Tom Berenger on Charlie Sheen: "I Always Worry About Him"
The two actors worked together on Oliver Stone's Oscar-winning 'Platoon' and both 'Major League' films.
Tom Berenger has known Charlie Sheen for many years and worked with him on multiple films, so he was dismayed Tuesday when the former Two and a Half Men star announced he was HIV positive.
"I was a bit shocked by it all and saddened," Berenger tells The Hollywood Reporter.
The two actors worked together on Oliver Stone's Oscar-winning Platoon and both Major League films; their characters having a lion's share of the screen time together in all projects.
On Tuesday, Sheen told the world about his long-kept health secret while appearing on the Today show. Although floored and heartbroken for Sheen, Berenger says he was also extremely impressed how well Sheen handled himself.
"If it was me, I don't think I could have done a better job with it, really," Bergener says. He has yet to reach out to Sheen, but says he has his contact information.
"I hope Charlie can get through all this," Berenger says "I've always liked him, and I always worry about him like his parents do."
While reminiscing about their work together, Berenger says Sheen was "extremely respectful" on set, which is sometimes not the case with young actors.
"He was always a good listener, which is probably why he is a real good actor," Berenger says. "[He] always wanted to know your opinion, what you thought."
Berenger, who received an Oscar nomination for Platoon, is currently working on two films: American Dresser, which reunites him with Platoon castmate Keith David and Cops and Robbers, which also stars Michael Jai White.
While filming the sequel for Major League in 1994, Berenger says he told Sheen working in Hollywood is fine, but do not live there.
I said, 'You know what you ought to do Charlie is get yourself a house out in Wyoming, Idaho — somewhere out there to get away from [Hollywood],' " Berenger says. " 'At least you'll have a place where your head can clear and to hang your hat.' "
When recounting other enjoyable stories of their work together, Berenger recalls a time when the two men were in the jungle shooting Platoon and he went into the then 21-year-old Sheen's room to find it full of electronics his mother had sent him.
"I go 'geez this is a lot of shit,' " Berenger says laughing. " 'We're on location, you need to be able to do two suitcases and a carry-on bag.' "
Years later, Berenger would pick Sheen up from the airport before the two started filming Major League. "He had his glove and his spikes and a little carry bag," Berenger says. "And I go 'where's your luggage' and he says "don't need it. I remember what you said.' "
During Sheen's public meltdown toward at the end of his run on Two and a Half Men, Berenger says the now 50-year-old Sheen had two choices: "You either got to change now or you're dead. If you keep that up into your 50s, it hits you and it hits you hard," Berenger says. "Your body really changes a lot in your 50s. You start feeling old injuries and things start coming back ... so you better get it together then."