Matt Lauer to Charlie Sheen: How are you still alive? (paraphrasing)

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Charlie Sheen was on The Today Show this morning (video above) to promote his upcoming sitcom, Anger Management, on FX. (It’s not out until June 28 so this is some early promotion and/or damage control.) Charlie and Matt Lauer talked quite a bit about Charlie’s big public meltdown a year ago. I can’t believe it’s already been a year. That was insane to see, and looking back, Charlie agrees. He said he was considering making a documentary of that time, but that he watched the videos and didn’t want to put it all out there again.

In this morning’s interview Charlie came across as somewhat more together than he did during that time period, which is of course extremely relative. He still seems like a megalomaniac whack job, and he’s still manic but not as much as he used to be. He does have more self awareness and seems much more sober-ish. Charlie admitted that he still drinks, which was all too obvious when he was videotaped acting wasted outside a Guns N Roses concert a couple of weeks ago. Matt got all serious about Charlie drinking even though he’s an addict and Charlie blew it off in his weird jokey way. Here’s more, thanks to Radar Online, and the video is above. I’m glad Radar is explaining this because it’s hard for me to follow Charlie’s train of thought:

“I’m going to start off with something that’s going to sound awful at first, but bear with me, okay?” Lauer told Sheen. “There were people who probably last year at this time were the place to bet that you might not even be around — and I mean, literally.”

Sheen joked, “I would support that, sure – I would have taken that action!”

Sheen said some of his antics during last year’s media blitz were “cringeable,” but “looking like a real insane wordsmith was fine.”

Lauer ran down a list of different projects Sheen’s been tied to since his parting from Two and a Half Men, including his new sitcom Anger Management and roles in commercials and the upcoming movie, A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III.

Sheen said after he parted ways with CBS, he “didn’t really have a plan.

“I was just — I guess the plan was to just reintroduce myself to America and to the media and just say, ‘Sorry about that. But here’s what’s happening now.’”

Asked about his oft-discussed partying, Sheen conceded he still has a drink every now and again.

Lauer said, “You’ve admitted issues with drugs: I don’t know one addiction specialist who would tell a guy in your position, ‘It’s okay to drink.”

“Well, if you do, I should probably go to that guy!” Sheen joked. “I have different theories about the whole thing: One of them is, ‘Park near the VIP exit!’”

Sheen, who noted his disdain for recovery groups during his diatribes last year, said “I don’t believe that whole — that whole piece of fiction that they insist that you have an allegiance to it, you know. But that’s just me — that’s just me.”

Asked if his Anger Management producers have made him agree to any stipulations regarding substance abuse, Charlie joked, “There’s no testing unless, you know, something obvious happens, I show up covered in blood, somebody else’s.

“No, but — and there’s clauses in any contract … they’re getting pretty serious about it. Well, there’s so much money at stake these days. I don’t blame them.”

Asked about his pointed comments toward his replacement Ashton Kutcher in media reports, Sheen conceded he harbors a few hard feelings at the way his Two and a Half Men stint wrapped up, including his character’s storyline death.

“A little bit, but I’ve got to just work through that, you know. I could probably just do it in group on my show. Just not out loud,” he said. “I just wish they had taken better care of the child left behind, you know, coddled it a little more.”

[From Radar Online]

Are you still surprised this guy is kicking? I’m not, I never really expected him to OD for some reason, probably because it seems like he’s been a hardcore addict for a decade. He’s still doing his thing, and he still thinks he’s got it under control. I’m more surprised that he still has a career he’s promoting. Maybe he’ll be able to hold it together for long enough for this show to be a success. I bet he will. He’s crazy like a fox.

Here’s Charlie outside the Today show today, 3-39-12. Credit: FameFlynet, Inc.

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  1. Eileen says:

    That guys me the creeps. *shudder*

  2. Maguita says:

    Jee-zus! His face is all kind of Satanic and disgusting.

