Charlie Sheen revisits alter-ego in movie "Mind of Charles Swan"

Fri Feb 8, 2013 11:38am EST
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - It's a downward spiral for Charlie, a successful professional whose life slides into despair when his girlfriend breaks up with him.

This Charlie could be Charlie Sheen, but it's actually the fictional Charles Swan, a charming, immature character played by Hollywood's favorite bad boy actor and filmed only a few months after Sheen's off-screen antics got him fired in 2011 from TV comedy "Two and a Half Men."

Sheen stars in "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III," opening in U.S. movie theaters on Friday. The film is directed and written by Roman Coppola, son of "The Godfather" director Francis Ford Coppola.

Coppola, 47, who is Oscar-nominated for his work on the screenplay of "Moonrise Kingdom," talked with Reuters about working with Sheen on the "playful romp" about lost love and revenge fantasies set in a stylized Los Angeles.

Q: Did you write the film specifically for Charlie Sheen to star in?

A: "I didn't write it for him in mind. I was excited to write a piece about a very outlandish lead character, someone charming, immature, struggling and full of imagination. As I was finishing it, I kind of realized Charlie Sheen would be perfect. Both are larger than life. They use their wit and charm to smooth over problems in their life to not deal with things. But it's a coincidence that it's the same first name."

Q: Both of you are part of Hollywood dynasties. Your father is Francis Ford Coppola and his dad is Martin Sheen. When did you and Charlie first meet?

A: "We met as boys when we were around 11 years old on the set of (the 1979 film) 'Apocalypse Now' (which Francis Ford Coppola directed and Martin Sheen starred in). Our families were in the Philippines (for the shoot) for many months so Charlie and I became pals. We have a lot of fond memories hanging out together in that exotic location."   Continued...

Actor Charlie Sheen takes part in a panel discussion at the FX Networks session of the 2012 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, California, in this file photo taken July 28, 2012. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas