Charlie Sheen believes his infamous 2011 outbursts were part of a “juvenile meltdown”
The former ‘Two and a Half Men’ star was fired from the CBS comedy series a decade ago when he publicly insulted its creator Chuck Lorre and went on a series of expletive-filled rants in which he coined the catchphrase “winning” and said he had “tiger blood”
2 March 2021
And now, 10 years later, Charlie has admitted his outbursts were childish, and has been making a conscious effort to move forward.
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He said: "People have [said to] me, 'Hey, man, that was so cool, that was so fun to watch. That was so cool to be a part of and support and all that energy and, you know, we stuck it to the man. My thought behind that is, 'Oh, yeah, great. I'm so glad that I traded early retirement for a f****** hashtag.'
“There was 55 different ways for me to handle that situation, and I chose number 56. And so, you know, I think the growth for me post-meltdown or melt forward or melt somewhere - however you want to label it - it has to start with absolute ownership of my role in all of it. And it was desperately juvenile."
In January 2011, filming on ‘Two and a Half Men’ was suspended whilst Charlie began undergoing treatment for drug addiction following a relapse, but by late February, the star was fired from the show completely after he called co-creator Chuck Lorre a “turd” and a “clown”.
Reflecting on his state of mind, Charlie told Yahoo! Entertainment: "I think it was drugs or the residual effects of drugs, and it was also an ocean of stress and a volcano of disdain."
The 55-year-old actor – who has Sam, 16, and Lola, 15, with ex-wife Denise Richards, and 11-year-old twin sons Max and Bob with ex-wife Brooke Mueller – referred to himself as “a total fricking rock star from Mars” in his 2011 rants, and said he wouldn’t die as a result of his battle with drug addiction because “dying’s for amateurs''.
In one interview, he said: "I was bangin' seven-gram rocks and finishing them because that's how I roll, because I have one speed, one gear ... I'm different. I have a different constitution, I have a different brain, I have a different heart. I got tiger blood, man. Dying's for fools, dying's for amateurs.
"I am on a drug. It's called Charlie Sheen. If you try it once you will die. Your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body."
Whilst in another he added: "I'm tired of pretending like I'm not special. I'm tired of pretending like I'm not b*******, a total fricking rock star from Mars, and people can't figure me out, they can't process me. I don't expect them to. You can't process me with a normal brain."