Charlie Sheen ratcheted up his limelight last week when he bashed his boss at Two and a Half Men on a syndicated radio program. Referring to Chuck Lorre, the show's creator, executive producer, and writer, Sheen said, "'Last I checked, Chaim [Lorre's given name], I spent close to the last decade effortlessly and magically converting your tin cans into pure gold.' And the gratitude I get is this charlatan chose not to do his job, which is to write." Sheen, who reportedly made $1.8 million an episode, also called Lorre "a contaminated little maggot." In the aftermath, production for the CBS show was put on hold, and late night comedy hosts had a field day.
But the fun didn't stop there.
ABC scattered teasers of their 20/20 interview with Sheen throughout the Oscars Sunday night. "I am on a drug; it's called Charlie Sheen!" one teaser showed. In the interview, which aired Tuesday night, Sheen continued, "It's not available because if you try it once, you will die. Your face will melt off and children will weep over your exploded body. Too much?" The actor agreed to a drug test after the interview—and passed.
If his narcissism wasn't already apparent, Sheen complained in an interview Monday that he spent years trying to be a nice guy and get along with others he works with. "I'm tired of pretending I'm not special," he said on NBC's Today Show. "I'm tired of pretending like I'm not bitchin', a total freaking rock star from Mars."
Sheen's publicist resigned this week, and he lost custody of his young twin sons, who had been living in a Los Angeles mansion with Sheen and his two "goddess" girlfriends—a graphic designer and a porn star. But the audience seems to love this new drug called Charlie Sheen. The actor joined Twitter on Tuesday and had garnered more than 1.5 million followers by Friday morning. One Tweet read, "the title of my book has finally been delivered thru vast and extensive Lunar channels. 'Apocalypse Me' Warlock Latin for WINNING."
Meanwhile, the future of Two and a Half Men is uncertain, but Sheen has said he wouldn't do it for less than $3 million an episode. His train-wreck-like draw seems irresistible for media outlets, but have you had a Sheen overdose?
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