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Charlie Sheen hits Australian newspaper again; Sept 19, 2009
« on: September 25, 2009, 02:39:42 am »
Sheen keeps on shining

Sept 19, 2009
Daily Telegraph

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Hollywood’s highest-paid TV actor has no fear of deviating from the script, writes Erin McWhirter

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http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/erinmcwhirter/index.php - Erin McWhirter is the Daily Telegraph's TV editor.

DRUG addict, pill-popper, porn-site prowler, pot-stirrer, serial groom and gambler. America’s highest-paid TV star, Charlie Sheen — who has also been described as tenacious, opinionated, funny and an esteemed actor — has certainly divided public opinion over the years.

His two ex-wives, Donna Peele and Denise Richards (mother of two of his five children), have few kind words for the cashed-up member of Hollywood royalty, claiming he was controlling, difficult and permanently programmed to selfdestruct during their respective marriages.

And for all his on-screen brilliance, his off-screen antics have been the stuff of a publicist’s nightmares: His one-time fiancee ´ Kelly Preston, now married to John Travolta, left him after he accidentally shot her in the arm; he overdosed while injecting cocaine in 1998.

Despite all that, the son of acting legend Martin Sheen and brother of Emilio Estevez remains largely unrepentant about the past.

‘‘ I don’t think it’s wise to dwell on regret,’’ he said once during an interview.

‘‘ There’s regret, sure. But whatever you’ve done good or bad, is a part of who you are now. That’s the thing you can change and improve.’’

Sheen’s inability to maintain a likeable public image means he is also one of Hollywood’s most interesting figures — passionate about his beliefs and willing to engage in debate, he is one of just a handful of actors who has repeatedly committed career suicide and somehow lived to tell the tale.

Last week was a case in point: When the star of Spin City and Hot Shots! proclaimed to the world that US Government should face serious questions over the September 11 terror attacks, he chose a day that would generate worldwide press and get him noticed — the eighth anniversary of atrocity.

In doing so, he took aim at the country’s newlyelected President Barack Obama, alleging, in an open letter, the former administration had been party to a cover-up.

‘‘ I wrote the letter for two reasons,’’ Sheen said last week. ‘‘ Firstly, I wanted to create a public document specifically rooted in fact. Secondly, this is our first new president since 9/11 and consequently his first 9/11 anniversary in office.

‘‘ Enough stonewalling, enough media manipulation. The families [of the victims] deserve better, America deserves better. I can personally not stand idly by any longer.’’

Sheen claimed he wrote the missive on behalf of the relatives of the 2976 victims of 9/11, adding that the attacks had served ‘‘ as the pretext for the systematic dismantling of our Constitution and Bill of Rights’’.

While his longstanding scepticism of the US Government’s version of events is welldocumented, what makes it even more extraordinary is the fact that professionally, Sheen is at the top of his game. He is currently pocketing $US875,000 ($999,451) for every half-hour episode the 44-year-old churns out of the hit comedy series Two And A Half Men. For the past three years, he has attracted Emmy nominations for his role as the womanising, vulgar, sexist Charlie Harper.

If he bags this year’s award for Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series at Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre on Sunday (Monday, Australian time), many will argue that he’s not acting at all, with the character loosely based on his own dramas — and they’ll be right.

 ‘‘ That’s why people still love this show,’’ media analyst Peter Cox says. ‘‘ Because he is playing an extension of himself and even though that is offensive, people still enjoy the entertaining and sensational side of it.’’

His co-star Jon Cryer, who plays Sheen’s brother Alan in the sitcom, agrees, but says Two And A Half Men has also acted as a comeback and healing session for Sheen, who has been sober since the early 1990s and described his 1996 Golden Globe win for his role in Spin City as ‘‘ a sober acid trip’’.

Cryer met Sheen on the set of Hot Shots! in 1991 and they hit it off instantly. He knows the party boy side of his friend well.

‘‘ My life had gotten so bad, my body started shutting down and I was only 32 at the time,’’ Sheen said of the past, while discussing his role in Wall Street alongside Michael Douglas in 1987.

‘‘ I’d begun drinking all the time. We shot in New York City, so I’d be out to the bars every night ’ til 3am or 4am, then try to show up for a six o’clock call to stand toe-to-toe with Michael Douglas and handle 50 per cent of a scene. How could that work?

‘‘ Yet there I was, the guy that struck gold, looking around at dawn to find that the only one still partying was me.

 ‘‘ I’d be drinking away, doing blow [cocaine], popping pills, and telling myself I wasn’t an addict, because there wasn’t a needle stuck in my arm.’’

In spite of his faults, including admissions that he spent nearly $50,000 on 27 of Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss’s $2500-a-night prostitutes, and charges of assault on an ex-girlfriend, Sheen is still a global TV favourite. Two And A Half Men, shown at least five nights a week on Channel 9, attracted a respectable national audience of 1.79 million for its daily 7pm shows last week.

The sixth season, which broadcast in the US from September 2008 until May this year, was ranked as the 10th most-watched show, with an average of 15.1 million viewers.

 ‘‘ The show is a huge word-of-mouth show,’’ Cox says. ‘‘ Every person I’ve mentioned the show to has watched it and when I say to females, ‘ Don’t you find it sexist?’ they say ‘ Yes, but I like the way he [Sheen’s character Charlie Harper] calls it how it is’.

‘‘ The show also treads a thin line with the treatment of [homosexuality], alcoholism, sexism and not raising a child in a politically-correct way. They break all the cultural taboos there are but people enjoy watching that because it’s relatable subject matter.’’

In at least one sense though, Sheen does toe a more conventional line publicly, citing fatherhood as the most important role he’s ever played.

Sheen and third wife, real estate investor Brooke Mueller, are now busy caring for two demanding twin boys, Bob and Max, born in March this year.

‘ It’s pretty amazing,’’ he said. ‘‘ Not a whole lot of sleep, but what parent does at this stage? There’s adrenalin, excitement, fear.’’
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Re: Charlie Sheen hits Australian newspaper again; Sept 19, 2009
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2009, 02:47:35 am »
Talk about smear... guilty as charged but that doesn't invalidate his opinions.

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Re: Charlie Sheen hits Australian newspaper again; Sept 19, 2009
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2009, 02:53:55 am »
that Charlie Sheen's lived some, huh?

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Re: Charlie Sheen hits Australian newspaper again; Sept 19, 2009
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2009, 02:15:55 am »
that Charlie Sheen's lived some, huh?

;)

She had to talk about his 9/11 comments to make the rest of the article even remotely relevant for her to be writing a story about him to begin with!  :D

It was 1% relevance 99% status quo.
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Re: Charlie Sheen hits Australian newspaper again; Sept 19, 2009
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2009, 08:37:03 pm »
They always say that it ruins their careers (when people speak out) but in fact they actually tend to become more popular and controversial.
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