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Charlie Sheen Puts The Twit In Twitter

Actor spins out of control in interviews and tweets

Charlie Sheen on August 2, 2010
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It’s strange to think that last year at this time, if a late night talk show was going to make a joke about the Sheen family, it would’ve been about Emilio Estevez. He was in The Breakfast Club and a few other decent movies – then did Mighty Ducks and married Paula Abdul.

Now his brother Charlie Sheen is the one being made fun of.

He made the news previously for becoming the highest paid TV actor with $1.3 million an episode for Two and a Half Men. He quit the show for a week demanding $2 million and got it.

Before that, he made the news for making a few bad choices with his money. One was buying the baseball that went through Bill Buckner’s legs in the World Series, for $93,000 (it’s worth a lot less). And he testified in the Heidi Fleiss case, admitting to having paid for escorts from her.

A few years before that, he was involved in a five year relationship with porn star Ginger Lynn. His family wasn’t thrilled about that.

And now what do we hear about Sheen? Well, what don’t we hear? He has the blood of a tiger, he’s like a warlock, he’s not bi-polar but he’s “bi-winning.”

It seems he’s done interviews with every media outlet and the things he says keep getting stranger and stranger.

Guinness World Records recently announced he was the person to fastest reach one million followers on Twitter, doing that in 25 hours and 17 minutes. No word from them on if the 7-gram rock of cocaine he smoked (those are his words) is any kind of record.

What’s stranger than all the things Sheen says, are all the things various talk show hosts say. Only TMZ, the tabloid show, seemed to ask tough questions. Their interviewer asked what he’d do if his kids wanted to drink or try cocaine. Sheen responded that he’d let them have a beer, using that cliché “I’d rather they try it here then going off somewhere and doing it.” Although when cocaine was brought up again he said he wouldn’t let them try that and how no good could come from it.

Which is odd, because in an interview days before, he claimed that you could do crack recreationally. He even bragged about how he never missed a day of work (he later admitted to missing table reads, or “practice” as he called them).

It’s strange when people like Dr. Drew say “Sheen is a nice guy…” before giving his two-cents on the subject. How can you judge if someone is nice based on various interview soundbites or movie roles he’s played?

I was talking to a friend (she wanted to remain anonymous) that’s a pharmacist. She also worked for five years in a psychiatric ward. She said, “Many people with drug issues have an underlying psychiatric disorder, such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. It’s called a ‘dual diagnosis.’ People in these situations use drugs to help treat the issues they are having with everyday living. For example, in bipolar disorder, people enjoy the manic phase. They feel energetic and feel they can tackle the world. But the other side of the coin is that they inevitably crash into depression. So many use stimulants such as cocaine and methamphetamine to push themselves out of depression and back into the manic feeling. In the case of Charlie Sheen, you can see how pressured his speech is. His statements are very grandiose. He claims magical powers, that others with normal brains just don’t understand him. Before some of these interviews, he had two drug tests which came up clean for illegal substances. If that’s true, I would guess he’s in the depths of a severge manic episode. And in this state, he -- as well as others around him -- are in danger.

"In working with bipolar patients in a psychiatric setting, in the manic state, it is very hard to speak with them because their thinking is very scattered. They are disruptive in conversation. And, they are very hard to treat because these patients enjoy the mania. They like the energy, the productivity, the creativity. Medications take that edge away, so they are usually non-compliant with their medications.”

The one positive I do see in all this is that we’re watching it on video, and when that happens, authorities often step in. When Britney Spears spiraled out of control, they stepped in and let her dad take control of her money and welfare. Years earlier when O.J. Simpson was abusing his wife and stalking her, we weren’t privy to that. And we all know how that turned out.

Sheen does seem to be on a similar path.

You think I’m wrong about the Simpson comparison? Let’s look at what his ex Brooke Mueller is claiming: that he threatened to cut off her head and sent it in a box to her mom. Threatened to stab her in the eye with a pen knife.

