking gun” for the demise of the TV show.

Perhaps Charlie, wants to challenge himself. Regardless, if someone says things like “Winning” or “Tigers Blood” or “Adonis DNA”, it is an affirmation they tell themselves to make themselves strong. Words with a meaning to that individual meant to strengthen and reinforce their personal fight to make changes. These shouldn’t be funny words, and shouldn’t be made fun of or used so casually as a punchline to be hash tagged on Twitter.

I also want to be on record saying I support Charlie efforts to move his life in a positive direction and believe that he knows exactly what he’s doing. Lets just say, that the best of Charlie Sheen is yet to come, but as time goes on, all will bill revealed!

Join me for a look at some favorite films of Charlie Sheen and try to remember why we still love him.

Charlie Sheen with brother Emilio Estevez.

Maybe for me and my peers, we’ve gotten a lot of power too quickly. I’m not a celebrity. I don’t sing or dance, so I act. All the public sees is the autograph signing and the sunglasses. They don’t see the 16-hour days, the last-minute rewrites and the hell that goes into movies.

~ Charlie Sheen ~

In 1984, Charlie Sheen and his screen brother Patrick Swayze lead a group of teenagers against Russian forces that have invaded Colorado in… Red Dawn.

In 1986 Charlie added Lucas, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Wraith and Platoon to his resume. Giving him a chance to work with John Hughes and Oliver Stone.

1987 brought Charlie Sheen up against D.B. Sweeney as car thief and cop in this classic 80’s crime thriller… No Man’s Land.

1988 Charlie Sheen starred with his real life brother Emilio Estevez (who opted to keep the real family name) in the Western film based on events surrounding Billy the Kid in… Young Guns.

In 1989, Charlie hit a home run straight into our hearts playing a baseball athlete who must overcome his handicap and wear glasses in the comedy… Major League.

1990 brought a new decade, and Charlie reunited with his bro Emilio, who also directed the zany “Buddy Comedy” in the tradition of Weekend at Bernie’s. The 2 play garbage men who find a dead body on their garbage route in this very personal favorite of mine… Men at Work.

Later that same year, Charlie takes on his old man, Martin Sheen and Laurence Fishburne, in the little seen and underrated film… Cadence.

Yet again in 1990, Charlie plays a rookie cop paired with bitter and seasoned veteran Clint Eastwood in the “Buddy Cop” movie… The Rookie. Another personal fav.

In 1993 Charlie went all Disney as a Musketeer reuniting with his Young Guns co-star Keifer Sutherland in… The Three Musketeers.

In 1994 Charlie is being chased by Henry Rollins, Flea and Anthony Keidis in the action comedy that almost entirely takes place in a car, in… The Chase.

In 2009, on behalf of the public, Charlie Sheen demanded answers for the 9/11 attacks in NY from President Barack Obama in… This Video.


Matthew Dowling, a native Philadelphian, now residing in Los Angeles, is an actor, writer and film maker. Matt's training with 2nd City, and numerous appearances in TV shows, movies, theater, infomercials, and most importantly... B movies, has prepared him for making B Movie recommendations.

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