Charlie Sheen in talks for 'Scary Movie 5' cameo. He should drop the 'winning' schtick to truly win.


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Charlie Sheen made appearances in both 2003’s and 2006’s spoof fests Scary Movie 3 and Scary Movie 4, respectively. Of course, that was a simpler time, before Charlie Sheen had truly become the Charlie Sheen we know now. But now Dimension, the studio behind the wildly successful Scary Movie franchise, confirmed to EW that Sheen is, in fact, “discussing a role” for the upcoming Scary Movie 5. But which Sheen will we see? Or want to see, for that matter?

While studio is not sure “if it’s going to be possible” to nab Sheen, who they call “a friend of the franchise,” we still can’t help but imagine the possibilities for a fifth installment. After all, Sheen could have some options: We can’t guarantee that he’ll resurrect his role as Scary Movie 3 and 4‘s doomed Tom Logan. That character’s as dead as Charlie Harper. So is it out of the realm of possibility that Sheen might want to play a character who’s living and larger than life: Sheen himself?

Sheen playing himself would make sense in the world of Scary Movie. As is so often the case with quickly-churned-out parody flicks (Meet the Spartans, Date Movie, Vampires Suck), whatever is a pop culture trend at the time the movie is being written or filmed will likely wind up in the final product. In other words, don’t be surprised to hear references to “goddesses” and, of course, “winning.” In fact, be surprised if you don’t hear references to “goddesses” and “winning.”

Yet, I’d have to advise against Sheen taking advantage of his “winning” schtick on screen. Jokes referencing the actor’s post-Two and a Half Men media meltdown already felt dated on a recent episode of Jersey Shore, so imagine how old they’ll feel in a movie released in 2012. It reminds me of whenever those Now That’s What I Call Music albums were released: You loved hearing the tunes on the radio, but by the the record came out, you can’t help but think, “Yeesh! Enough already!”

Plus, it seems Sheen isn’t even sure which version of himself to portray in the public anymore. The 46-year-old had a chance to play self-aware at both the Emmys and his Comedy Central Roast, but it seems even he couldn’t decide whether or not to continue his current routine as the unflappable renegade or shift into the apologetic and seemingly sincere Sheen. So instead of delivering a stilted, disoriented performance (he even seems tired of all his own catchphrases now), why not ditch the warlock persona altogether? In the midst of all this Sheen madness, it’s been easy to forget that the guy is actually a gifted comedic actor (see: Major League, Hot Shots!).

So I advise Sheen to take Neil Patrick Harris’ advice. In the current issue of Entertainment Weekly, NPH talks about seizing the opportunity to play a very against-type version of himself in the cult 2004 comedy Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle. Not only did Harris become the highlight of the movie, but it single-handedly helped revive his career as a funny guy who didn’t take himself — or his television past — too seriously. It was the most winning combination of all. So, please, Mr. Sheen, for the first time in a long time, give us the opportunity to watch you act. Because if I see anything on screen resembling the “winning” man formerly known as Charlie Harper, I’ll feel like I’m losing just buying a ticket.

What do you think of the possibility of Charlie Sheen in Scary Movie 5, PopWatchers? Do you think he should play a self-aware version of himself? Or an extreme, polar opposite one of himself, à la Neil Patrick Harris in Harold & Kumar? Or will the Scary Movie writers depend on Sheen’s current state of mania for laughs?

(Reporting by Kate Ward)

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Comments (23 total) Add your comment
  • Michael Sacal

    Chris Elliot and Carmen Elektra played different characters in two or more of this movies, so Sheen can play anyone that isn’t related to his previous character.

    • mimi

      are you ok?

  • Robert Taylor

    Sheen was the star of the third and just had a cameo in the fourth.

