Charlie Sheen, Still Strong and Winning
While many expect Charlie Sheen to be wallowing in pride and continued irrational behavior, Charlie is not down and out yet. He has a new show upcoming on FX, a Fox network cable channel. It promises to feature the same kind of funny, self-deprecating humor that was exhibited and so well appreciated on Two and a Half Men.
In the new show, Anger Management, loosely based on the Adam Sandler movie with Jack Nicholson, Charlie plays an ex-baseball player who had anger management issues himself, which forced him into early retirement. Subsequently, he went back to school and emerged as an anger management therapist. Whether the show is a success or a failure, Charlie says it will be his last.
It seems that Charlie will once again play himself, basically. One can only hope so. Charlie is a funny, charming guy with real issues, issues that many people can relate to. Charlie is only human, and his true fans recognize that his character reflected the similarities to his real-life personality. In addition, Charlie was always willing to admit his faults including his real-life meltdown.
Yes, Charlie does realize and admit that his erratic behavior was damaging. However, it was only damaging to himself and his career. His re-emergence onto TV is a reflection of the industry’s recognition of Charlie’s inherent comedic talents and strong fan base. After all, partying with hookers is not the worst thing a public figure has done while still maintaining their standing; just ask ex-Washington Mayor Marion Barry, Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty and a host of other actors, singers and politicians.
In his interview with Access Hollywood, Charlie admitted he “can be a complete screw up”, but thinks that he can and should be forgiven. He has decided to move on and learn from it all. However, he also commented that some people have said that they’re bored with his “learning from it.” Fans want him to move on and be Charlie, the loveable, charming scamp his characters and personality exemplify.
As to his 21-date ‘Violent Torpedo of Truth Tour’, he admits that was a misguided venture. When asked what he learned subsequent to his Two and a Half cancellation, Charlie said the lesson was “…stick to what you know…” He also conceded that booking a 21-city tour with no act is not the way to go.
If there is one thing everybody knows about Hollywood and TV, it is that the bad boy image and excessive behavior are not deal breakers. The ability to get back on your feet and deliver what the audience wants is the important thing. It remains to be seen whether Charlie can pull it off, but the bets are in that Charlie will have no problem bringing his talents and charm to the table once again.