Charlie Sheen On Returning to Work at CBS: “Can you imagine going back into the sludge pit with those knuckleheads at this point?”February 28, 2011 – 9:50 am by Michael Bean
We heard from Charlie Sheen here on SRI several weeks ago. Since then I assumed that he would either lose control again or be well on his way towards making amends with CBS and returning to the set of Two and a Half Men. Well, fortunately he’s not gone bonkers and been back in the tabloids for any late night benders, but he’s not exactly stayed out of the news either. Sheen’s relationship with CBS seems irreparably damaged, and if you believe Sheen, the possibility of returning to Two and a Half Men is very unlikely.
Sheen joined The Loose Cannons on FOX Sports Radio to talk about how he most certainly is 100 percent sober right now, what’s going on with the dispute between him and CBS, how that relates to the future of Two and a Half Men, whether he believes the show is done for good, how he’d be willing to honor his word to finish a ninth season if certain circumstances changed, what he would say to the bevy of folks who will lose their jobs were the show to be nixed for good, how he plans to fight tooth and nail for his salary for this season, his general disdain for two hypocrite executives at CBS in particular, and whether there’s any substance to the rumors that he’s been in contact with HBO about doing a project with them.
Whether he’s in fact sober right now:
“100 percent man, 100 percent. If anybody wants to line up for my tests, the only entrance fee would be water — there seems to be plenty of that these days. And you can’t make a claim like that if you’re not sitting on absolute gold in that regard because what can be more embarrassing than that? They want hair, blood, pee, [bleep], enamel. It’s all good. I have no interest in running a game up on that. And it’s what they told me to do. They rolled in to my house — the big wigs — and they said change your life. And I did, in like an hour. And I guess they might be kind of missing the old guy that was showing up quietly and hitting his marks and delivering gold and whatever. So I don’t know.”
So he’s not been on one of his benders in the last few weeks?
“If you want to show up and meet me at one of my workouts at 5 am, you’ll find out that smoking cocaine does not fit into that snapshot. No, there’s no time for that right now. If you can find a drug that’s going to get me higher than I…I hate to say than I am on life, finally living in the moment and enjoying this life, than present that drug. I don’t think it exists. I really don’t.”
On what’s going on with Two and a Half Men:
“I don’t know. They kept getting in my grill telling me how to live my personal life. I kept saying back off, back off and they wouldn’t. I’m the type of guy that doesn’t hassle anybody. Like I said to Alex, I’m the type of guy that thinks everybody has a black velvet gun, and that way I don’t get in anybody’s business because I don’t roll on opinions or judgments, if I’ve got facts that’s fine. But most people don’t. If somebody comes and says I need your help with this, great, I’m like the best guy with the best plans to talk to, but I just don’t go out of my way hassling people. And I kept asking for that respect and I couldn’t get it, I couldn’t get it. These guys are a couple of AA Nazis and really just blatant hypocrites in that whole regard — Chuck and Lee, guys who just do not practice what they preach. It’s so transparent and so sad. I watch them just wailing on people that have been loyal to them for two decades, and then he gets to the men’s group on Friday and talks about how surrender and acceptance is the key. And I’m like accept these keys. But I won’t go further with that thought. I don’t know. It’s just gross, it’s just gross. It’s been a toxic environment for eight years. I’ve felt like an un-welcomed relative being given cold coffee at 9 o’clock every night and I just got tired of it, tired of people not knowing the truth — not knowing that when they said to Chuck hey bro, this is really going to hurt the crew if you don’t come up with some scripts; and he said ‘they’re not my problem.’ “
Whether he believes Two and a Half Men is done for good and that it’s time for him to move on to other projects:
“Yeah it’s called life and fatherhood and fun, I get to roll back into the light. I mean, if they want to roll back for Season 9, I gave them my word so I would do that, but not with the terms that are currently in place. It’s impossible. Can you imagine going back into the sludge pit with those knuckleheads at this point? Can you imagine? It would go bad quickly.”
On what he would say to all the other people associated with Two and a Half Men that will be losing their job because of this fallout:
“I say be patient, get focused, we are at war and there are ways to deal with these clowns and take all their money. That’s what I’d say.”
On him not getting his money for this season from CBS:
“Defeat is not an option. They picked a fight with the wrong guy and they know it. They know what they did was wrong. They’re in absolute breach. I did nothing wrong. I expressed an opinion. I’ve got the 1st Amendment behind me and a marching army behind me to quote Eminem. They just picked a fight with the wrong guy. I was a get along guy for eight years, I put 5 bil[lion] in the studio’s pocket, I put half a bil[lion] in Chuck’s pocket, so this is the thanks I get? This is the level of gratitude I get? I should have been walking into sandwiches, massages and [bleep] — yeah, I said it.”
On the rumors about him potentially teaming up with HBO to do a project:
“Just some talks about doing a thing that would give me the freedom to do something beyond the drivel that is this puke fest that everybody worships. And I’m like wow, that was another bad joke.”