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The Religious Affiliation of
Martin Sheen
great American actor


From: James Riordan,
Stone: The Controversies, Excesses, and Exploits of a Radical Filmmaker, Hyperion: New York, NY (1995), pages 155-156: When [Oliver] Stone told Wagner that Platoon and Salvador were being made by Hemdale, she asked to see the Salvador script. Finding that another powerful work, she then helped bring James Woods, who was also represented by CAA, into the project. Woods describes meeting with Stone to discuss the film. "He originally approached me to play Dr. Rock," Woods recalls. "But when I read the screenplay, I got excited about the idea of playing the lead because it was such a great role. So when we met, I asked who he had in mind for the lead and he said Marty Sheen. Now, I think Marty's a great actor, you know, but hell, I'm up for a role here so I'mgoing to cut his legs ouit from under him if I can, do what I have to do to get it. So I said, 'Martin Sheen, huh? Oh, he's a great actor. He's kind of religious, isn't he?' And Oliver goes, 'Well, yeah, a bit.' And I go, 'Gee, I'm surprised he didn't have a problem with some of the language here. It's pretty strong.' And Oliver says, 'Well, he did have a few things that bothered him.' So then I say, 'Oh . . . I see. I thought you were going to do this thing for real . . . go all out? I mean, if you're just going to do another bullsh-- Hollywood picture . . .' And then Oliver stars assuring me that he wants to do the thing for real, so then he decided to cast me for the lead. The point being that this was all a dog and pony show which every actor goes through to get a part, but this time it worked."

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