Exclusive first look: Charlie Sheen bares his soul in Playboy
Anger Management" debuting next week, Sheen is making the usual media rounds, and we've scored a sneak peek at the extensive interview he just gave to the venerable men's magazine. Sheen opens up about everything from prostitutes to fatherhood in the July/August issue of Playboy (on newsstands June 29) -- and we've got an exclusive first look for you right here.It sounds like a match made in heaven: Charlie Sheen and Playboy magazine. With his new FX comedy "
In the interview, Sheen goes over the same apologies we've already heard from him for last year's surreal media blitz that led to his firing from "Two and a Half Men," saying he "was in total denial." But he also sheds some light on how his life has changed since declaring himself a "rock star from Mars," on his one big regret from the "Men" fiasco, and why he's planning to retire after "Anger Management" ends. Here are some of the highlights:
- Well, we don't have to worry about Sheen having any self-esteem issues. Even though he's no longer crowing about his "Adonis DNA" (a phrase he now calls "just stupid"), the actor says that his three-decade career proves he's just wired a little differently than you and me. "If you’re special, you’re tortured. I know that sounds arrogant, but you can’t not be special and have a 30-year career. You can’t not be a little different from others and be successful for three decades. Your mind has to work a little differently than the average brain.” Yeah, we don't think anyone's arguing that your brain works a little differently than ours, Charlie.
- Everybody wants to party with Charlie Sheen... which he means he now has to be extra-careful who he lets through the front door. "We take phones and purses at my house, and people have to sign s---," he reveals. "I’m not living in the Pentagon, but I’ve been burned enough to have to take precautions. It’s either that or choose a different type of woman or party guest, because you never know.” Hmmm, doesn't sound like he's willing to choose a different type of party guest. In fact...
- Though his penchant for prostitutes has led to some infamous run-ins with the law, Sheen's not ready to give up that particular vice just yet. But he does sound a little disillusioned by the whole process. "I’m not saying I’ll never be with a prostitute again. But it’s hard. Parts of it are soulless and parts of it are nourishing. It’s always a roll of the dice.”
- Charlie may have amassed a thirty-year career in film and television, but he freely admits he had less than noble intentions when he first decided to pursue acting. "A lot of people will say, ‘Oh, I got into acting because I wanted to explore my craft.’ They’re a bunch of liars, unless they’re Sean Penn, De Niro, or my dad [Martin Sheen]. For the rest of us, it was all about chicks and money. Seriously. It was about how I could get money so I could impress the girls and feel like I mattered.” Well, if they gave out Emmys for honesty, we'd definitely nominate this guy.
- During last year's media meltdown, Sheen lashed out at his "Men" co-star Jon Cryer, calling him a "traitor" and a "troll." But now Sheen says he regrets that. "That was wrong. I whaled on him unnecessarily. He just got caught in the crossfire. He’s a beautiful man and a f---ing fabulous dude and I miss him." He doesn't have such warm feelings for his old boss Chuck Lorre, however: "Here’s the good news. I’m not there anymore. I’m not working with CBS or Warner Bros. or Chuck anymore. Good news for them and good news for me."