Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, and Kevin Dillon Enjoy a Nostalgic Reunion 31 Years After “Platoon”

A look into the evocative film of the 80s, “Platoon” – a film on the Vietnam War written and directed by a Vietnam War veteran – and how the three actors have grown in the post- Platoon years

Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, and Kevin Dillon Enjoy a Nostalgic Reunion 31 Years After “Platoon”

Early today – really early – Kevin Dillon posted a photo of himself with Johnny Depp and Charlie Sheen on Instagram. The three of them were apparently enjoying a reunion bash at Depp’s Hollywood Hills home last night, 31 years after being seen together in the film “Platoon” in1986 when the star trio were unknown commodities, so to speak.

In the picture captioned “Platoon 30 year #reunion last night at #johnnydepp house #goodtimes @charliesheen,” a visibly drunk Sheen in a Hawaiian shirt is flanked by a smiling Dillon on one side and a smoking Depp, in a Johnny Cash shirt, on the other.

Winner of Oscars for best picture and best director in 1987, the anti-war film “Platoon,” based on writer/director Oliver Stone’s own experiences in the Vietnam war, tells the story of Private First Class Chris Taylor (Sheen) who goes through a moral quandary when confronted with the horrors of a war that should not have happened in the first place.

In addition to winning 4 Oscars from 8 nominations, the movie created another record, of sorts, by becoming the first Hollywood film to be written and directed by a Vietnam War veteran.

Here’s a look at the career graph of the three veteran actors from yesteryears and where they stand now.

Charlie Sheen

Sheen - Then and Now
Sheen – Then and Now

The role of Private First Class Chris Taylor in “Platoon” was played by Sheen after the part was turned down by Keanu Reeves and Kyle MacLachlan.

Post-Platoon films and achievements of Sheen

  • 1988 – Sheen plays the outfielder Happy Felsch in the baseball film “Eight Men Out.” The same year he appeared opposite his brother Emilio in “Young Guns.”
  • 1989 – Gets honored with a Bronze Wrangler for his work in the movie “Young Guns”
  • 1990 – Once again Sheen works with brother Emilio in “Men at Work” and the same year he is seen with father Martin Sheen in “Cadence” and alongside Clint Eastwood in “The Rookie.”
  • 1992 – Features in “Beyond the Law” with Linda Fiorentino and Michael Madsen
  • 1984 – Earns a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 1997 – Writes his first film “Discovery Mars” – a documentary trying to answer the question, “Is There Life on Mars?”
  • 1998 – Writes, produces and stars in the action film “No Code of Conduct.”
  • 2013 – Plays the U.S. president in “Machete Kills.”
  • 2017 – Due to release in September this year, ensemble film 9/11 (2017) is an adaptation of the 9/11 stage play Elevator, written by Patrick Carson. Whoopie Goldberg, Luis Guzman, Wood Harris, Jacqueline Bisset, Bruce Davison, and Gina Gershon also feature in the upcoming film.

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp - Then and Now
Johnny Depp – Then and Now

Depp got the supporting role of Lerner in “Platoon” after he was rejected for the part of Chris Taylor, cited as too young and unknown by Stone.

