The Charlie Sheen media blitz continues today. Sheen's run-ins with the law and drug addiction have been well-documented throughout the past year, but the latest string of headlines stems from CBS's cancellation of his top-rated sitcom, Two and a Half Men, prompting Sheen to call the show's producer Chuck Lorre "a maggot" on a radio interview.
This morning, the sage continued. In an exclusive interview with The Today Show, Sheen told NBC correspondent Jeff Rossen, "I'm tired of pretending I'm not […] a total freaking rock star from Mars...You can't process me with a normal brain." After stating that he has "tiger blood and Adonis DNA," he addressed his conflict with CBS over Two and a Half Men: "Everybody thinks I should be begging for my job back. And I'm just going to forewarn them that it's everyone else who's going to be begging me for their job back...Come Wednesday morning, they're going to rename it Charlie Bros., not Warner Bros." He went on to tell Rossen how he overcame addiction: "I closed my eyes and made it so with the power of my mind. I had to unload 22 years of fiction and just decided I don't believe that anymore." He also disparaged Alcoholics Anonymous, calling its program "fiction." He also referred to himself as a “warlock.”
Just a few hours after the Today Show interview, reports emerged that Sheen had retired from acting and checked into rehab. But, his long-time publicist Stan Rosenfield quickly shot down those reports. Just to prove he was, in fact, not in rehab, Sheen allowed TMZ cameras in his own California backyard for another bizarre interview streamed live online.
Among the highlights of the later Q&A: references to his children's whereabouts ("They're in there... somewhere. Everyone here parents the kids. They're running into walls, but they're screaming 'dada' when they're doing it"), his preference for an interview location ("I want to be interviewed by Nick Swisher in Yankee Stadium because that's an arena I'm going to win in"), his detractors ("These insults are the rocket fuel that lives in the tip of my sabre") and his own mental capacities ("Every plan I have is the best plan in the room. Everybody get quiet and listen to it, and everybody will win").
Soon after the TMZ stream, Rosenfield announced that he had quit as Sheen's publicist, saying "I'm unable to work effectively as his publicist."
It's only Monday, people.
— By Pete Tosiello