Since I can’t comment with any expertise on the current situation in Egypt, I thought I’d weigh in on Charlie Sheen. The bad boy actor is the first to say that people who don’t know him should not judge him. I would agree. Except that when the news reports and prime time interviews focus on his daily didactic rants and since his escapades dominate the airwaves and talk shows, it’s hard to get away from it.
For the record, I have never met the man. I know, it’s hard to believe. As arts and entertainment editor living in northern B.C. and who’s been asking my boss for years to send me to Hollywood at least for the Academy Awards it is very strange we never crossed paths. Or that his handlers (before they quit) never called me for an interview with the Free Press.
Fact is stranger than fiction.
Now I’m not a big fan of the actor’s Two and A Half Men but I do think it’s kind of funny and a half decent sit com. Like most people, everything I know about Charlie Sheen is from the tabloids, People magazine and, as mentioned, his T.V. interviews. His recent appearance on Piers Morgan is quite revealing.
Sheen calls drug counsellors and critics ‘clowns’ and says people who pan his lifestyle are ‘losers’ who really just want to have his life. No, not me Charlie. I wouldn’t mind his pay scale ($1.6 million a story would suit me fine) but he and his pair of blond-haired, live-in Charlie’s angels he calls them goddesses can have their life. It’s way too weird. From everything that I’ve read and heard about Charlie Sheen he’s what I would call half a man. He’s into blaming female victims of his past rages, slamming the producers of his show and in a real show of arrogance, biting the fans’ hand that feeds him. True, lots of people got rich off Charlie Sheen but lots of people have suffered too.
As an actor, Sheen is the best. As a human being, he is the worst.
The person I feel most sorry for in all this (besides his five children) is his father Martin Sheen. When I saw the older Sheen on T.V. looking haggard and trying to explain away his son’s bad behaviour, saying he has an illness, really can’t help it and what Charlie needs is understanding well it made me very sad.
When asked by Morgan what he thought of his father’s words, Charlie looked confused then he shot back, “isn’t he out of the country or something?” Charlie claims that he lives in another realm and you know, he’s got that right.
I just wish he would stay there.
Teresa Mallam is the Arts and Entertainment Editor for the Free Press.