Yep. You were waiting for him and you got him. Charlie Sheen is so off the beaten path that he scares me. Charlie is totally insane. His early career was awesome. His father, Martin Sheen, was his Hollywood connection. Apparently all the men in that family are beautiful. Anyhoo. The movie that catapulted the 21-year-old Charlie, playing the lead, into major stardom was Platoon, directed by Oliver Stone. He stated on an interview with Dateline NBC that over night he was offered the universe in Hollywood, meaning money, fame, women, the usual perks that come with success.
To see the Dateline Interview click here.
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Charlie starred in a succession of successful TV films, including Wall Street, Major League, Young Guns, The Rookie and Scary Movie Parts 3 & 4. In 2003 Charlie began playing the character Charlie Harper in the highly successful TV sitcom Two and a Half Men. video: Charlie Sheen Rants on Chuck Lorre Two and a Half Men Cancelled
This is where it gets tawdry (and weird).
Over the years Charlie had many accidental drug overdoses albeit most were concealed from the public and the paparazzi. During one of his 208 overdoses (okay so that’s an exaggeration) he was so far gone his father Martin Sheen had to make the decision as to who would deliver Charlie’s eulogy at his funeral. Yikes. Charlie had a falling out with the show’s producer, Chuck Lorre whom Charlie later revealed to be a Jew named Chaime Levine, sparking outrage among the Jewish community. To save his own butt Charlie declared he himself was part Jew. Um, okay. Not long afterward, Charlie threatened to sever his ex-wife’s head and mail it to her mother in a box. That sounds normal. He also claimed to be a wizard with tiger blood. Better and better. Charlie gave interviews to Dateline NBC, 20/20 and other investigative series where he revealed this utterly chaotic mind. video: Charlie Sheen’s Dad Martin Prays for his Son’s drink and drug addiction
Some comments Charlie made to the interviewers:
“I’ve got to stop pretending I’m not bitchin’ a total friggin’ rock star from Mars.”
“I’m on a drug called Charlie Sheen.”
“And yeah we’re on a rocket ship to the moon sometimes but if you do the crime you do the time.”
His bizarre behaviour and drug-damaged mind seem to be working well for Charlie. In 2011 he set a new Guinness World Record for being the fastest tweeter to reach 1 million followers on Twitter. Charlie planned a nationwide tour known as
“My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat is Not An Option”. Tickets sold out in 18 minutes, a TicketMaster record. Phew. I’m exhausted just documenting this stuff. Wonder how Charlie keeps up (wink). Here’s how his show did.
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Why do I declare Charlie a wash up? Simple. He is completely insane and it’s unlikely Charlie will ever work in Hollywood again. Well, maybe. If a producer and director can stand a working relationship with the bizarre star just to guarantee ratings or ticket sales at the box office, it might happen.
He could always move where no one else has ever heard of him. Is there life on Mars (click for a link to the original tune)?
Comeback Grade: F for Freak
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