Charlie Sheen these days is known for many things. His frivolity off camera, his womanizing, his poor health, being fired from Two and a Half Men and becoming a viral sensation after making the word "winning" a meme around the globe. But sitting down with THR, the controversial actor explains that he is feeling as good as ever soaking up the World Series, an event that is rekindling a famed franchise he was apart of.
Starring in the 1989 sports comedy Major League, where Sheen portrayed a Cleveland Indians pitcher named Ricky the "Wild Thing" Vaughn, the film scored a hat trick by making good coin at the box office ($49.8m from an $11m budget). All while impressing the critics and earning a cult following in the years to come.
The sequel Major League II saw Sheen returning to the role, but it failed to live up to the hype. Then there was that third installment, Major League: Back to the Minors, which went forward without his involvement.
Comedy Movie With Heart The Key
Sheen explains that the framework is already in place to recapture the narrative of his character and bring him back to the baseball fold.
"David Ward (who wrote and directed the movie) wrote the script for Major League 3, which is as good as the first one," says Sheen. "ML3 has as much heart, as much comedy as the original." But issues with rights and the studio have stalled the project for a number of years. "We have been trying to get it done for a few years," he states. "There have been some hang-ups with the rights."
R-Rated Riches To Rags Script Already In Place
With R-rated movies back in vogue, Sheen sees the window opening for ML4. Just as long as it can get the green light. He explains the story is ready to go.
"You find the Vaughn character selling cars and his arm is so shot that if you buy a car from him, he'll play catch with your kid in the parking lot," explains Sheen. "And then there is an ex who shows up, who he had a tryst with a couple decades ago, and she has a twentysomething kid, who is now in the Cleveland organization, throwing about 102 mph. So, the story pretty much focuses on that. The kid does not like me. We do not like each other. It bookends our story, but it also passes the torch."
Has a little bit of an Eastbound & Down vibe about it, but given the feel good factor around the sport with the Cleveland Indians involved, why not?