There are things Charlie Sheen is not supposed to be saying publicly about the situation between him and Two and a Half Men, lest he risk his seat on the gravy train. Nonetheless, the extremely well-paid actor seemed determined to aggressively test the waters in a new interview.
“I was told if I went on the attack they would cancel the show, so I’m seeing if they’re telling the truth,” Sheen said Thursday during a call-in to The Alex Jones Show, a syndicated radio program.
And “attack” Sheen did, repeatedly referring to Men creator Chuck Lorre in a derogatory manner, calling him at times a “clown,” “charlatan” and (the always classy) “turd.”
Referring to Lorre’s recent use of an end-of-show vanity card to poke fun at Sheen’s mortality, the actor boasted, “I embarrassed him in front of his children and the world by healing at a pace that this unevolved mind cannot process. I’ve spent close to the last decade… effortlessly and magically converting [Lorre's] tin can into pure gold.”
“Are they happy with the $5 billion they made off me?” Sheen asked, referring to CBS and the producers of TV’s most-watched sitcom. “[Two and a Half Men] is a runaway frickin’ juggernaut.”
But can the juggernaut withstand, say, the recasting of Sheen’s role, should his off-screen antics ultimately prove too much to tolerate? To that, Sheen said, “Watch your ratings, dudes. Watch your stupid ratings. Whatever. Do what you’ve got to do. I’ll go make movies with superstars and not work with idiots.”
As posed in our headline, could Sheen have been testing his bosses to see if they’d retort by actually axing Men? Perhaps. Though at the end of his rambling and at times outright bizarre radio call-in, Sheen maintained that he was “excited to get back to work” next week, at which point he will have completed a month of quasi-elective at-home rehab.
At the very least, Sheen seemed to want to let off some steam and in his unique way defend his on-the-razor’s-edge lifestyle. As the hard-partying actor put it, “I’m so tired of pretending like my life isn’t perfect and bitchin’ and just winning every second.”
What is your assessment of this increasingly strange if not obviously tense situation? Do you think Sheen is looking for an “out” to dive back into a film career, working with “superstars”?