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updated 3/5/2011 11:52:57 AM ET 2011-03-05T16:52:57

When CBS and Warner Bros. shut down the television series "Two and a Half Men" on Feb. 24 after actor Charlie Sheen launched a rant against the show's producer that some interpreted as anti-Semitic (a charge Sheen has denied in interviews), executives involved with the top-rated sitcom rushed to their calculators to tally the damage.

There are plenty of losses to go around. First, Sheen stands to lose his roughly $2 million-per-show salary. The star's partying had already cost the show's almost-300-member crew four weeks of lost work while he was in rehab. By canceling the final four episodes of the season, Warner Bros. says it will have only 16 to sell this year in the lucrative rerun market, rather than the 24 it had planned. That will lower Warner's expected revenue by $12 million, according to a person familiar with the show's finances. Warner Bros. spokesman Paul McGuire declined comment. Sheen in television interviews has threatened to sue Warner and CBS over his lost pay.

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While Sheen aired his grievances in interviews with celebrity website TMZ and radio host Alex Jones, actress Lindsay Lohan was in a Los Angeles courtroom dealing with her latest legal difficulty: the alleged theft of a $2,500 necklace. Also on TMZ's site recently: Rocker Vince Neil's DUI arrest in Las Vegas and a supposed brawl involving the cast of Bravo's hit series, "The Real Housewives" of New Jersey.

"When a star does something that casts that kind of attention on them, they hurt their brand," says University of Southern California professor Elizabeth Currid-Halkett, author of "Starstruck: The Business of Celebrity." "They also set off a ripple effect that harms the businesses that helped make them stars in the first place."

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Golf is still reeling from Tiger Woods' extramarital affairs that surfaced in late 2009. Nike lost 105,000 customers for its Woods-signature golf balls — and profits for the overall golf products industry fell an estimated $7.5 million in the six months after the scandal came to light, says a December 2010 study by Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business.

More than eight snippets of actor Mel Gibson's threats to his girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva—laced with racial epithets — turned up on the website Radar Online last July. Summit Entertainment, the studio that made the "Twilight" vampire series, postponed the release of Gibson's film, "The Beaver," to May 6 and plans to open the $17 million movie only in select theaters — a practice with smaller films that would save on marketing costs if the film tanks.

"The real question is whether moviegoers will be repulsed by a guy who sounded so mean-spirited, so vile," says box office analyst Paul Dergarabedian of Hollywood.com. Paul Pflug, a spokesman for Summit, declined comment.

Dergarabedian says Gibson's previous film, "Edge of Darkness," fell short at the box office last year in part because the actor's reputation still suffered from the aftereffects of anti-Semitic comments he made following his 2006 arrest in Malibu on alcohol-related charges. That film had ticket sales of $43 million after Warner Bros. and production partners spent $60 million to make it, according to movie tracking website IMDb.com. That's the lowest box office for a major Gibson film since 1993. Alan Nierob, one of Gibson's publicists, declined comment.

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One of Hollywood's biggest falls from grace followed a string of headline-grabbing incidents involving Tom Cruise in 2005, starting when he espoused a Scientology belief that drugs should not be used to treat psychiatric ailments and criticized actress Brooke Shields for using drugs to treat her postpartum depression. Then followed a tense interview with "Today" show host Matt Lauer and a couch-jumping appearance on Oprah Winfrey's show that spawned dozens of parodies on Google's YouTube. Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone told Vanity Fair that Cruise cost the company's Paramount studio $100 million from the diminished box office of "Mission: Impossible III."

The career of the longtime A-lister hasn't fully recovered. Cruise's most recent film, "Knight and Day," sold $76 million in tickets in the U.S. That's his second-weakest box office performance since 1999. Cruise spokeswoman Amanda Lundberg had no comment.

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Producers often steer clear of controversial stars altogether. Lohan was dropped from the film "Inferno: A Linda Lovelace Story," in part because the costs to insure her showing up were so high, director Matthew Wilder told the cable network E!. "Insurance underwriters know about TMZ, too," says Doug Turk, chief executive officer of AON/Albert G. Ruben Insurance Services.

