“People have [said to] me, ‘Hey man, that was so cool, that was so fun to watch. It was so cool to be a part and support and all that energy and, you know, we stuck it to the man, ”Sheen said. “My thought behind it is, ‘Oh, yeah, great. I’m so glad I traded early retirement for a f *** ing hashtag. “”
Two and a half men paused so Sheen could seek professional help. Then CBS president Les Moonves got involved, but Sheen opted for in-home treatment.
Sheen then engaged in a public battle with show creator Chuck Lorre.
In a series of interviews in 2011, Sheen rose to prominence for his memorable snippets in response to the public unrest, including ‘Winning’, ‘Tiger Blood’, ‘Warlock’ and ‘Adonis DNA’. He made sure to attack Lorre in almost every discussion.
He was officially fired from his sitcom on March 7, 2011, with Sheen remaining in the news for the next several years outside of that notoriety.
Today, he admits, it was not to end like this.
“There is a time when [former CBS CEO] The Moonves and his main attorney, Bruce, were at my house and they said, ‘OK, the Warner jet is full on the runway. Roll up in an hour and go to rehab, right? My first thought was kind of like really… there’s a certain comedic value to what my first thought was, ”Sheen says. “At that point, when I said, ‘Oh, damn, I finally got the Warner jet.’ That’s all I heard. But if I could turn back time to that point, I would have taken a plane. And it was that giant left turn at that point that led to, you know, a very unfortunate streak of public and senseless events.
Sheehan now admits he was not a team player.
“There were 55 different ways for me to handle this situation, and I chose number 56. And so, you know, I think growing for me after collapsing or melting or melting somewhere – no matter how you want to call it – to start with absolute ownership of my role in all of this, ”says Sheen. “And it was hopelessly youthful.”
He added, “I think it was the drugs or the after effects of the drugs… and it was also an ocean of stress and a volcano of disdain. It was all self-generated, you know, ”Sheen says of what caused the incident. “All I had to do was step back and say, ‘OK, let’s make a list. Let’s list, like, everything cool in my life that’s going on right now. Let’s make a list of what’s not cool. Do you know what I’m saying? And the cool list was really full. The uncool list was, like, two things that could have been easily dismissed.
“I was loaded and my brain was not functioning properly.”
Today, the novelty of public celebrity meltdowns is viewed differently. It’s no longer cool to sit and watch someone set their life on fire.
“I was really a guy who needed someone to reach out to and say, ‘Hey, man, there’s obviously a ton of other bullshit. How can we help you? Sheen said. “And instead they came in droves with banners and songs, all kind of fanfare and celebration of, you know, what I think is a very public display of a sanity moment.”
Today, Sheen is focused on developing a new show. “I just, I have absolute faith that the things I’m going to do professionally in Act 3 are going to muzzle all of these things and that people can celebrate me again for what I actually do for a living.