Sheen talks steroids, hanging with Colin Farrell and romancing with the ladies on set
Former "Two and Half Men" and famed star of movies such as "Platoon" and "Wall Street", Charlie Sheen has admitted that he took preparation for the 1989 "Major League" movie to the extreme. He revealed that he was taking steroid up to eight times a week.
Speaking to Sports Illustrated the actor said "Let’s just say that I was enhancing my performance a little bit. It was the only time I ever did steroids…I did them for like six or eight weeks…You can print this… my fastball went from 79 to like 85.”
The actor was interviewed for the "Where Are They Now?" issue of Sports Illustrated.
He also spoke about how the comedy has endured all these years and how he watched the movie recently with his Brian Wilson, Eddie Murray, Kenny Lofton, David Ward and Dublin's own Colin Farrell.
He said "We had this party at my place a few months ago to watch ‘Major League.’ It was awesome. The beard was there — Brian Wilson, from the [San Francisco] Giants. We had [former pro baseball players] Eddie Murray and Kenny Lofton. And I got David Ward to introduce the film. Colin Farrell showed up. And when my big strikeout at the end comes on, the place goes nuts like we’ve never even seen the movie before,”
He continued “I’m in between my two girlfriends, and I look over and there’s Colin Farrell giving me a thumbs-up. I reach behind me for a fist bump from Brian Wilson, who goes, ‘Winning!’ I’m telling you, [director] David Ward created a baseball classic, and baseball is all that matters in the world. _________________
The troubled actor also spoke about how his character, Ricky Vaughn’s, signature hairstyle combined with his steroid use was a dangerous combination. “I didn’t like the haircut because it generated so many comments in bars. I’ve got enough of that already. Add that to the mix and it’s a recipe for a fistfight."
However Sheen admitted that the physical demands of filming the movie cut down on the number of female visitors he had on set. He said "It wasn’t as bad as on ‘Young Guns’ [a year earlier]. We made that one in Santa Fe, and you would fly into Albuquerque and drive to Santa Fe on this two-lane highway. Literally, the girls that were leaving would pass the ones coming in.
He said "'Major League’ was so physically demanding that you didn’t have a lot of time for that. You’re lying in bed and everything [hurts], and you’re thinking, I have to pitch tomorrow?! But there were certain days that we’d look at the schedule for the next day and be like, ‘Gentlemen, tonight we ride.’”