Sony’s Crackle streaming network is set to air Charlie Sheen’s new comedy venture “Mad Families” this week and you’ll never guess his character’s name.
Actually… yes, you will.
Many may recall when Sheen took over the lead role of ABC’s “Spin City” in 2000 – following the departure of Michael J. Fox – when his character was a New York deputy mayor.
His name? Charlie Crawford.
As IMDB puts it: Charlie gets the job done, while indulging in his natural talent, womanizing.
That sound familiar!
Because it also describes the character for his next comedic lead in the smash hit “Two and a Half Men”. There – alongside costar Jon Cryer as his brother Alan – Sheen portrayed another womanizing bachelor.
At one point, Sheen was the highest paid actor on prime time television for his work on “Two and a Half men”, earning $1.25 million per episode.
More recently, from 2012 to 2014, Charlie starred as a former baseball player turned therapist in the FX comedy series “Anger Management”. The actor scored a 100 episode deal with the network for the show after surpassing the ratings goal set by FX for the initial episodes.
And his character name in “Anger Management“..?
Now Sheen stars in the new original movie on Crackle “Mad Families”, about three families who compete for a camping spot during a busy Fourth of July holiday weekend.
According to the IMBD page for the show, his character doesn’t even have a last name.
It’s simply “Charlie”.
So it may just be a strange case of coincidence or a purposeful bit of superstition, but Sheen has had great success playing roles where he shares the same first name as his character – and by all appearances he’s set to do it again in “Mad Families”.
Sony’s Crackle will begin streaming its original movie “Mad Families” to its customers beginning Thursday, January 12th.
Bonus Charlie: In Sheen’s first leading role in the acclaimed 1986 movie Platoon, his character’s name is actually Chris.
But, as a U.S. soldier fighting in the Vietnam war, he faces off against the Viet Cong army… and the Viet Cong were often referred to by Americans as “Victor Charlie” (V.C. in the NATO phonetic alphabet).
Or “Charlie” for short.
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