Carlos Irwin Estevez (professionally: Charlie Sheen) is an American actor best known for playing Charlie Harper on the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men. Sheen launched his career in the early 1970s, going on to appear in films such as The Three Musketeers, The Arrival, and Platoon.
In the 2000s, his starring portrayal of Charlie Crawford in Spin City earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. Charlie’s popularity soared with the success of Two and a Half Men. In 2010, he celebrated being the highest-paid actor on television, taking home $1.8 million per episode. In 2021, Charlie is working on a new television show.
Charlie regrets the shocking behavior that led to his expulsion from Two and Half Men
Charlie’s spectacular fall from grace started after he pleaded guilty to domestic violence charges in August 2010. His battle with drug addiction, as well as his carefree spending on prostitutes and parties went public. Two and a Half Men suspended production so Charlie could get help. Few could have predicted what Sheen did next.
In a series of interviews in 2011, Sheen attacked Two and Half Men’s creator Chuck Lorre insistently and came up with bizarre snippets in response to critics, including ‘Adonis DNA,’ ‘winning,’ and ‘tiger blood.’ Charlie was fired from the show in early March 2011. At the time, people celebrated Sheen and cheered him on.
“People have [said to] me, ‘Hey, man, that was so cool, that was so fun to watch,” Charlie told Yahoo! Entertainment. Former CBS CEO Les Moonves approached Charlie and offered to fly him to rehab, but Charlie refused. “But if I could go back in time to that moment, I would’ve gotten on the jet,” the actor said.
“There was 55 different ways for me to handle the situation, and I chose number 56,” he added. “And it was desperately juvenile.” Charlie opines that a combination of drugs, stress, and disdain fueled his profane behavior. Sheen added:
“All I had to do was take a step back and say, OK, let’s make a list. Let’s list, like, everything that’s cool in my life that’s going on right now. Let’s make a list of what’s not cool.’ You know what I’m saying? And the cool list was really full. The not cool list was, like, two things that could’ve been easily dismissed.”
Sheen takes full responsibility for his actions, but he also feels that someone should have noticed that he was struggling mentally. Today, if Charlie went on the type of profanity-filled rampage he participated in a decade ago, people would intervene. He explained:
“I was really a guy that needed someone to reach out to and say, ‘Hey, man, obviously there’s a ton of other shit going on. How can we help’ And instead they showed up in droves with banners and songs, all types of fanfare and celebration of, you know, what I think was a very public display of a mental health moment.”
Charlie is working on a new show that he hopes will make people appreciate him for his talents
A month after his dismissal from Two and a Half Men, Charlie started a tour titled My Violent Torpedo of Truth/ Dismissal Is Not an Option. A slate of scathing reviews followed after every stop on the tour. The shows were poorly organized, and Charlie had little to offer in terms of entertainment.
Boos rang out as fans in almost all venues headed for the exit bays early, with some calling for refunds. “I already got your money, dude,” Charlie told one heckler. Two years later, Charlie revealed that the motive behind the shows was purely to make money. To that end, he made $7 million. Sheen told Piers Morgan:
“I was not ‘winning’ at all. I think what a lot of people don’t realize is I was completely broke, because, you know, when they kept my back-end and fired me and all that, I didn’t have any money left. So, I was using the tour to actually pay child support and mortgages and stuff like that. You know? So I’m grateful for that.”
“That was bad,” Charlie honestly assessed his Detroit show. Sheen went on to portray Charlie Goodson in 100 episodes of Anger Management before landing minor roles in subsequent shows and films. He told Yahoo! Entertainment that he has a show in the works that will make people remember him for his talents. Charlie said:
“I just, I have absolute faith that the things I’m going to do professionally in Act 3 are going to muzzle on all that stuff and people can celebrate me again for what I actually do for a living.”