Charlie Sheen has revealed that he tried to play Spider-Man before Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire.
The comic book superhero appeared in numerous animated and live-action TV series during the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. Later, the character spawned a trilogy of Hollywood blockbusters starring Tobey Maguire, which were released from 2002 to 2007.
The Spider-Man film franchise has since received a swift reboot from Marvel Entertainment and Columbia Pictures. Released this July (2012), The Amazing Spider-Man starring Andrew Garfield has grossed more than $704 million (£445 million) worldwide, and pair of sequels have been confirmed.
However, Sheen has now claimed that he tried to take Spider-Man to the big screen earlier, when he had a close working relationship with Orion Pictures, a movie studio that became defunct in 1998.
Recalling the pitch during a Mohr Stories podcast, Sheen said: “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.'”
According to Sheen, Orion’s lack of enthusiasm was the only obstacle to his Spider-Man film project. When asked whether he could have secured screen rights, he replied: “I had a guy in my pocket who was going to get them for me.” Coincidentally, the actor’s father, Martin Sheen, has a supporting role in The Amazing Spider-Man as Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben.