Oliver Stone says he doesn’t ‘recognise’ Charlie Sheen

Stone speaks out for 25th anniversary of 'Platoon'

Platoon director Oliver Stone has heaped praise on Charlie Sheen for his performance in their Vietnam war classic – but has said he doesn’t “recognise” him now.

As Sheen‘s personal life continues to play out dramatically in public, Stone has looked back and remembered the young actor’s performance in their 1986 film on its 25th anniversary year.

He told Entertainment Weekly: “Charlie was a dumb-struck 17 year-old the first time he came in for the film, back when we were going to make it in ’84. And in those two years, he’d grown and seemed perfectly wide-eyed and had a vaguely privileged look. I think he did a great job. He was perfect for the movie. He conveys the horror of the place. I like his performance.”

But while admitting to still having a fondness for the controversial actor, Stone admitted to not understanding his recent behaviour.

He said: “Well, it’s not the Charlie I recognise from several years ago when we did Wall Street and Platoon. This is another character. He’s grown in so many different directions and he’s made so much money… I have no idea.”