Charlie Sheen Reveals Lessons Learned on the Brink of Self-Destruction

Jan 9, 2012  •  Post A Comment

Charlie Sheen says he’s “not crazy — anymore” and says he’s determined to do things differently now that he has a second chance at career survival and, well, survival, according to media reports.

Sheen stole the thunder from the Fox broadcast network when he showed up last night at the net’s TCA party to plug his upcoming FX sitcom, “Anger Management.” He was immediately hounded by media, our friend James Hibberd reports in Entertainment Weekly, and responded with self-restraint — and answers that made sense.

Asked how he feels about losing his $2 million-a-week job on CBS’s “Two and a Half Men,” Sheen said: “You can’t lose it if you never had it. I went from $2 million a week to $1,700 a week [on the indie film ‘A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III’] and I’ve never been happier. It’s not about the money.”

Pressed to reflect on the drug-fueled frenzy that surrounded his firing from “Men,” Sheen said: “It was a lot about what had been going on for all those years on the [‘Two and a Half Men’] set. It was also about the pressures cooking up 30 years in the business and finally wanting to say all the things — and I said them all at once, and it created a tsunami of bizarre proportions.”

Sheen added that he wishes he had been “a little less vocal about the people I worked with” and said in the future he will “try to pick my spots and think a little longer [before speaking publicly],” the piece reports.

Sheen reportedly settled his differences with “Men” producer Warner Bros. for an estimated $25 million. “The reason I pushed it is was I knew I was right. I knew I was absolutely right in my stand, about what they had done,” he said, referring to his firing. “That’s why I pushed it so hard. I knew there was victory at the end.”

Hibberd writes: “On FX’s ‘Anger Management,’ Sheen is a baseball player-turned-therapist with an ex-wife, a teenage daughter, and plenty of problems. If Charlie Harper was a Bad Boy type, Sheen joked that his new character (who will also be named Charlie) will be ‘Bad Boy Lite.’ Sheen frequently drew comparisons to his experience working on ‘Men,’ which he’s portrayed as a creatively stifling environment, to the new show headed by former ‘Drew Carey Show’ writer Bruce Helford.”

Said Sheen: “To have my input welcomed is an alien concept for me. [Helford] said, ‘I’m never going to make you say something you don’t want to say.’ I said, ‘I’m never going to say something that’s not on the page.’”

In an apparent dig at his old show, Sheen said: “There’ll be no fart jokes, no dick jokes, no poo-poo jokes. That’s when writers get lazy … we’re going to stay away from the obvious.”

Sheen adds: “I spent a year in anger management, so I already did my research,” Deadline.com reports.

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