    I am surprised that he is still alive, but then again, so is Courtney Love. There is some research out there supporting hard-drug abuse versus “prescription-drug” abuse. The latter kills you faster. The hard-drug abuse, if you don’t overdose, lets you live longer: The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, and all those 70’s legends who are still around and kicking in their very-old age are hard irrefutable proof.

    • dweep says:

      Just today I was wondering how Keith Richards is still alive when Britanny Murphy, MJ, Whitney and other people are dead. Your explanation sounds reasonable to me.

      • Cleveland Girl says:

        They all died from Xanax. I don’t think Charlie does prescription drugs, just illegal ones.

      • Naye in VA says:

        i could have sworn that britney died from and untreated medical condition

    • Maguita says:

      @Cleveland Girl, Xanax is only the beginning. It is the mixology of today’s uppers and downers, that have become much more powerful than say only 15 years ago.

      And don’t forget, Elvis’ body gave out too because of all the uppers and downers he took to alleviate his emotional and physical pain. And back then, they had NOTHING on today’s “pain-alleviating” drugs.

  3. LL says:

    He looks like hell.

  4. Esmom says:

    During the meltdown last year I fully expected to wake up one day and read a report that he had died. I am shocked he’s still here. I see he looks as bad as ever, makes me want to shower just looking at him. Yuck.

  5. lucy2 says:

    WTF is he talking about? Creepy lunatic.

  6. Agnes says:

    he looks horrific, i can’t believe someone hired him in this state.

  7. Cherry says:

    Considering the previous comments, I gotta ask: is it bad that I’m totally rooting for him? He cracks me up. I love his craziness. Never a dull day with this dude.

    • k says:

      If “never a dull day” includes trying to kill your wife, I agree.

      • Nikster says:

        These women are stupid enough to think they will tame him.

      • Maguita says:

        I’d rather blame the system who had failed time and time again to rehabilitate a woman abuser.

        Not cool to blame women: see some of the comments on this post who are rooting for Charlie Sheen?

        That’s because Charlie Sheen is a charmer, who gets what or who he wants, and gets away with murder. You would be surprised at the legion of women (paid for or unpaid for) who fell under his spell. It is quite different I think when you meet him in person. That was my thought process when I watched his comedy roast. He was cool, attentive, and very protective of his ex-wife when someone dared go there.

        Makes you think a bit more. Be a pit more sympathetic to the women who fall for him. And how someone who had sooo many tribulations with the law, has not been made to suffer the consequences, and had gotten away with too much.

    • Jackie says:

      glad you think he is funny. i’m sure his 5 kids don’t.

    • Leticia says:

      Cherry, I kinda agree with you. I feel sorry for his kids, but I enjoy his ramblings.

    • Marie Antoinette Jr. says:

      Cherry I completely agree with you. Charlie is a tortured soul–but he’s entertaining as hell. I’m rooting for him too.

      As far as his wives go–those women chose him and knew what they were getting. If you choose to make babies with a publicly admitted and unapologetic party boy, you WILL get what you signed up for.

    • janie says:

      No, I totally agree. He’s definitely a bit fucked up, but he’s so up front about it that I can’t hate. It’s refreshing after all these celebrity addicts that continue to deny what’s obvious.

    • sandra says:

      I root for him too. He does his own thing, that’s for sure. The cigs will probably kill him before his other vices.

  8. the other mel says:

    He sure was twitchy on this interview. I doubt he’s limiting himself to only alcohol.

    • gg says:

      He is really twitchy naturally. I saw him on a few tv interview eons ago – back when Heidi Fleiss said he was one of her clients – and he made me nervous just watching him spaz out.

    • Roma says:

      Years of systematic drug use will leave you twitchy; that’s why people feel more “normal” on the drugs.

  9. Deven says:

    He should have been medicated YEARS ago for his bi-polar brain!

  10. LAK says:

    Compared to last year, i think he looks good in these pictures.