Warner Bros. and CBS have already collected big on the 177 "Two and a Half Men" episodes produced before Sheen's latest meltdown. CBS pays Warner $4 million to produce each episode. Network spokesman Chris Ender says "any ratings declines will be more than offset by reduced programming costs." However, both CBS and Warner could feel the pain next year if they can't reconcile with Sheen and the series is canceled permanently, says David Bank, an analyst at RBC Capital Markets. "If the show goes away, it's bad," he says. Warner, which agreed to pay the salaries of the show's crew, would lose $43 million in rerun sales. CBS would lose TV's top-rated comedy and the large audience it delivers to help the network's other Monday night shows.

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Video: Charlie Sheen loses a 'goddess'

  1. Transcript of: Charlie Sheen loses a 'goddess'

    LESTER HOLT, co-host: A week after his hit comedy is canceled, Charlie Sheen has become almost a cultlike hero to some while enraging others. But love him or hate him, Sheen has capitalizing on his newfound popularity or infamy. NBC 's Jeff Rossen sat down with the star this week and joins us now with more. Hey, Jeff .

    JEFF ROSSEN reporting: Hi, Lester . Good morning to you. Charlie Sheen is at a very dangerous intersection in his life right now, and there is a lot at stake, clearly, his personal health, his children and truly everyone around him. This morning, an exclusive new look inside Sheen 's life at home.

    Mr. CHARLIE SHEEN: ...good morning. Get that light off me.

    ROSSEN: Sheen provided "Dateline" with his own never-before-seen version of his reality, shot for us over the last 24 hours.

    Mr. SHEEN: So should we talk in code now that, like, there's...

    Unidentified Man #1: Yeah, ixnay on the OK.

    Mr. SHEEN: Yeah, wow.

    ROSSEN: In the eye of his hurricane, another day, another problem.

    Mr. SHEEN: What do you recommend? Talk to the cops or call TMZ ?

    ROSSEN: But we also see calmer, less frenetic moments, taking care of newfound business opportunities...

    Unidentified Man #2: We're going to do retail on the Web site .

    Offscreen Voice #1: Perfect.

    ROSSEN: ...and strategizing with his eclectic entourage, huddled around his dining room table.

    Mr. SHEEN: This is a think tank.

    ROSSEN: They seem to be plotting his next moves and his next attempts to capitalize on his exploding worldwide popularity, or infamy, depending on how you see it. In this sequence, shot by a friend on his back patio, his posse is talking about marketing the Charlie Sheen brand.

    Man #1: Let's say we order 50,000 T-shirts , four different styles, five different styles, three different sizes...

    Mr. SHEEN: I'm sorry, I'm sorry, 50 million.

    ROSSEN: We also catch a few glimpses of the hard-boiled playboy armed with a cell phone and cigarette. There's always a supply of nicotine and caffeine on hand, almost always a haze of smoke in the air.

    Mr. SHEEN: Oh, we're only smoking because the kids aren't going to be here for a few days.

    ROSSEN: Yet there's another side to be seen.

    Mr. SHEEN: If I'm smiling in the photo, it's, like, 10 grand.

    ROSSEN: In between deals and meetings and inhaling, he makes time for his daily 5 AM workout.

    Mr. SHEEN: Coming for you .... Coming for you .

    ROSSEN: And like his days on the set of 2" Major League ," he makes time for a quick game of catch. All in all, in fact, Sheen looks healthier and happier than I've seen him all week. And his so-called goddesses, they're never far from his side at Sheen 's luxurious lair. At one point, Natty 's wearing her devil-top sweatshirt. We also see his children's artwork hanging on the wall of his kitchen, as well as his son's sippy cup that Sheen has kept on display as a makeshift shrine.

    Offscreen Voice #2: That's what we do around here.

    ROSSEN: All if all, another glimpse into the real-life soap opera that's playing to the camera.

    Mr. SHEEN: Thought you'd be a little

    tougher than the average tiger. Tiger blood.

    ROSSEN: And playing to a huge audience.

    Mr. SHEEN: And that, everybody, is my master plan.

    ROSSEN: He says he's clean and sober and just wants to go back to work. At least, that's Charlie Sheen 's reality.

    Mr. SHEEN: Thank God this whole thing was just a dream.

    ROSSEN: But there may be trouble in paradise. Overnight, Charlie Sheen tweeted, " Rachel has left the building. We're sad. Over it. Applications now being accepted." So it appears one of the goddesses has left him in the past few hours. Rachel , by the way, is the former porn star. Sheen is now down to just down to one goddess. Lester , still unclear why she left.

    HOLT: All right, Jeff . Do me a favor, stick around because I've got some questions for you.

    ROSSEN: OK.

    HOLT: But I want to bring in attorney Gloria Allred , who, of course, has represented a number of high-profile clients in the past. Gloria , good morning. Thanks for joining us.

    Ms. GLORIA ALLRED (Attorney): Thanks for having me, Lester .

    HOLT: On Thursday, two days after his estranged wife removed the children from his care, Charlie tweeted, "Not sure what all the legal noise is about. Just verbally reached a deal with B. No court Monday. Yay." But not TMZ is reporting the deal is off, Sheen will be in court Monday. What do you think went wrong there, and what's going to happen?

    Ms. ALLRED: Well, what may have gone wrong, Lester , is the fact that he spoke about the fact that there was a deal, because generally there is a confidentiality clause about such deals. And if there is an allegation that he breached it, it may have upset the other side and therefore they -- the deal may be off.

    HOLT: His wife's emergency restraining order alleges physical domestic violence , but yet she didn't file a police report . Would that work against her if there was no police filing?

    Ms. ALLRED: Well, she is not required to file a police report and she has not filed a police report . I find, however, that her allegations in her declaration in support of the restraining order , which was issued, are very troubling. And she could file a police report , and if she did, it might be referred by the police to the district attorney for prosecution because she alleges threats, menacing of her, that he said he would cut her head off and send it in a box to her mother, that he threatened her with a penknife, threatened to stab her in the eye with it, that he's made other threats to her. And of course given the history of violence in the past, that he was convicted of assaulting Brooke Mueller just in December in 2009 , and given her other allegation that in October 2009 he pun -- he knocked her to the floor, that she became unconscious...

    HOLT: Mm-hmm.

    Ms. ALLRED: ...that she photos of that and two witnesses, yes, that history of domestic violence is very, very troubling.

    HOLT: Let me bring Jeff back in this. Jeff , Mueller in her court filing says she believes Charlie 's rage is due not to an addiction but to mental problems. He recently passed a couple of drug tests , as you know. You've spent some time with him, and clearly you're not a psychologist, but what's your sense of his grip on reality and all this?

    ROSSEN: Yeah, we've talked to some experts about that. He actually -- some say he may be going crazy, he may be in a manic state because he's not on drugs. This is somebody who has been abusing drugs and alcohol and living a certain lifestyle for so many years, decades in fact, according to some, that -- I mean, if you took something away that you used every single day that was such a big part of your life for decades, how would you react, is sort of the way experts put it. And in this case it's actually a physical addiction as well. And so while the drug tests have come back negative, while I do believe he's been clean in the past week, at least on the times that I have seen him, there is clearly something going on where he doesn't fully have a grip on reality. It is his reality. He is confident in it. He's lucid when I speak with him. And so it's very difficult to say. This is somebody who has such a high level of self-confidence, some would say narcissism, that it's tough to know if he's just delusional or if this is just somebody who's uber-uberconfident.

    HOLT: And this train that left the station a week ago...

    Ms. ALLRED: Lester ...

    HOLT: ...with the rants, is there any regret to this, or is he now just playing it because it's now become this public reality show ?

    ROSSEN: No regrets at all. In fact, you know, I -- there have been a couple of occasions where he said something so outlandish and it's been sort of an off-the-record setting, we've been rolling tape and we told him we wouldn't be using the audio, we were just getting some shots of us and -- but it was so outrageous I called him and I said, 'Look, this is good. This is good stuff. I'd love to use it. Since you actually do believe it, is that OK?' And I would repeat back to him what he said. And one of the cases it was, you know, 'You told CBS that you want them to lick your feet while publicly apologizing to you. Can we use it?' And he said, 'Yeah, use that, use that.' I think the crazier it is, the more he likes it. There -- no question he has no guilt, no regrets about what he said all week.

