Has Charlie lost his sheen? Not a chance!

2011-03-11 09:28

Charlie Sheen is a little like Muammar Gaddafi – lately he just can’t seem to resist ­interviews. He calls it winning, I call it madness. His outbursts over the last couple of weeks has seen the man, known to his closest friends and family as Carlos Irwin Estevez, reach over two million followers on social networking site Twitter in less than a week. How can anyone deny he doesn’t have “tiger blood” running through his veins?

While many have expressed concern over Sheen’s bad-boy ways, I give him three cheers for coming clean and for being straight – we use those terms loosely about the Hollywood farce that has kept entertainment lovers coming back.

His no-holds-barred attitude towards the industry is as intoxicating as a line of coke snorted off a porn star’s stomach. The Two and a Half Men star, who plays the character of Charlie (very original) in the series, admitted in an interview with CNN talkshow host Piers Morgan last week that the show was based on his life.

The comparisons between him and his character are remarkably uncanny, which was part of the ­series’ charm.

Unlike Gaddafi, who probably thinks publicity is a type of material sold at the Oriental Plaza, Sheen has had Stan Rosenfield as his spin doctor for the past ­seven years. But even Rosenfield couldn’t stand the heat and walked away.

Rosenfield told the LA Times: “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.” And who can blame him after standing by the man whose binge-drinking, drug-taking, prostitute-loving ways have landed Sheen in jail countless times and even saw him go for hernia surgery in January.

Sheen, however, told Morgan: “I think I have been doing a better job than he did lately. But Stan, come back.”

Sheen, who is Emilio Estevez’s biological brother, sparked off erratic behaviour last month when he went on national radio in the US, lambasting Two and Half Men’s executive producer Chuck Lorre by calling him a “clown, a turd and a loser”.

And really, who hasn’t had those thoughts about their boss at some point or another? The star of the series, who negotiated a $1.8 million-per-episode deal last year, told ABC News: “I am bi-winning, I win here and I win there,” in reference to a question about him taking drugs and being manic depressive.

His reality TV life has played out on the world stage thanks to controversial but hilarious statements, most notably Sheen’s utterances about Alcoholics Anonymous to gossip website TMZ: “I was shackled and oppressed by the cult of AA for 22 years.” Those who have been helped by the organisation have been up in arms about this.

CBS – the network that airs Two and a Half Men – along with production company Warner Bros have given Sheen the boot after his mission to set the record straight became a public one. What chickens!

The big bosses couldn’t handle it when he fired in their direction, saying: “I’m tired of pretending I’m not a total bitchin’ rock star from Mars.” So, the bosses fired him, implying: “No, we are the totally bitchin’ rock stars.”

The star’s love life is what has kept fans intrigued over the years, and recently he has confessed to having two girlfriends as he battles an acrimonious divorce from one-time movie extra Brooke Mueller.

Any person who loves Brooke should’ve sat her down over a cup of tea and asked if she ­really wanted to get married to a violent, prostitute-loving, drug-taking jail bird with anger management issues. Clearly no one loves her.

The good news, however, is that Sheen may be in line for a new series and has apparently been ­approached by HBO.

Until we see him on our screens again, we can’t wait for the dysfunction to continue. Now this is what you call reality TV.

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