Charlie Sheen's Interview Regrets: Mocking Lorre, Demanding Raise
Even a guy who is "delivering the goods at every frickin' turn" can make a mistake once in a while. Even a guy as addicted to winning, with tiger blood running through his veins can take a tiny misstep here and there. Really, it's true!
Charlie Sheen finished his exhausting Monday media blitz with a semi-sedate interview with CNN's Piers Morgan, who got Sheen to talk about the past few weeks, his comments to the press and what, if anything, he regretted.
Turns out there are a couple things he wishes he could take back.
First, the controversy stoked by his comments about "Two and a Half Men" creator Chuck Lorre, whom Sheen called by his real last name and then a hebrew version of his first name: Chaim Levine. While it was derived from a recent Lorre vanity card, many saw the emphasis as anti-semitic. Sheen now regrets bringing it up.
"Well, yes, I do, I regret it in a way that I didn't even think about it," Sheen told Morgan. "I should have thought about it. Stupid, stupid move.
"I thought the rules had been established," he continued. "He calls me Carlos Estevez a lot, which is my real name, and then I saw the other name on his vanity card, and I said it, and the world just started burning down around me."
Another big regret? The bizarre demand for a raise, to $3 million an episode, to do another season of "Two and a Half Men".
"No, that was stupid," Sheen said. "I was joking about being underpaid but to come back, um, Season 10, but that's all negotiable; you can't talk about this stuff on television."
Perhaps he expressed the regret as a way of bridging a gap with his fellow castmates, who he said have not reached out to him once during this whole burst of media madness.
"I have not because I don't feel like there's any real support there. No one has issued a statement. I made a phone call. I get a couple angry texts, whatever. Ignore that. I am out here trying to do this for all of us guys. I'm not trying to embarrass you or ruin your jobs or ruin the show. It would be nice if there was some measure of support though -- from anybody. Anybody. That's alright. Every great movement begins with one man and I guess that's me."
Interestingly, Sheen's mea culpas came AFTER he lost his longtime publicist, Stan Rosenfield, who quit on Monday.