Charlie Sheen is headed to FX to play yet another man named Charlie on "Anger Management" (premieres Thursday, June 28 at 9 p.m. ET).
Agreeing to play a character whose personality not only mirrors his own, but shares the same name may seem like an odd choice, but it's old news to Sheen. He's played a character named Charlie two other times: Charlie Harper on "Two and a Half Men" and Charlie Crawford on "Spin City."
"I think it happens a lot in sitcoms. Jerry Seinfeld, Ray Romano and Bob Newhart all used their real first names," Sheen told Playboy of playing a "Charlie" three times. "It's also easier for audiences so they're not confused by a new character. They feel they're already familiar with me right off the bat."
"Anger Management" stars Sheen as Charlie Goodson, a former baseball player who becomes a therapist after his own anger issues cause him to to leave the MLB world. If the series sees ratings success in its first 10 episodes, an additional 90 will be ordered.
Despite speculation that FX is in over its head in taking on Sheen after he was fired from "Two and a Half Men" in 2011, the actor couldn't care less. "They know what they're getting into," he said in an interview with The New York Times. "And they know it's not always going to be smooth sailing."
"Anger Management" premieres on Thurs., June 28 at 9 p.m. ET on FX.