Charlie Sheen almost played Spider-Man?!

Long before Tobey Maquire and Andrew Garfield stepped into the shoes of Peter Parker, there were plans to make Spider-Man into a full-length film all the way back in 1985. It wasn’t until 1999, when Sony Pictures obtained the rights that the film actually began to take shape.

Recently, Charlie Sheen talked to Jay Mohr about how he almost snagged the rights and the role of Spider-man.

“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,’ revealed Sheen. ‘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.’ I had a guy in my pocket who was going to get the rights for me, They didn’t know s–t.”

With how well Comic Book movies have been topping the box-office left and right, I’m sure the former head of the now non-existent Orion Pictures is kicking himself right now.

Charlie Sheen is not the only actor that nearly web-swinged onto the big screen. Tom Cruise was another name that was thrown around in one of the early doomed to fail Spider-Man productions. Even esteemed British actor Bob Hoskins was being considered for the role of Doctor Octopus. At one time,  James Cameron was slated to direct the film and even turned in a 47 paged treatment. Hot off True Lies, Cameron noted that his ideal candidate for Doc Ock was none other than the Governator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

How weird would that have been? Does anyone else remember Arnold’s “classic” performance as Mr.Freeze in Batman and Robin?

Source: Heat Vision


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