(LOS ANGELES) — For the first time, Charlie Sheen has admitted last year’s mega-hyped, catchphrase-spawning flame-out was what many suspected at the time: a “psychotic break.”
And also for the first time, Sheen explained what started the downward spiral — and what it had to do with Dave Chappelle.
In an interview in the July/August issue of Playboy, Sheen admitted he “started to unravel” after his firing from Two and a Half Men, and still doesn’t know where he came up with some of the phrases that became synonymous with the one-time warlock.
“Most of it came out of nowhere,” Sheen recalled. “It wasn’t planned, it was just random. The tiger blood? I don’t know. It’s just a very dangerous animal. And there’s a tiger in Apocalypse Now, by the way, so maybe there’s a connection there. Adonis DNA? I don’t know what the f**k that was about. That was just stupid. That went a little far.”
On perhaps the most famous phrase, “winning,” the actor says, “I was in total denial. It wasn’t that bleak in my head. I felt I was winning by finally being able to speak my mind. I felt that was some sort of victory. And then it was fueled by the insane public outpouring of support.”
As far as getting fired from Two and a Half Men, Sheen says it wasn’t reports of increased partying or that flip out at the Plaza hotel. Instead, the actor puts the blame on a hospital stay caused, indirectly, by Dave Chappelle.
“Everybody thought I had ODd or whatever. No, I had a f**king hernia blow out of my stomach. I called the paramedics, because that’s what you do, right? It was because of a [Chappelle Show] sketch. Remember the scene where he’s a blind white supremacist who doesn’t know he’s black? It’s f**king hilarious. I’d never seen it, and I laughed myself into a hernia. That is 100 percent true. It’s his fault. There you go. Dave Chappelle cost me my job.”
Sheen says he has one major regret about the circus that was that period of his life, and that was calling his former Two and a Half Men co-star Jon Cryer a “troll” and “a traitor.”
Sheen recalls, “That was wrong. I whaled on him unnecessarily. He was trying to keep the s**t together, trying to cover my ass, pick up the slack. He just got caught in the crossfire. He’s a beautiful man and a f**king fabulous dude and I miss him. I need to repair that relationship, and I will. I will reach out and do whatever is necessary.”
Charlie Sheen’s new FX series Anger Management, debuts on June 28.
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