When Charlie Sheen was only 18, long before the rants about winning and shortly before his performance in Oscar-winning Platoon, Sheen landed his first role in the comedy classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Sheen appears on screen for only a few minutes, but within that time he manages to make Jennifer Grey make out with him and become a complete giggly-girl over him, despite the fact that she seemed less than enthused with him a few minutes earlier.
Sheen as the boy in the police station already made an impression on audiences everywhere. His first line, “drugs?”, foreshadows Sheen’s personal future. His character’s wit, charisma and drug use reflects Sheen as both a person and in actor. After Platoon and Wall Street, Charlie Sheen took a lower role in the slapstick comedy Hot Shots from the makers of Airplane! Sheen is perhaps best known for his role as Charlie Harper on the wildly popular show Two and a Half Men. Originally a Golden Globe nominated role, Sheen became increasingly more criticized for his similarities to the character in terms of the drinking and womanizing. Also, the name of the last full season of Two and Half Men's finale is "This Can't End Well". Perhaps this is the writers hinting at the end of the show (at least the end of the show for Charlie).
After Charlie Sheen was fired from Two and a Half Men, his drug use, alcohol abuse and allegations of domestic violence became topics often discussed in the media. To what extent did Sheen become the older version of the character he played in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? Has Sheen irreversibly wrecked his career and essentially his life? Or will he get clean and make a comeback, just like stars Robert Downey Jr. or Drew Barrymore.