  • eliott256

    He didn’t cameo in SM3, he starred in it, he was the male lead

  • Ronald Sutherland

    Charlie Sheen had such a promising career and I am so disappointed to see the direction that his life and career has gone. He has done some great movies in his time such as Wall Street (1987), The Three Musketeers (1993), The Arrival (1996), Shadow Conspiracy (1997), Postmortem (1998), etc. I always wanted him to just do mainstream movies, particularly serious films and dramas, try to reach his full potential as an actor, join the A-list and try to win an Oscar. But now I have just given up on him. He hasn’t surpassed his father, Martin Sheen who still gets better roles and does bigger movies and he has become the laughing stock of Hollywood.

    • jessup

      Wall Street and The Arrival, both very good movies, maybe even great in some ways. The rest you mentioned, mediocre at best. Sheen is a gifted TV actor, and it ends there.

      • Lux Lisbon

        i disagree, Charlie Sheen was a movie star far before being on tv and he was a young successful movie star, the only reason why he did not become a Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt or Johnny Depp (who is friend with him by the way) superstar was because of his drug/alcohol addictions. But it is not too late imo depends what he wants to do, also one thing he loves is money and it doesn’t always favor his choices of career, if now he does the good choices he will be bigger than ever. Let’s watch the Roman Coppola movie..

    • Lisa

      Wow, Charlie Sheen had a fall but the best part of all this madness is that he got back up, sad to say many people focus on the negative and not see positive, Charlie Sheen is an Awesome Actor!!

  • Flip

    None of this matters if Anna Faris isn’t in it.

    • Paul

      Bree Olson is looking for mainstream work and is an Anna Faris look-a-like. She could handled the Goddess quote.

  • Juliet

    I don’t like the self-ritghteous and lecturing tone of your paper Aly but at the end i quite agree with you, it would be a smart move for him to play a very-against-type version of himself (well he is multi-faceted this Sheen so of his several self..ha)
    But i fear that the studios will want to use his internet icon persona of several months..we will see, anyway after that i hope he chose more challenging and different characters in movies directed by great filmakers (we know he does Scary movie for the paycheck)..already i am looking forward to watch the Roman Coppola will be maybe a meta version of his sometimes ‘wild’ real life but it could be great with a Coppola vision..
    After that hope he will take great different roles.

  • LOL

    America loves crap.

  • iHeart

    1) what took them so long to make a 5th scary movie?
    2) didn’t his character die in the 4th one

  • Jiji Moran

    I agree, Anna Farris is the star and should be in it, as are at least one of the Wayan brothers, and the lady who plays Brenda.

    Charlie was awesome in SM#3, and also for the short take on SM#4.

    He can just be brought back to life. After all, Brenda has died in previous SMs, and she’s back in every one. She was torn to pieces in SM#3, and she was back on SM#4.

    I love Scary Movies!

  • David Addison

    Charlie should make a film with Roman Polanski. Group the degenerates together so it’s easier to keep an eye on them.

    • David Addison: poster boy for silliness

      wow what a ‘degenerate’ comment degenerate David Addison, but i agree about one thing : Charlie Sheen in a Polanski movie would be awesome, Polanski is a genius of cinema and Sheen has charisma and is a good actor, so yeah i am for it, obviously it is not your reasons but what can i say : i am not a degenerate me !

  • Scott

    Scary Movie 5? Seriously? Is there actually an audience for this? If you drive to a movie theater, take out your own money and use it to purchase a ticket to Scary Movie 5, you should immediately be institutionalized in a mental health facility.

    • Thug Nasty

      why dont you go read a shakespeare book huh? just get, get outta here

      • Margot

        hey you can do both : going to see a Scary movie to have some shallow fun and going to read some shakespeare book for a shallow maybe smarter fun, imo Scott doesn’t do neither..not smart enough, not fun enough..but I DO !

  • Jiji Moran

    Scary Movie 4 opened as a record breaker Easter weekend movie. It got $41 million that first week. So, many millions of people need to head to the MHF, as you mentioned.

  • hopefully!!!!

    they should make a new movie about the cannonball run and bring charlie as the new burt reynolds that would be kool

  • Fer

    Hell yeah

  • wade

    charlie sheen is a great actor he should be in scary movie 5 or even in the main role

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