She also claimed he sent anti-Semitic text messages, although that may have just been an angry fight. I seriously doubt he’s anti-Semitic. After all, Mueller is Jewish and I doubt an anti-Semite would have kids with someone Jewish (not to mention he has two lawyers and a former publicist that were Jewish).

I’m more surprised that his two kids (who were recently taken away from him), have normal names (Max and Bob).

Speaking of names, he did have a statement many found anti-Semitic when talking about his boss on Two and a Half Men. During an interview he said “There’s something this side of deplorable that a certain Chaim Levine – yeah, that’s Chuck’s real name – mistook this rock star for his own selfish exit strategy, bro. Check it, Alex – I embarrassed him in front of his children and the world by healing at a pace that his unevolved mind cannot process.”

I found that odd, considering the 45-year-old actors real name is Carlos Estevez!

I’m guessing it’ll be tough for Sheen to ever gain custody of his kids. It’s silly to think he won’t have a career in Hollywood, though. He might just have insurance issues, which was the main hurdle for Robert Downey, Jr. when he was making one of his many comebacks. Surprisingly, it was the actor that Sheen has replaced in the news – Mel Gibson – that put his own money on the line to hire Downey Jr., which lead to his incredible comeback.

Christian Slater had been involved in drugs and fights (even with cops), and he still ended up making movies and TV shows after that.

Even Gary Busey, who can hardly speak a coherent sentence, pops up everywhere (he’s currently on Celebrity Apprentice).

It’s odd that former Oceanside resident Denise Richards married Sheen, since he had a reputation as a partier before they hooked up; but hey – she doesn’t make the best choices when it comes to men (she’s most recently been linked to a few members of Motley Crue as well as the guitarist of Bon Jovi).

A 24-year-old playmate from San Diego is engaged to the 84-year-old Hugh Hefner, and Sheen is apparently trying to match the Hef. He’s said that he wants a house of 20 porn stars, and currently has two (well…one is a porn star, the other a pin-up from a marijuana magazine).

A reliable source told me Billy Idol met two attractive women backstage after a concert here, and they went on the road with him for two weeks. Maybe he can give lessons to Sheen on how to party and keep it on the down-low.

The thing that’s amazing about these celebrities – aside from their partying, which all ends up being captured on video – is that they never have people that advise them against these antics. Or if they do, they don’t seem to listen (which might explain why his publicist recently quit).

I would’ve pulled Sheen aside and said “Listen…I understand you’re angry with the producers of Two and a Half Men, but when you say the only drug you’re on is Charlie Sheen, and how nobody would be able to handle your brain…it just sounds weird. You have to calm down and just talk about how you did party, but could still do the work. And refrain from saying you had a suitcase full of coke. It doesn’t sound cool, and nobody will be on your side.”

I might also tell him that that nobody over the age of 15 thinks it’s cool that you party with porn stars.

There was a time during all this where Sheen looked like he’d be playing his cards right. He offered to pay the cast of Two and a Half Men while the show was in “high atus.” That didn’t last long. He quickly switched gears to trying to get the staff of that show to side with him. He’d have a whole lot of excuses as to why the show wasn’t filming, including a mention of them not having scripts ready. Problem is – nobody is buying the suitcase of excuses he’s selling.

The network was smart to stay quiet and let him dig his own grave. Although I did hear network honcho Les Moonves say last night “I wish he would’ve worked this hard to win an Emmy” (in reference to the media blitz the actor has been on).

Sheen isn’t just angry at Moonves and the rest of the CBS suits. He’s lashed out at his own dad, who compared his drug addiction to a disease like cancer. It might be the only time Charlie made sense when he responded, “Ask somebody in the hospital with cancer if they’d like to switch places with me.”

It’s a shame that Martin Sheen, who suffered a heart attack while filming Apocalypse Now and has had a great career with nobody ever saying a bad word about him…now has to spend the twilight years of his life dealing with this.

Two and a Half Men has been cancelled for the rest of the year. The rumors are that if it comes back, John Stamos may replace Sheen. Who knows when it will come back, if at all. The kid on the show will be old enough by then that the show could be called Three Men.

Let’s just hope that Sheen can change his life before it’s cancelled, too.