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The Believers - 1987
 
 
Character:   Cal Jamison
 
Sheen portrays Cal Jamison, a psychologist who gets caught up in a police investigation involving pagan ritual, murder, and madness.   In preparation for this role, he went to the library and read books about Santeria, an obscure religion that blends Catholicism and the Yoruban faith of Nigeria.
 
Sheen also took the time to conduct long conversations with a psychiatric service doctor who specialized in the mental pressures of dangerous occupations, like police work.   "I wasn't attempting to become Cal Jamison," he told reporters.   "I tend to work the other way around.   I was trying to find him in me."
 
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