I’ve been putting off covering this story about Charlie Sheen because I’m so fed up with him. He’s an addict, he makes excuses and denies things and then expects his life to go on as usual as if it’s everyone else’s problem that he’s an addict. That’s pretty much the gist of his call-in interview to a radio station yesterday, in which he bitched and moaned that production is still shut down on Two and a Half Men because he’s ready to go back to work.
Charlie Sheen says he’s all better…for now.
A week and a half after his 36-hour bender — reportedly featuring cocaine and porn stars — landed him in the hospital, the actor wants to get back to work on Two and a Half Men.
Sheen, 45, was a surprise caller Monday morning on the Dan Patrick Show — sounding raspy-voiced and defiant about CBS’ decision to put his hit show on hiatus while he recovers via at-home rehab.
“I just figured I was supposed to go back to work because I’m ready,” the actor explained. “They said, ‘You get ready [and] we’ll get ready.’ And I got ready.”
The father of five blasted the network’s perceived meddling into his “personal life.” (There is a morals clause in his show contract.)
“Nit pick, nit pick, but I don’t think [the clause] covers, ‘Let us totally dominate and interfere with your personal life,’” Sheen complained. “I have a contract. They said, ‘Get your act together,’ and I did.”
To those skeptical about such a fast turnaround? “I heal really quickly, but I also unravel pretty quickly,” Sheen warned. “So get me right now, guys. Get me right now!”
What drives him to drink and party? “Boredom,” Sheen said. “Wanting to make things better – whether it’s real or imagined.”
Sheen’s not a fan of 12 Step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous either, he said. “I was sober for five years a long time ago and was just bored out of my tree,” he said. Calling himself “sober,” Sheen explained, would be “inauthentic –it’s not who I am.”
These days? “I’m having a ball,” Sheen said. “I am enjoying every moment.”
[From US Weekly]
You can listen to Charlie’s interview here. He talks about his bizarre meeting with the UCLA baseball team, during which he told them to “stay off the crack, drink a chocolate milk.” He also claims to be sober, but then makes a bunch of excuses about why he’s still drinking about says that it’s “inauthentic” for him not to be a drunk drug addict.
There were eight episodes left to be filmed for Two and a Half Men this season, but due to the hiatus four have been cut. The crew is pissed off because they won’t get paid for those four cut episodes, and that may be part of the reason why Charlie is so anxious to get back to work. He’s agreed to pay a third of the crew’s salaries during the hiatus, which could run him over half a million dollars. He probably spends that on an average weekend of high paid porn stars and the finest cocaine.
Also, is Sheen threatening producers? He said “I heal pretty quickly. But I also unravel pretty quickly,” as if he’ll go off the rails again if they don’t start his show soon. Production is scheduled to start at the end of February. Somehow this barely functioning addict became the highest paid star on television. Maybe by continuing to talk smack he’ll piss off enough higher ups for them to finally do something about it.
Charlie Sheen is shown in June, 2010. Credit: Fame