Earlier today, we brought you trivia about Charlie Sheen for his birthday. Uproxx has its own tribute for the occasion, in a list of trivia about the 1986 movie Platoon, which starred Sheen along with a slew of other young male stars and future stars. Oliver Stone incubated the film for many years before it was produced, which led to some surreal tidbits like this one.
1. Oliver Stone was hoping that Jim Morrison would appear in the movie. It seems odd that Stone would have any hopes of Morrison appearing in his movie considering that singer died 15 years before the film came out, but at one time it was a real possibility. Oliver Stone told Entertainment Weekly that he had been working on his Vietnam War epic since the late 60s and had gotten a rough draft to Jim Morrison in 1971.
“It was another version of it — a very mythic version. The character dies in Vietnam and goes to the Underworld. A lot of mythology. I couldn’t deal with Vietnam yet in a completely realistic way at that point. And I did send it to Morrison because it had a lot of Doors music in it. And he had it in his apartment in Paris when he died. It was returned to me in 1990 when I made The Doors. Very bizarre.”
No matter how many times you’ve seen the movie Platoon, you’ll learn something new from this list at Uproxx Movies.