Toast Trumps Roast in Celebration of Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen (Picture Group/Comedy Central)

Charlie Sheen (Picture Group/Comedy Central)

Charlie Sheen‘s about to get roasted.

(Actually, it already happened; they taped the show last Saturday.)

Point is, the former “Two and a Half Men” star will be skewered tonight on Comedy Central — and for pretty obvious reason, what with some iffy movies on his resume and that bizarre media tour in early 2011.

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But there's more to Sheen than Adonis blood and tiger DNA (or was it the other way around?). Sheen got big for a reason. So let the women and dudes on the dais - the pros, in other words - take their shots at Sheen.

Us? We’ll go in a different direction, with a Charlie Sheen Toast:

The Early Years: With dad Martin having served a tour in Vietnam (1979’s “Apocalypse Now“), Sheen made his first big-screen impression in the 1984 Cold War cult hit “Red Dawn” (which was recently remade). Still hanging around 20, Sheen soon drew a rave from Roger Ebert for 1986’s “Lucas.”

The Breakout: Sheen grew up fast — and took his family name back to ‘Nam, starring in Oliver Stone‘s immortal war film “Platoon” (also 1986).



The Silver Screen: A year later Sheen was back under Stone, this time in “Wall Street.” Both films saw other actors earn Oscar nods (with Michael Douglas claiming gold), but Sheen was the one who took home top billing — solidifying himself for a time as a true movie star.



The Laughs: “You’ve got to be joking,” Sheen said in the “Top Gun” sendup “Hot Shots!“, and he sure was — delivering perfect deadpan in that 1991 film and two years earlier, as Rick “Wild Thing” Vaughn in the timeless sports hit “Major League.”

The Cameos: Sometimes less Sheen was more; take his police station bit in 1986’s “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” or his turn as himself/John Malkovich’s best friend (complete with bald cap for part of it) in 1999’s “Being John Malkovich.”

The TV Stardom: When presenting the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series award at Sunday night’s Emmys, Sheen half-jokingly called it “my old category.” And he wasn’t lying; for the aforementioned ratings hit “Men,” Sheen received four straight nominations — all while becoming the top-paid actor in television. Years earlier, he won a Golden Globe after replacing Parkinson’s-stricken Michael J. Fox on “Spin City.”

The Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen airs Monday, Sept. 19 at 10/9c.

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