    HOLT: Let me bring -- Gloria , you had a comment back there when we were talking about his mental health .

    Ms. ALLRED: Yes, I wouldn't -- when you were talking about the -- his mental state , it's interesting that in Brooke Mueller 's declaration, his wife, soon to be ex-wife's declaration, she actually goes so far as to say that he is insane, that in fact if he is sober, then she is concerned about his mental health . And so it's going to be interesting in the legal case for custody, for visitation, if there's a battle, because, Lester , everything that he says, it can be used against him if it might have an impact on the children and their safety.

    HOLT: All right. Gloria Allred , good to have you here. Jeff as well. Thanks so much to both of you.

    ROSSEN: Thanks, Lester .

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  1. Family affair

    Martin Sheen, Charlie Sheen's real-life father plays Martin, on Charlie's show "Anger Management." (FX) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Smoking man

    Sheen, left, holds a necrotic lung affected by tobacco use and a healthy lung as he talks to Dr. Oz during a taping of "The Dr. Oz Show," in New York. Sheen, who is a heavy smoker, also discussed his manic behavior and anger issues in the January 2013 episode. (Barbara Nitke / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Star power

    Sheen, left, speaks as former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on July 10, 2012 in Hollywood, Calif. (Joe Klamar / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Play ball!

    Sheen acknowledges the fans before throwing out the first pitch at a baseball game between the Cincinnati Reds and the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on July 7, 2012 in San Diego. (Denis Poroy / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. In the hot seat

    Comedy Central roasted Sheen in one of their infamous specials on Sept. 10, 2011. (Christopher Polk / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Enter the Warlock

    Sheen shows off his Detroit Tigers jersey during his performance at the Fox Theatre in Detroit on Saturday, April 2, 2011. Promising "the real story," the 45-year-old former "Two and a Half Men" star hit the road for a month-long, 20-city variety show tour, with the first stop a sold-out show in Detroit. (Carlos Osorio / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Thumbs down

    A Sheen fan offers her review while leaving the Fox Theatre in Detroit on April 2, 2011. (Geoff Robins / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. The gang's all here

    Sheen, second from left, is joined by Joey Scoleri of Live Nation, left, and "goddesses" Bree Olson and Natalie Kenly, right, at the after party for his Chicago tour stop at Enclave on April 3, 2011. (Daniel Boczarski / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Blood thirst

    Charlie Sheen is seen on the rooftop of the Live Nation building drinking "Tiger Blood" in Beverly Hills, Calif., on March 7, 2011. The "Two and a Half" men star was fired from the show earlier in the day by Warner Bros. (Jean Baptiste Lacroix / WireImage) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Two for one

    Sheen poses with the two women he refers to as his "goddesses" in the kitchen of his Los Angeles home during the first week of March 2011. Natalie "Natty" Kenly, left, a model, and Rachel Oberlin, aka porn star Bree Olsen, gained fame during the actor's media blitz over his fight with CBS and Warner Bros. television. (Michael Austin / NBC News) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Plenty to say

    Adult film star Capri Anderson, the woman who was in Charlie Sheen's hotel room the night he allegedly trashed his suite, talks with ABC about the incident. Claiming to have feared for her life upon being locked in the bathroom, Capri said, "I'm not going to stand down and be completely be walked over." Anderson filed a harassment lawsuit, Sheen then countersued for extortion, and the case was dropped. (ABC via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Before the storm

    Sheen joins his ex wife Denise Richards and their daughters Sam and Lola in a trip to the American Museum of Natural History in New York on Oct. 25, 2010. Their museum visit ended a weekend together in which the four of them went shopping at an American Girl store, dined at Serafina Broadway and took in the Broadway show Mary Poppins.

