Charlie Sheen hasn’t been showing up for the job he gets paid millions to do

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If you would have told me back in 2011 that Charlie Sheen would get another television show which would last for two seasons I wouldn’t have believed you. That’s happened, Charlie has stabilized somewhat since his breakdown, but he’s obviously gone off the rails again. It’s hard to recap this addict’s chaotic life, but during the holidays he met a 24 year-old adult film star, Brett Rossi, whom he proposed to last month. Around the time that Sheen met Rossi, he fired his management team and briefly halted production on his show, Anger Management. (And of course he was involved in many public feuds with his children’s mothers.) Fast forward to now and Sheen is not even consistently showing up for work. Gee, who could have predicted that? Here’s part of the story from The Hollywood Reporter:

The star of FX’s Anger Management has missed several days of work in recent weeks, according to sources. The absences have forced the show’s studio, Lionsgate, to push production beyond what was planned and to use stand-ins for the actor in certain scenes. The moves are said to have angered many of Sheen’s fellow castmembers. One source says the Anger cast is threatening to stop working if the absences persist.

A Lionsgate spokesperson declined to comment on the situation. Sheen’s publicist, Jeff Ballard, denies that the show has used stand-ins or shot around the actor. “We did not shoot last week because another member of the cast was sick,” the rep tells THR. “Charlie is always ready, willing and able to shoot Anger Management and looks forward to returning on Monday.”

[From The Hollywood Reporter]

At least Charlie still has a rep, and of course the guy is trying to spin this like it’s not his client’s fault. The article also states that there are currently about 65 episodes of Anger Management in the can. Charlie is contractually obligated to do 100 episodes. He took a pay cut to “just” $100,000 per episode in exchange for 40% of the show’s backend. If Charlie can make it to the magic 100th episode mark the show will have enough episodes to go into syndication and he’ll be much, much richer than he already is. The Hollywood Reporter states that Anger Management could “generate between $350 million to $500 million in revenue if it completes its 100 episode order.

So Charlie is looking at Powerball level money if he can just film 35 more episodes playing a character that he’s essentially done for decades. That would be plenty of incentive for most people, but not Charlie. His brain is fried from years of abuse.

Meanwhile Radar Online claims that Charlie Sheen is clean. A source tells them that “for the last two weeks he’s completely stopped drinking and has been detoxing. He’s taking it really seriously!” If that’s even true, I bet Charlie is taking plenty of other drugs to compensate for the lack of alcohol.

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  1. Red32 says:

    I can’t feel sorry for anyone who saw Charlie’s 2 1/2 Men breakdown and Tiger Blood Tour, THEN decided to sign him to a 100-episode contract.

  2. dorothy says:

    I don’t understand his appeal. Why would anyone hire this mess? He used to be talented, now he’s just a drug addict with too many children. Sad, but true.

  3. kimbers says:

    I tend not to be shocked when cr ackhead types miss work. It’s kinda what they do. I hope he isnt caught stealing copper…

  4. Patricia says:

    If he has stopped drinking on his own, without the intensive in-patient help he so obviously needs, then he is what is known as a “dry drunk”. It’s a phrase we know well in my family of alcoholics. Someone will say “I haven’t had a drink in a month” but if they didn’t get the help they need to it’s a ticking time bomb, and usually their behavior is aggressive and unkind and high-tension during these periods because they are lying to themselves and torturing themselves. Basically if you don’t get help you aren’t recovered.
    Addiction + arrogance is a deadly combination. This man is too arrogant to ever admit his problems and ask for help. It’s sad.

  5. OrangeBlohan says:

    It’s a shame that the Anger Management people didn’t have any idea that he could be a little difficult to work with! If they had only known!

  6. Anna says:

    well he didn’t have to be at work in mid-february for 3 weeks during the Olympics since one of cast members Noureen was over in Sochi supporting her husband, so maybe that could explain part of his absence and the lack of filming?

  7. eliza says:

    Well the Anger Management people knew who they were hiring. They rewarded bad behavior and deserve all the stress and annoyance that comes with working and dealing with Sheen.

    Sad how this waste of oxygen makes millions for being an ass and treating everyone around him disrespectfully and poorly. There are never severe consequences for him, which blows my mind.

    P.S He is really turning into an ugly, dissipated old man. *shudders*

  8. Frida_K says:

    Who even watches this show anyway?

    I wonder if his fellow cast members feel the urge to undergo head to toe disinfection after being in his presence and breathing the same air as he does?

    Blech.

    • Lucinda says:

      My husband watches the show and honestly, it’s pretty funny. The cast is more ensemble than 2 1/2 men was so even though Charlie is a big part of the show, his part is not the best part like it was in 2 1/2. He also looks pretty rough in the show these days.

      That being said, I’m not surprised at all by this turn of events but I think the producers knew it was a calculated risk that could potentially pay of huge if he made it to 100. He made it 2/3 of the way which is more than most of us expected. I bet they could get him to limp through the last 35 episodes.

  9. Karen says:

    100 episodes? Seriously? Who on earth watches that garbage? I caught the first 2 episodes of season one, it’s even worse than 2 and a half men.

  10. smee says:

    While it’s hard to believe right now, Charlie truly is “Hollywood Royalty” being a huge part of the 80s with his dad, this brother, Rob Low, Sean Penn. It’s a shame that he has never been able to overcome his addiction problems and it appears that it may kill him sooner rather than later.

  11. Cali says:

    His remaining paychecks should go to Selma Blair for pain and suffering and lost wages. and maybe throw a little to Denise Richards while they’re at it.

    I loathe TMZ for the way they idolize this guy like he’s a God. It’s so disgusting. If any MOTHER did 1/100th of the crap he did, they’d be blasting her til the end of time and she’d never work again.

  12. Jessica says:

    For kicks I started watching an episode. Witnessing Charlie Sheen mail in his lines without registering any nuance or emotion was painful. The burden falls on the rest of the staff who suffer through poorly written lines and no chemistry. Ha ha ha! It’s so funny how Charlie is so checked out, yet such a stud! So not funny. Pathetic, actually.

    This is such a far cry from the man who made Platoon and Wall Street.

  13. shellybean says:

    And he’ll once again get a pass because he’s a man and Charlie Sheen. I don’t know why he always gets a pass for his bad behavior. I can’t believe he still has fans. He’s done some really despicable things, and people still love him. I don’t get it. Even my own husband finds him hilarious, even though I tell him what a violent douche he is. People somehow block out his bad side.

  14. Evi says:

    It angers me to think people think this unfunny mess of a man is worth so much money.
    The show itself is shite.

  15. homegrrrrl says:

    Believe the abuser is just some “mis-understood genius” and you get your a*& burned.

  16. Size Does Matter says:

    He, Lohan, and Beiber need a reality show. They could call it Waiting for the Inevitable. Points awarded for various shenanigans. Vegas oddsmakers would have a field day!

  17. Naty says:

    He and Sean Penn share their love for wigs that seem the one that Meryl Streep had on August Osage County

  18. Ellis Alter says:

    This guy makes millions? You would have to be non compos mentis to tune into his show to put more money in his pockets.

  19. jwoolman says:

    If he’s detoxing and/or adjusting medication, he might be legitimately in no shape to work consistently. Certainly something has been especially wrong lately. When he was in “tiger blood” mode in earnest (after getting dumped from 2.5 Men), he sounded seriously manic to me – either unmedicated or having trouble getting the right doses. Then he eventually recovered to something that could pass for normal.