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Carlos Estévez, better known as Charlie Sheen, is turning 52 today. The youngest son of actor Martin Sheen, he made a few uncredited appearances in his father’s films in the 1970s, before emerging as a prominent young star in the eighties. Between 1984 and 1990, he had major roles in Red Dawn, Lucas, Platoon, Young Guns, and The Rookie, to name a few—along with a famous cameo in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Maybe his most famous role was as Bud Fox in Wall Street.
March was Young Hollywood Month at Movieline Magazine. In the March ’92 issue of the magazine, writers Rebecca Morris and Kevin Hennessey offered free career advise to some of Hollywood’s hottest young stars. A few of them needed all the help they could get. Some did just fine on their own. And at least one should have been warned about the dangers of shoplifting.
John McTiernan’s Predator was a manly movie. Most 80’s action movies would be satisfied with having a bunch of commandos shooting up a gang of insurgents in the jungle. But that’s Predator‘s starting point. From there, the military guys find themselves hunted by an alien creature. By comparison, Oliver Stone’s Wall Street is a lot more grounded. In his still-topical drama, greedy men do whatever it takes to make themselves just a little bit richer.
In 1987, Michael Douglas was having a very good year. He had the biggest hit of his career to date (adjusted for inflation, Fatal Attraction remains the highest-grossing movie in Douglas’ filmography) and he would go on to win Best Actor (not Best Supporting Actor) for a supporting role in Oliver Stone’s Wall Street. Douglas’ one-two punch of 1987 pushed him into the A-list and fueled his career as a leading man into the next decade.
Garrett Hedlund turns 32 today. Hedlund has been acting since he was 19, and two or three times in that decade-plus, he has won “Rising star” or “Best young star” awards of some sort, but he has never taken that step forward to become a leading man; he is the sidekick, part of the “beta couple,” or part of an ensemble cast. His film debut, Troy, is a good example—he played Patroclus, who those who remember their Greek mythology will recall as the, you guessed it, sidekick to one Achilles:
Charlie Sheen is a train wreck. He has melted down very publicly over the course of decades. In this interview from the August 1990 issue of Movieline magazine, Lawrence Grobel asked Sheen about his troubled youth. It turns out that Sheen was going down a bad path long before he found fame and fortune in movies like Red Dawn, Platoon and Wall Street. In a line that borders of prophesy, Sheen told Grobel “Me and AIDS got famous at the same time.” Grobel paints the portrait of an angry young man struggling to set things right.
Emilio Estevez comes from Hollywood royalty. His dad is actor Martin Sheen. His brother is Charlie Sheen. As a child, his best friends were the Penns (Sean and Chris) and the Lowes (Rob and Chad). Estevez grew up immersed in show biz. In the early 80’s Estevez became the de facto leader of the actors of his generation. Collectively, they were known as the Brat Pack and for a short time, they reigned supreme. As the decade ended, there was a backlash against the Pack. Among his colleagues, Estevez held up better than others. But these days, Estevez is rarely heard from.
What the hell happened?