    Sheen was later hospitalized after he was found drunk and naked with an alleged escort in his trashed room at The Plaza hotel. Damages to the room reportedly totaled $7,000. The actor's rep later said Sheen had had an allergic reaction to medication. (INFphoto.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Back to rehab

    Sheen, second from right, arrives with his attorney Richard Cummins, second from left, for a sentencing hearing at the Pitkin County Courthouse in Aspen, Colo., on Aug. 2, 2010. Sheen was sentenced under a plea deal to get a 30-day sentence to be "administered and executed" at Promises rehab facility in Malibu, Calif., for assaulting his wife Brooke Mueller during an alcohol-fueled Christmas Day quarrel in Aspen. (Rick Wilking / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. See you in a month

    Sheen, right, leaves the Pitkin County Courthouse with his attorney Richard Cummins in Aspen, Colo., on Monday, June 7, 2010. A sentencing hearing for the actor in his domestic assault case against wife Brooke Mueller was continued until July 12. (Ed Andrieski / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. More troubles

    Sheen's Mercedes was apparently stolen from his Shermon Oaks, Calif., home in early 2010. It was found overturned hundreds of feet down a nearby cliff. On June 15, 2010, police reported a second Mercedes suffered the same fate. (Gus Ruelas / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Not-so-merry Christmas

    Brooke Mueller Sheen called police on Christmas Day, 2009, reporting that Sheen attacked and threatened her. (Riccardo S. Savi / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Got my designs on you

    Sheen has collaborated with the owner of the Rock & Roll Religion clothing line to create a line of shirts called the DaVinci Collection by Charlie Sheen. Sheen's "Two and a Half Men" character wears similar shirts. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Viva ALMA!

    Sheen, born Carlos Estevez, captured the outstanding male performance in a comedy TV series award at the 2008 ALMA Awards. The honors are given to Latino performers who promote positive portrayals of Latinos in the entertainment field. Sheen's paternal grandparents were Spanish, his maternal grandparents Irish. (Frank Micelotta / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Trying marriage again

    In 2008, Sheen married real-estate investor Brooke Mueller, seen here with Sheen and his daughters, Sam and Lola. The couple's twins, Bob and Max, were born on March 14, 2009. A Christmas Day fight that same year has sent Sheen's latest round of marital woes back into the tabloids. (Donato Sardella / WireImage) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Play clothes for the posh

    Fashion executive Michael Berens, Sheen and clothing designer Suzanne Ciulla pose with children wearing clothes from Sheen Kidz, a couture children’s sportswear inspired by Sheen’s daughters, Sam and Lola. (Donato Sardella / WireImage) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. A 'Platoon' reunited

    Actor Willem Dafoe, director Oliver Stone, an unidentified guest, Sheen and Tom Berenger reunited for a screening of their classic film "Platoon" at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival in France. (Francois Durand / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. 'Bounce' back

    Sheen starred in "The Big Bounce," a critical flop, in 2004. Although the film was based on a novel by Elmore Leonard and features Owen Wilson and Morgan Freeman in addition to Sheen, it was a disaster, and cost $50 million to make. It earned back only $6 million. (Warner Bros.) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Men, men, men, men, manly men

    Sheen and Jon Cryer play brothers with opposite temperaments in the CBS hit comedy "Two and a Half Men." Sheen reportedly earns $825,000 per episode on the show. (CBS via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Till divorce do us part

    Sheen married actress Denise Richards in 2002, and they had two daughters, Sam and Lola. Richards filed for divorce in 2005, and the details of their marriage, estrangement and custody battle quickly became tabloid fodder. Richards accused Sheen of abusing drugs and alcohol, and threatening her with violence. (Robert Mora / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Keep the Globe spinning

    In 2002, Sheen won the Golden Globe Award for best performance by an actor in a television comedy or musical series for his role in "Spin City." (Scott Nelson / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Putting a 'Spin' on things

    Sheen, shown with Barry Bostwick and Heather Locklear, played Charlie Crawford on "Spin City" from 2000 to 2002. As he does in "Two and a Half Men," Sheen played a character with the same first name as himself. Tony Danza Syndrome, perhaps? (ABC via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. X marks the film

