Speaking on the podcast ‘Mohr Stories’ with Jay Mohr, Sheen reveals that during the mid-80s, he wanted to don the red and blue spandex, even when everyone else was telling him comic book movies would never catch on:
“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.'”
That was just one of many bad choices Orion made, considering their bankruptcy…But what about the rights to the characters? In a way only Sheen can, he says he had it all under control:
“I had a guy in my pocket who was going to get them for me.”
That sounds like the Charlie I know!
The real question is could you have seen Sheen in the role?