Charlie Sheen talks retirement, slams AA: 'I don't know what clean is'
Charlie Sheen says he may retire after his TV comedy comeback as the lead character in the new FX series "Anger Management, following a publicized meltdown that got him fired from CBS' "Two and a Half Men."
"When I'm done with this business it's just going to be about soccer games and amusement parks," Sheen, who has five children, the 46-year-old actor told The New York Times in an interview published on Wednesday. "And when this ends, I'm done. This is my swan song."
"Anger Management" is loosely based on the 2003 comedy film and premieres on June 28. Sheen's character on "Two and a Half Men" was killed off and given a funeral. he pokes fun at it in a promotional video for "Anger Management." (pictured above)
Following a slew of ad sales, the writers of the series have been told they can begin writing episodes for a second season starting in July, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Sheen, who is known for his love of partying, told the newspaper he did not have be subjected to drug tests while working on the debut season of "Anger Management," which wrapped production last month.
"Nah. I told them to go [away] with that one," he told The New York Times. 'It's an invasion of privacy, man. Total invasion of privacy."Sheen has battled substance abuse for years. He was famously fired from the CBS comedy series "Two and a Half Men" in 2011 after months of personal turmoil, including a rehab stint that had delayed production, and a slew of erratic, on-air rants against series co-creator, Chuck Lorre.
Sheen also told The New York Times that he would not agree to undergo physical examinations for "Anger Management," which is his first major role since the firing. Such procedures, routine drug tests and background checks are often required of people working on on-air productions in Hollywood.
"If they say, 'What's going on?,' I'm like, 'I don't know, what's going on with you?' 'Well, you seem a little ...' 'Really, that's your opinion? How does the work look?' 'Well, the work's great but ...'' Everything after 'but' is a dial tone. Go to hell," Sheen said, adding: "They knew what they were getting. And they know it's not always going to be smooth sailing."
"I don't know what clean is. I'm not a member of A.A. anymore," Sheen told The New York Times. "I'm not a member of any of those groups. I think they're all rooted in stuff that doesn't really apply. It's not for everyone. A.A. is a place that some pass through and others wind up, sorry. It was written by a drunk who was a plagiarist and took acid and [had sex with] everybody's wife. It's true, dude, sorry."
Sheen has often criticized Alcoholics Anonymous. He told the newspaper: "I gave them 22 years, man, and I got tired of some loser in a convertible van telling me how to live my life. And then I had the horrendous examples of hypocrisy on my last show, that A.A. so eloquently delivered or created."
Warner Bros. Television had said in its firing letter that the actor had "been engaged in dangerously self-destructive conduct and appears to be very ill," while Lorre told TV Guide in December 2011, regarding Sheen's turmoil: "You couldn't do that much cocaine and work. It was heartbreaking to be around here last year."
Sheen's co-star, Jon Cryer, said "it became clear" that Sheen was "not sober" and that the actor's "personality was changing." Sheen never confirmed their allegations.
Sheen was honored with his own Comedy Central Roast after his meltdown and maintains a sense of humor with it comes to his vices and past legal problems. He was pokes fun at himself in commercials, including a Fiat ad that shows him driving straight into a house and telling party guests, while cozying up to a model, "I love being under house arrest. What do I get for good behavior?"
Russell Brand teased him while hosting the MTV Movie Awards, saying: "I've taped a bottle of Hennessy and a gram of coke under your chair. In case I start going crazy, just nick it and do a couple of lines. Release the tiger blood hero!"
Sheen, who sat in the audience, was seen grinning and giving a thumbs up.
Sheen told The New York Times he was "so miserable" while working on "Two and a Half Men." He starred on the series since its 2003 debut and was the top-paid television actor in 2010, commanding a reported $1.25 million per episode, which broke a Guinness World Record.