Charlie Sheen, Is He Still Winning?

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Back when Charlie Sheen first came to Spin City I thought he was a good actor. He seemed like the perfect candidate to replace a then ailing Micheal J. Fox and he seemed as likable as Fox. Before that I had seen Platoon and a handful of other roles he had played. I'd seen him in interviews and much more often then not he seemed like a very much down to earth type of person. He was quite a ladies man and seemed to have his life very much on track. I never did realize how bizarre and ridiculous the man truly was.

Over the years I had heard things about his relationship with Ginger Lynn, a porn star and other such women but these things came and went. I always thought that he was better than that and possibly that was simply a low point in his life or career. But even in the past few years with news of his divorce from Denise Richards and then another divorce from wife Brooke Mueller along with allegations of physical abuse. As well as his own battle of drug and alcohol abuse one has to wonder what is up with Charlie.

The event that made it more than just allegations for me was the interview he had with Andrea Canning and a few others where he had quite a few unusual things to say about himself. Sheen describing him as a "total ___ rock star from mars." That he spends his time, "banging seven gram rocks," because that's how he rolls? One would assume he is either speaking about meth or crack both of which could kill you even in small quantities. Sheen later claimed that he was on a quest to right every wrong and make himself the center of the universe. That he was tired of pretending that he wasn't something extra special.

He went on to say that he has the DNA of Adonis the mythological Greek god of beauty and desire and that he had tiger blood in him. Most of these interviews made him look like someone incredibly full of himself and at times like a man who should either seek mental help or be committed. Throughout this period the media, public and tabloids had a field day with never-ending magazines, newspapers, TV and all across the Internet could speak of nothing but Charlie Sheen.

With everyone wondering what was up Two And A Half men was put on hiatus so he could deal with his personal problems. Apparently issues between him and the shows creators were also happening. As the shows producers were making the decision whether or not to bring the show back Sheen had only bad things to say and then demanded a 50% raise before he would return to the show. At the time he was already the highest paid actor in television. Sheen was promptly fired shortly after.

In the aftermath Sheen has made light of the situation and monopolized on his infamy launching a sold out world tour, becoming the fastest twitterer to reach a million followers, etc. But one has to wonder how long the public will buy tickets just to see a man make an idiot of himself. How long will they pay attention?

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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I have also wondered why he was still running loose. He acts like he is totally delusional and even his father has said that he needs help. I guess there is a problem that he has not been committed yet. It is probably that he has enough money to buy his way out of those places. He won't for long if he keeps going the way he is. He will be dead and his children will have the money.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

I know he's said he's better and is ironically about to helm a show called, "Anger Management." His dad and brother have also said that he's recovered and they can resume a normal relationship with him. Hopefully he is really doing what he says so we won't be hearing the E! True Hollywood Story tragic aftermath later.


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

Becky Katz - I agree Charlie Sheen needs to get back on track with his life. The things he is going through now are usually what you read and see of a celebrity before they turn up dead from a drug overdose or something of that nature.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

I think he good too big headed.


VeronicaInspires 4 years ago

LOL! I chuckled at your title but the whole Charlie Sheen spectacle was/is a sad case. I hope he gets better.


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

Alecia Murphy - well one can hope he's better. I suppose time will tell, looking back at the trail of issues I'd say if it doesn't continue for awhile maybe he has.


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

writer20 - your right his head got really big, I suppose if someone gets paid millions a year on a TV show they can get that way.


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

VeronicaInspires - hehe, yeah I meant the title to be a little funny, Charlie Sheen has pretty much made "winning" a new catch phrase. I hope he wises up too though :)


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

I loved him in Two and A Half Men and i think when he did all of these crazy things, he clearly 'wasn't himself'. He's going to spend the rest of his life looking at replays of himself being an arse during this time.


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

Jools99 - I certainly hope your right, I guess we'll know eventually if the future doesn't repeat the past, but here's to hoping!


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I hope he gets some help and turns his life around. He is a good actor and has played some interesting parts. His brother, Emilio, a producer, is not so much in the lime-light but he also has had some problems in the past. Maybe there's hope for Charlie still.


