Steroids and sluggers: Future TV stars recall the making of ‘Major League’

In Sports Illustrated’s oral history of the making of “Major League” — a great read if you’re a fan of the movie — former “Two and a Half Men” star Charlie Sheen said that, among other things, he took steroids for six to eight weeks to boost his fastball.

Sheen noted, in his defense, that he was being worked to the bone on the shoot.

“When Wild Thing comes in to get that final out, it’s one of the great sports entrances of all time,” Sheen said. “It was four in the morning, and I had been in the bullpen nodding off. This is pre-opiates—just good old-fashioned fatigue. 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.”

The film featured several once and future TV stars, including “24” president Dennis Haysbert, who played slugger Pedro Cerrano and recalls when he hit a legit home run.

“That’s my favorite scene,” he said, “when I said my little bit to Jobu: ‘F— you, Jobu!’ I hit it out of Milwaukee County Stadium. It was 315 feet down that line in left. I think it hit the top of the wall. I was stoked.”

Writer-director David S. Ward also noted that Jeremy Piven (“Entourage”) had a role in the movie as a bench jockey that ended up entirely on the cutting room floor.

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