Charlie Sheen Says He Took Steroids for Film Role
Add steroids to the list of substances with which actor Charlie Sheen has a personal acquaintance.
In a recent interview in Playboy Magazine, the controversial star who was fired from his long-time gig on “Two and a Half Men,” thanks in part to drug usage, admits to taking steroids for his 1989 role in the movie “Major League.”
Sheen said that the steroid usage was necessary to help him perform as a baseball player in the film.
Sheen said that steroids did the trick in helping him improve his fastball for the camera, but contends he used them under supervision of a coach and never tried them again.
He said: “I wanted to put a little zip on my fastball. I didn’t want to look like I was lily-arming it up there. I was always a hit-the-spots, low-zone pitcher.
“But my character, Ricky Vaughn, is a flamethrower. With steroids I went from a modest 78mph to a decent 85, which on film can be made to look in the 90s.”
The 46-year-old confessed there was a downside.
He revealed: “I got injured a lot afterward. Steroids build your muscles, but they don’t build your tendons or ligaments. Once you start altering your body’s blueprint, things start falling apart. Some players take steroids, and two years later, after they’ve broken records, suddenly they have back problems, shoulder problems, arm problems. They’re out of the game for good.”
Charlie added that when you are using steroids “you’re pissed all day long”.
“About nothing,” he added. “You just wake up and you’re f*****g mad.”
The Anger Management star continued: “But I had a trainer who was really smart. He’d been a defensive lineman in the National Football League. He knew enough guys who did steroids, and he knew enough doctors. I did steroids for only three months, and I never did them again. If there’s a safe way to do steroids, we tried.”
Sheen has had reported issues with drugs in his private life, having been hospitalised for a cocaine overdose and entering rehab in the past.