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catgypsy 4 years ago from the South

Great hub terrektwo. Does bad behavior beng rewarded ever stop? What does it take to make some people stop liking these nuts? I'm so sick ot it.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Your hub is very poignant, outlining the life of a man on the skids! I recently saw him do an interview and he was lucid and seemed embarrassed at his past behaviors. Maybe, just maybe, he is returning to normalcy. You point out his original similarities to Michael Fox, I never thought of him that way but you are right, he could have been. Well done hub, voted up. Thanks for SHARING.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Charlie Sheen...hasn't been "winning" for quite some time now. It's sad, considering how well he had climbed the ladder for a while. Even sadder that he single-handedly knocked the ladder out from under himself. A good friend of mine went to see him in Cleveland during the time he was doing his public one-man show tour. She's a big fan and was so concerned for him. According to her, he was painfully thin and drawn and quite pale. However, she was able to speak with him and get a photo together. She said he was polite and friendly, but his show was rather disappointing due to his bit of "crazy rant" he was on at that time. I hate to see anyone come crashing down like he did. Hope he comes back with a bang. Good luck, Charlie!


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pmccray 4 years ago from Utah

You know humans have shown, through their sickening love of "reality" garbage, that we'll watch just about anything if it comes on the idiot box in our living rooms. Nothing better than seeing a celeb go down in flames in a public meltdown. The only thing better for some couch slugs would be . . a public execution.


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

teaches12345 - Emilio was great in film too but producing is still keeping active, that's good to know, I do hope he figures out his life too. Only so much winning you can do.


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

catgypsy I know what you mean, it's peoples morbid curiosity I guess. But as quickly as attention comes it fades sometimes.


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

tillsontitan - well I think fox is smarter and conducts himself much much better than Sheen but what I meant was more was the style of acting and when he replaced fox on Spin City it was a really good fit because his character acting was similar. But I hope Sheen does wise up, I think after everything he did was so dumb and everyone paid even more attention to him that didn't help. It probably made his head swell even bigger, but maybe he's coming down to earth.


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

fpherj48 - it does seem like he has been demolishing his own career for awhile. He is able to be a great actor when he wants to be hopefully he will find his way back.


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

pmccray - I know what you mean, I personally have gotten quite sick of reality TV as well. Public executions could happen one day, that would be morbid.


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amymarie_5 4 years ago from Chicago IL

Charlie Sheen always seemed arrogant to me. I remember back in the 90s when he was caught with all those hookers. They tried putting him in rehab after that little scandal but I don't think his behavior ever had anything to do with addiction. He's just a spoiled person with a giant sense of entitlement and needs to get over himself. Obviously I'm not a fan of his but I was a big fan of 2 1/2 men. Still watch it, I dont think Ashton is that bad of a replacement. The show just has an entirely different feel now.

I rated this up and interesting. Thanks for SHARING..


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

amymarie_5 - Charlie Sheen does seem to have a lot of problems for sure and reading about him they seem to have been going on for quite a long time the 80s or 90s. Like how he shot his first wife in the arm in 1990 "accidentally." not long after they were divorced. Being in relationships with pornstars like Ginger Lynn and others. It's not the best way to be winning, that's for sure.


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WD Curry 111 4 years ago from Space Coast

Don't hate me. I have to ask. Who cares?


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

WD Curry 111 - lol, well as others have said it would be great if no one paid attention to craziness but unfortunately a lot of people do, the amount of people interested is what keeps tabloids printing it and selling. But to each his or her own. I'm not really particularly fixated on it I just have heard a lot about it and figured I'd offer my thoughts and opinion.


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WD Curry 111 4 years ago from Space Coast

Okay. I will accommodate you better. He is still winning. He owns a piece of the show and is collecting money while he is collecting dust. Remember the "Brat Pack"? What ever happened to Emilio Estevez?


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

WD Curry 111 - I guess Emilio is just not winning these days :) Just kidding, I think I read he is working as a producer.


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lupine 4 years ago from Southern California (USA)

That's the problem, he is so used to "winning"...that he doesn't know when he is losing!


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

lupine - so true, you are so right. Maybe he'll only wise up if he loses everything, when he hits the bottom of the barrel then he'll have to change his catch phrase to losing. But maybe if he gets the drugs/booze/hookers out of his life he'd have a good chance at doing some real winning.

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