Charlie Sheen wishes he would have done things differently, 10 years after his infamous public meltdown.
In a recent interview, the actor reflected on his old methods and said, “People have [said to] me, ‘Hey, man, that was so cool, that was so fun to observe . That was so cool to be a neighborhood of and support and every one that energy and, you know, we stuck it to the person . My thought behind that’s , ‘Oh, yeah, great. I’m so glad that I traded early retirement for a… hashtag.”
Charlie was the highest-paid actor on TV for his role in ‘Two and a Half Men’. But, from 2011 things got out of control after Charlie started saying weird things at odd interviews.
“There’s a flash when [former CBS CEO] Les Moonves and his top lawyer, Bruce, were at my house and that they said, ‘OK, the Warner jet is fueled abreast of the runway. Wheels up in an hour and getting to rehab, right?’ My first thought was kind of like really … there’s some comedy value to what my first thought was,” he said. “In that moment, once I said, ‘Oh, damn, I finally get the Warner jet.’ That’s all I heard. But if I could return in time thereto moment, I would’ve gotten on the jet. And it had been that big left turn therein moment that led to, you know, a really unfortunate sequence of public and insane events.”He continued, “There were 55 different ways for me to handle that situation, and that i chose number 56.”
With the advantage of time, Charlie said he grew from the meltdown, but only after he took ownership. His behavior, he adds, was juvenile.
“I think it had been drugs or the residual effects of medicine ,” he continued. “And it had been also an ocean of stress and a volcano of disdain. it had been all self-generated, you know. All I had to try to to was take a step back and say, ‘OK, let’s make an inventory . Let’s list, like, everything that’s cool in my life that’s happening immediately . Let’s make an inventory of what is not cool.’ you know what I’m saying? and therefore the cool list was really full. The not cool list was, like, two things that could’ve been easily dismissed.”
Still, Charlie wishes more people would have seen his behavior at the time as a cry out for help.
“They showed up in droves with banners and songs, all kinds of fanfare and celebration of, you know, what i feel was a really public display of a psychological state moment,” he said. “I had four children and went through two divorces in and around trying to navigate the landscape of being on the foremost popular show within the known universe, so it had been tons . And sometimes you choose a target, you need a scapegoat, you need someone to place it all on. You know? It cannot be me, it’s gotta be him or them or those folks. and that is just not the road best traveled.”