Post-Platoon films and achievements

  • 1990 – Depp plays the title character opposite Dianne Wiest and Winona Ryder in Tim Burton’s film “Edward Scissorhands” which was a critical as well as commercial success. The film was responsible to establish Depp as a leading Hollywood actor.
  • 1991 – Depp is seen in a brief cameo in “Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare” – the sixth installment in the “A Nightmare on Elm Street” franchise.
  • 1993 – Depp stars in “Benny and Joon” as an eccentric and illiterate silent film fan. The same year he appears alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Juliette Lewis in Lasse Hallström’s “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.” His final appearance in 1993 was in Emir Kusturica’s surrealist comedy-drama, Arizona Dream.
  • 1994 – Played the title role in Tim Burton’s “Ed Wood.’ Depp was nominated for Golden Globe Award for “Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy” for his efforts in the film.
  • 1995 – Once again Depp stars in three films in a year starring opposite Marlon Brando in the hit “Don Juan DeMarco”; in Jim Jarmusch’s black & white (intentional) Western Dead Man; and plays an accountant in the critical and commercial disaster “Nick of Time.”
  • 1997 – Plays Joseph D. Pistone in Mike Newell’s crime drama “Donnie Brasco” also starring the great Al Pacino. The same year Depp debuts as a director and screenwriter with “The Brave” playing a poor native American opposite Marlon Brando.
  • 1999 – Appears in the role of Ichabod Crane in the film “Sleepy Hollow” also featuring Christopher Walken and Ichabod Crane.
  • 2003 – Depp stars in Walt Disney blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.” His performance as Jack Sparrow won him the Oscar nomination for best actor.
  • 2004 – Depp is nominated again for the Best Actor Academy Award for his role as the Scottish author J. M. Barrie in “Finding Neverland.”
  • 2005 – He stars as Willy Wonka in Tim Burton’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” which not only received critical acclaim but commercial success too and a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. The same year Depp does a voiceover for the character Victor Van Dort in the animated film “Corpse Bride.”
  • 2006/2007 – Depp reprises his role as Jack Sparrow for the “Pirates of the Caribbean” sequels “Dead Man’s Chest” (2006) and “At World’s End” (2007) – both were big time hits.
  • 2007 – Combines with Tim Burton for the sixth time to play the homicidal barber Sweeney Todd in the musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” winning the Golden Globe Award for “Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy” and third nomination in the best actor category of the Oscar Awards.
  • 2010 – Plays the Mad hatter in “Alice in Wonderland” alongside Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway and Alan Rickman.
  • 2011 – Plays Sparrow for the 4th time in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” – once again a box office hit.
  • 2012 – Stars opposite Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green, and Helena Bonham Carter in
    “Dark Shadows.”
  • 2013 – Plays Tonto in “The Lone Ranger” opposite Armie Hammer who plays the title character in the film.
  • 2016 – Plays Donald Trump –businessman and the, then, presidential candidate – in a a Funny or Die satire film entitled Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie.

Kevin Dillon

Kevin Dillon - Then and Now
Kevin Dillon – Then and Now

The character Bunny in “Platoon”, a young Private who snaps in the Vietnam War, was the first major Hollywood role for Dillon.

Post-Platoon films and achievements

  • 1987 – Dillon plays Jack in this 1987 film, “Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam”
  • 1988 – Plays the character Cosmo in “Remote Control.” The same year sees him as J.J. Merrill in ‘The Rescue” for which he gets nominated for the “Young Artist Award for Best Young Supporting Actor – Motion Picture”; as Brian Flagg in “The Blob”; and as Skitty Harris in “War Party.”
  • 1989 – Again gets nominated for the “Young Artist Award for Best Young Supporting Actor – Motion Picture” for his role as Sam in “Immediate Family.”
  • 1994 – Plays Casey in “No Escape.”
  • 1996 – Plays Pathfinder/Hawkeye in “The Pathfinder.”
  • 1997 – Plays the part of Jerry Carnel in “Medusa’s Child.”
  • 1998 – Plays Billy Crapshoot in “Misbegotten.”
  • 2000 – Plays Vinnie in “Interstate 84.”
  • 2004 – Appears as Hank Holten in “Vampires: Out for Blood”
  • 2006 – Appears as Rick Foster in “The Foursome.”
  • 2006 – Plays Lucky Larry in “Poseidon.”
  • 2009 – Appears as Carl Scudder in “Hotel for Dogs.
  • 2014 – As Dan Fisher in “The Throwaways.”
  • 2015- Plays Johnny ‘Drama’ Chase in “Entourage” and Old Jake in “Underdogs.”

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