    Sheen teamed again with brother Emilio Estevez to play real-life brothers Jim and Artie Mitchell in 2000's "Rated X." The Mitchells were pioneers in the pornography and strip-club industries in San Francisco in the 1970s and '80s. (Showtime via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. In court

    Drug issues have troubled Sheen for years. In 1998, he appeared in a Malibu, Calif., courtroom, where a judge ruled that the actor, who nearly died of a drug overdose five months before, could be released from his rehabilitation facility. (Nick Ut / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. He'll be there for you

    Sheen kisses Lisa Kudrow in his appearance on the hit show "Friends" in 1996. (NBC) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. Geronimo!

    In 1994's "Terminal Velocity," Sheen starred with Nastassja Kinski in a film about a skydiver who apparently dies on her first jump, but turns out to have faked her death. (Walt Disney Studios) Back to slideshow navigation
  31. Family of stars

    Sheen, father Martin Sheen and brother Emilio Estevez unveil Charlie's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994. (Jim Smeal / WireImage) Back to slideshow navigation
  32. All for one, and one for all

    Sheen played Aramis, one of "The Three Musketeers," in the 1993 film version of Alexandre Dumas' classic story. Kiefer Sutherland played Athos, Oliver Platt played Porthos, and Chris O'Donnell played D'Artagnan, who longs to join the trio. (Walt Disney Studios) Back to slideshow navigation
  33. Daddy and daughter

    Sheen and his daughter, Cassandra Jade Estevez, attended the 1992 premiere of "The Mighty Ducks." Sheen was just 19 when Cassandra was born. (Ron Galella / WireImage) Back to slideshow navigation
  34. Mullet man

    In the comedy spoofs "Hot Shots" and "Hot Shots Part Deux," Sheen plays Navy pilot Topper Harley. "Part Deux" parodies the action-movie genre, particularly the Rambo films. (20th Century Fox) Back to slideshow navigation
  35. Brothers at work

    Sheen and brother Emilio Estevez teamed up in 1990's "Men at Work," about two garbage collectors who discover a corpse. (Triumph Releasing) Back to slideshow navigation
  36. Three strikes, yer out

    Sheen, right, and Tom Berenger starred in 1989's "Major League," a comedy about a fictionalized version of the Cleveland Indians. Sheen played Ricky Vaughn, an out-of-control pitcher who improves once he gets glasses. (Paramount via Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  37. Bang, bang, my baby shot me down

    In 1990, before Kelly Preston wed John Travolta, she was engaged to Sheen, who gave her a 2.5 carat pink diamond engagement ring. The engagement ended shortly after he accidentally shot her in the arm, causing a wound that required stitches. (Ron Galella / WireImage) Back to slideshow navigation
  38. Guns blazing

    Sheen, middle right, and Emilio Estevez, front, starred with Lou Diamond Phillips, Kiefer Sutherland, Casey Siemaszko and Dermot Mulroney in 1988's Western, "Young Guns." (20th Cenury Fox via Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  39. Greed is good

    Sheen starred in 1987's "Wall Street," where he plays Bud Fox, a young, ambitious trader who falls under the spell of ruthless millionaire Gordon Gekko, played by Michael Douglas. Reportedly Sheen and director Oliver Stone parted ways after Stone approached Sheen to star in "Born on the Fourth of July," but then cast Tom Cruise without telling Sheen. (20th Century Fox) Back to slideshow navigation
  40. Fighting the war outside and the war inside

    In 1986's "Platoon," Sheen, center, starred with Willem Dafoe and Tom Berenger in Stone's critically lauded Vietnam War movie. The film was based on Stone's own war experiences, and is regularly listed by critics as one of the best war films ever made. (Orion Pictures via Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  41. Putting the moves on Ferris Bueller's sister

    Sheen and Jennifer Grey starred in 1986's "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," with Grey playing Ferris Bueller's snotty sister Jeanie and Sheen a rebel she meets at the police station. (Paramount Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  42. WOLVERINES!

    Sheen got his movie start in 1984's "Red Dawn." His fellow young stars included Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson and Jennifer Grey. (MGM) Back to slideshow navigation
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