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Friday, February 25, 2011

Charlie Sheen Rant

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It rarely works out well when celebrities decide, on impulse, to telephone radio talk shows and explain themselves. There’s evidence of a cruel sense of mischief, for one thing. Later charlie sheen rant shared his grievances with the gossip site TMZ, with further name-calling.
History shows that in Hollywood employers do find remarkable reserves of toleration for troubled actors, as long as their films or shows are popular and making money. Think of John Belushi. With Sheen there’s an another intriguing angle. The quoted remarks reveal strains of furious self-justification mingled with bitter blaming and invective. I was shackled and oppressed by the cult of AA for 22 years… The only thing I’m addicted to right now is winning. I finally extracted myself from [AA’s] troll hole and started living my life the way I want to live it. It’s vintage, outdated and stupid and it’s followed by stupid people. I hate them violently. Debate me on AA right now. Bull****. The thing is, plenty of people who try AA as a way of dealing with their addiction discover, quite understandably, that it doesn’t agree with them. There’s a loose movement dedicated to what’s called “rational recovery” – ie, without the Higher Power. And many respectable authorities, like Stanford Peele, dispute AA’s philosophy and beliefs very cogently. Disliking AA is a valid position.
What I’m thinking of, as a driver of bitter hatred of AA, is that rage produced when an addict tries to come to terms with Step One of AA’s 12 steps. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable. This is the step where the addict admits, to his deepest innermost self, that he cannot run his life any more. He’s lost control.
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“Two and a Half Men” star charlie sheen rant has skirted disaster as a wayward, middle-aged party boy who regularly tested the patience of the TV network and studio trying to protect their valuable sitcom property.
It was a violence-tinged and anti-Semitic radio rant that helped push him over the edge and, finally, forced CBS and Warner Bros. Television to take action.
In a one-sentence joint statement Thursday, the companies said they were ending production on television’s No. 1 sitcom for the season, a decision based on the “totality of Charlie Sheen’s statements, conduct and condition.”
Whether Charlie Sheen’s rant went far enough to sink the series and, possibly, his career as one of TV’s highest-paid actors remained unclear.
Sheen’s rambling interview Thursday with host Alex Jones was reminiscent of Mel Gibson’s rant during a 2006 traffic stop – but Sheen knew his rant was public.
The production halt leaves CBS eight episodes shy of the 24 half-hours it had expected to air as the cornerstone of its Monday night comedy lineup. And it makes the network and Warner, which reaps hundreds of millions from the show in syndication, the potential go-betweens between Sheen and “Two and a Half Men” executive producer Chuck Lorre.

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