Charlie Sheen has been the subject of a thousand and one stories about drug and alcohol use, and just when one would think that the star has told all, he is able to let just one more cat out of the bag. Apparently, aside from snorting cocaine and drinking alcohol, Sheen also tried performance enhancing drugs, in preparation for his role in Major League, a movie that is considered as one of the pivotal points in his career.
A feature on the Herald Sun shared that Sheen revealed his past steroid use in an interview with Sports Illustrated magazine. He took the drugs, Sheen said, due to “ego” and “vanity.” He was quoted as saying: “Let’s just say that I was enhancing my performance a little bit. It was the only time I ever did steroids. I did it for like six or eight weeks. You can print this, I don’t give a f—. My fastball went from 79[mph] to like 85 [127-136kph].”
While the drugs helped him perform, Sheen shared further, it unfortunately did not help boost his stamina and recovery during filming.
At that time, the actor said, he was having difficulty with the physical demands of the role, which had him pitching a whole lot: “I had to throw 150 pitches in a night and turn it around the next day. I was like, ‘Guys, do you know why they have a five-man rotation? So you can heal!’ They said, ‘Look, we’ve only got the stadium for four nights with the fans.’ I would stop at the doctor’s on the way to work for cortisone shots and anti-inflammatories.”