Now that the dust has settled – a little anyway – here are my thoughts on Charlie Sheen.
In many ways I feel badly for Charlie. Here’s a dude born into the wealth and stardom created by his father Martin Sheen‘s success, Charlie lead a privileged life from childhood. By the time the guy was an adult/teenager he was making some pretty big bucks. In his 20s he was already a movie star with Platoon and Wall Street. He was nominated for an Academy Award. He followed those huge hits with 50 film roles, mostly in the starring role. He even co-starred with Clint Eastwood in THE ROOKIE. Big time stuff. All before he was 35 years-old.
Even at that early age, his life got pretty redundant.. Any pretty girl he wanted was his. Any car or cars. Mansions, no problem. Travel, he saw the world many times. Lived on airplanes, in airports. Stayed in the best hotels.
It gets to you. Clearly it got to Charlie Sheen. Too much, too soon, too often.
Then came the marriage to mega-hot star Denise Richards. Now they have kids. And Charlie wasn’t anywhere near ready for that. Why? Because he can still be with tons of other women anytime he wants. Now everyone is in his face, they all want something all the time. So he tries to hide, tries to be alone. But he can’t be alone, He needs that constant mental support that he’s still a star, still doing the right things. This always happens to people who get everything too fast and too often. Life becomes boring.
Now comes the killer.
You’re alone in your hotel in Vegas, and you just got another check for seven figures. You get a call, "Hey, can you host this awards show…or can you accept an award?. You’re are a super star, baby."
Now you feel, "Christ, I deserve some kinda fun, some big perk" The money is not even needed anymore. "So okay, I’ll call and get some A Hookers and some blow – yeah, I deserve that. Just tonight. Sure bet."
Next age 40 isn’t far off, and who needs these kids and this screaming wife anyway? I want to be free.
Now comes the expensive divorce, they always come. Everyone is in his face, they all want a piece of him, "Please STOP IT AND LET ME BE ALONE. "
But he can’t be alone.
Next comes another wife and more hookers and more coke – after all he’s earned it!
So Charlie gets a TV gig, that way, no more travel. He can stay at home in LA and work. Great news; now the show is a smash hit and he gets to do it over and over and over and over.
"God I’m sick of this show and LA, get me the hell outta here!"
Back to hookers, hotels and blow.
He looks in the mirror and 50 isn’t far off. "Boy my youth is fading, I know, I need more hot chicks and hotels and coke, that will prove I’m still young."
Finally the public finds out. There are constant run-ins with the law and the drugs and the wives and the hookers and the hotties.
Life is a nightmare. Maybe not worth living,
"SHIT I’VE DONE IT ALL, I’M STILL UNHAPPY. Why don’t people just leave me alone? I’m not hurting anyone."
But he is, his family and the people who depend on him for their income. Not to mention his kids.
Solution: There’s only one really; Sheen has to do a Robert Downey Jr..
Get clean, stay clean, for about a year.
Right now other than "reality TV," there is no work for Sheen. He is not insurable due to his behavior. No network can get insurance on him now. Not even a major studio. So no more big pay days, not much to do after all these ridiculous interviews end and everyone’s sick of CHARLIE SHEEN. That will come ASAP.
Then he’s are alone again.
Downey beat it, but that was rare. Charlie will need help from guys like Downey and Sean Penn to beat this problem.
The problem poor people have when they can’t pay bills and life gets too hard, is they start using speed and cheap hotels and hookers. And in an odd way it’s the same disease Sheen has. "Where do I go from here?"
You shouldn’t be jealous of Sheen or hate him, there’s a little Charlie in all of us.
Hope he gets his act together and makes a comeback…Hollywood loves a comeback more than an overdose, don’t they?