    Also, i never thought he was completely out of it last year. ok, maybe for a week or two at the beginning. But for the most part, there was method to the madness. It didnt look logical but it was there.

  11. Hautie says:

    What will eventually kill Charlie, is the 3 pack a day habit.

    He smokes so much, that two of his fingers on his right hand are yellow.

    If you see random pictures of him, when not freshly bleached for TV interviews… the color of those fingers are awful.

    But as big of train wreck Charlie may be… he still manages to get his shit together to earn that cash.

    The cash he is very fond of… and that pays for all the coke and hookers!

    Plus he has the two ex-wife’s with his four kids to pay for too!

    (I just notice that his brother Ramon is in the background of a couple of the pictures… which is a good thing. Since Ramon is not a f*ck up. And has always seem to be level headed…)

  12. Nanz says:

    He does not look well. That’s as nice as I can say it.

  13. Sander says:

    I want to root for Charlie even though he’s done worse things than folks I’d never root for, like Chris Brown. Is it really all just charm??

    • Jordan says:

      Exactly I find it so odd that ppl still like him or at least take it easy on him but want to see Chris Brown suffer. Hmm…Is it charm…or race?

      • Lama says:

        More like knowledge – Charlie Sheen has never been proven to have beaten up a woman. And while that sounds like a weak explanation, go over accusations against him again and then compare it with the Chris Brown beating of Rhianna. On a scale of arseholishness, Chris Brown is far ahead of Charlie.

      • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

        So, Kelly Preston shot herself? How much evidence does a person need? How any audio tapes are there of some frightened woman cloistering herself somewhere in calls where you can hear the 911 dispatcher for all the backround tantrums?

  14. ClaireBear says:

    Who smokes indoors anymore and why is he allowed to at the studio, presumably? Gross.

  15. Sarah says:

    He was such a hottie in Platoon.. What a waste!

  16. diva says:

    Why does Matt seem like he asked harder questions with charlie than he did with Lohan?

  17. Carol says:

    I never see a picture of Charlie without thinking about his dad going into court to beg the judge to revoke his probation and force him into rehab. Too bad it doesn’t seem to take for him.

  18. Ramie says:

    Insane Charlie is far more interesting. Bring back the tiger blood.

  19. velourazure says:

    he’s probably got cockroach in his blood- he’ll survive anything.

  20. original kate says:

    “two & a half men” may be the worst show i have ever seen. but casting washed up, nasty looking charlie sheen as a ladies’ man? now THAT’S funny.

    • Marie Antoinette Jr. says:

      Actually, his middle aged decrepitude was part of what made the show popular–because it is unfair that rich successful men in the entertainment business get what they want regardless of their looks or behavior. It was a major source of tension between him and his brother Alan on the show, for example.

  21. That’s a pretty reasonable question for Matt to ask though!

  22. randand00 says:

    Jesus…what’s up with his HAIR? Seriously.

  23. Maya says:

    I still feel like he’s an obnoxious, egotistical, misogynistic douchebag. But other than that, he seems just wonderful.

  24. Snowflake says:

    So sad….he’s not in recovery if he’s still drinking. He’s just substituting alcohol for the harder drugs. Hard to see the potential in people wasted by the addiction they suffer. in his case, his profession and money supports/allows it to flourish. that’s why so many rich celebrities overdose, they have the money to support their habit until they’re too far gone.

  25. Ramona Q says:

    His hair piece is looking shifty.

  26. hillbillygirl45 says:

    At least he owns his insanity and doesn’t blame it on everyone else. You know, ‘these jeans aren’t mine’, ‘the photographers were in my way’, etc. I could put up with him a helluva lot longer than I can put up with Crackzilla. Charlie DOES have talent, when he’s got his s**t together. Old Nasty Girl can’t act her way out of a sack whether she’s screwed up or not….

  27. divax says:

    Who’s the garden gnome Mini-me clone in pic 3?