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Charlie Sheen broke through 25 years ago in Platoon.
In 1986, long before he was making headlines for record-setting personal drama, Charlie Sheen was a 21-year-old with a famous father and a black Porsche, parts in a handful of TV movies and a performance that got noticed in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. That all changed with Oliver Stone’s Platoon. Suddenly, with his first major role (as an idealistic college dropout fighting in Vietnam), Sheen had good reason to have Oscar hopes. The film had won commercial and critical success, and Sheen was put forward for best actor in the For Your Consideration ads. “It was as close to reality as a movie performance could be,” the film’s producer, Arnold Kopelson, says.
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