Actor gives interviews: 'I am on a drug ... called Charlie Sheen'
In interviews with ABC's "Good Morning America" and NBC's "Today" show that appeared on Monday, actor Charlie Sheen boasted about his "epic"...
In interviews with ABC's "Good Morning America" and NBC's "Today" show that appeared on Monday, actor Charlie Sheen boasted about his "epic" partying, said he's fueled by "violent hatred" of his bosses, claimed to have kicked drugs at home in his "Sober Valley Lodge" and demanded $3 million an episode to return to work.
Sheen, whose CBS sitcom "Two and a Half Men" was suspended last week after comments he made on a radio show about executive producer Chuck Lorre, also spoke with Mike Walters live Monday on TMZ.com.
"I'm supposed to be out there all humble and asking for my job," Sheen said. "No, I don't do that. I don't understand what I did wrong except live a life that everyone is jealous of."
Sheen's publicist, Stan Rosenfield, resigned shortly after the TMZ interview. Rosenfield has been with Sheen through three hospitalizations in three months related to the star's wild behavior. Sheen told NBC interviewer Jeff Rossen that he's spent years trying to be the "nice guy" on his show and get along with everybody, and now that's over. "I'm tired of pretending I'm not a total bitchin' rock star from Mars."
Rossen appeared startled when Sheen said he wanted to be paid $3 million an episode to return to the show. He's reportedly paid $1.8 million an episode now, making him one of the highest-paid actors on television.
On ABC, Sheen said to correspondent Andrea Canning that he planned to sue his bosses.
"Wouldn't you?" he said. "I've got a whole family to support and love. People beyond me are relying on that. I'm here to collect. They're going to lose. They're going to lose in a courtroom, so I would recommend that they settle out of court."
ABC and Radar Online had Sheen's blood and urine tested for drugs over the weekend. The dual tests revealed Sheen hadn't had drugs in at least 72 hours.
"I am on a drug," Sheen said. "It's called Charlie Sheen. It's not available because if you try it you will die. Your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body."
Seattle Times transportation reporter Mike Lindblom describes some of the factors that may have led to the collapse of the I-5 bridge over the Skagit River in Mount Vernon on Thursday, May 23.