He’s experiencing a renaissance most actors can only dream of: after years of bad movies, a hit first-run television sitcom falls in his lap, beautiful women with no inhibitions or self-esteem are throwing themselves at him like tweens on a lock of Justin Bieber’s hair and he has more money than God!
Why then does Charlie Sheen insist on sabotaging a role that only requires he show up on time and play himself for a few weeks a year?
In an interview with NBC’s Jeff Rossen that aired on TODAY Monday morning, Sheen put himself in a select Hollywood group that includes the late Farrah Fawcett and Joaquin Phoenix. Namely, actors that seem hell-bent on destroying their legacy of solid performances with erratic, self-destructive behaviour.
Sheen lashed out at his Two and a Half Men co-stars, who their credit, have been unusually silent so far, “It’s everybody thinks I should be begging for my job back, and I’m just going to forewarn them that it’s everybody else that’s going to be begging me for their job back.”
And he even took cheap shots at total strangers, claiming he is nothing like the average addict or alcoholic, who he says lack his strength of character, describing them as “fools, trolls. Weak. Defeated. They allowed defeat to be an option. I will not.”
The interview just gets weirder and more pathetic from there and Today is planning on airing more tomorrow morning. I’m betting they stretch the whole thing out for a week; Charlie’s latest meltdown is ratings gold.
And of course TMZ.com was all over the story, with Sheen actually granting them a poolside interview after Today! Unfortunately, it cost him his longtime publicist Stan Rosenfield, who resigned immediately after and issued the following statement: “I have worked with Charlie Sheen for a long time and I care about him very much. However, at this time, I’m unable to work effectively as his publicist and have respectfully resigned.”
Lindsay Lohan is going to have to launch a career as a girls-only porn star to top this one.
Speaking of lesbians, Anne Hathaway made a lesbian joke at the Oscars that fell flat, as did the opening sequence that completely ripped off Billy Crystal’s innovative routine from years gone by. There’s talk of bringing actual comedians back into the fold next year, (something they probably would have done if the Academy wasn’t so afraid of another Ricky Gervais incident) but we’ll have to see.
It was pretty cool that Hollywood vet Kirk Douglas stole the show (and after a stroke no less!) and proved ad-libbing beats the hell out of the work of a bunch of sweaty geeks who still live in their mom’s basement!
Personally, I thought Hathaway and James Franco did a solid job in roles that are always hit and miss at best. They should have pulled a Gervais and just cut loose on their fellow stars – the public would have loved it and screw the celebrities who can’t laugh at themselves! If the Academy want the Oscars to survive they’re going to have to take drastic action.
I’m sure they can land Charlie Sheen for next year’s broadcast.
COSTUMES LIKE THIS AND THE RATINGS STILL SUCKED?
- Charlie Sheen On “The TODAY Show” VIDEO (popcrunch.com)
- The Most Insane Quotes From Charlie Sheen’s TMZ Interview (crushable.com)
- Did Charlie Sheen Upstage The Academy Awards? (sbnation.com)
- The Morning Fix: ‘King’s Speech’ makes lots of speeches at Oscars! Charlie Sheen won’t shut up. (latimesblogs.latimes.com)