Charlie Sheen Reveals Jewish Heritage; Plans Haiti Trip With Penn
First Published: March 4, 2011 3:34 PM EST Credit: Access Hollywood
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The Charlie Sheen saga continued on Friday with a new interview with Access Hollywood Live.
After a whirlwind week filled with more media rants, the removal of his twin boys from his home on Tuesday and a temporary restraining order from estranged wife Brooke Mueller (also Tuesday), Charlie Sheen called in to Access Hollywood Live on Friday morning to put accusations of anti-Semitism to rest as he revealed that he himself is Jewish, and to dish on his plans to travel to Haiti with his pal, Sean Penn.
“My mom is Jewish. Here’s where it gets confusing – we don’t know who her father was,” Charlie told Billy Bush and Kit Hoover during the phone interview on Friday’s show. “But she is, in fact, Jewish. So, I guess that would make me Jewish, and my children Jewish. And Brooke [Mueller], my ex-wife is Jewish. So, I guess I should’ve rolled all that out too.”
“You’re getting accused of anti-Semitic remarks – you might want to say, ‘By the way, I’m Jewish!’” Billy told Charlie.
“I know, I know — stupid me,” Charlie replied. “I just got caught sleeping. Caught napping. Which is rare for me. Anywho…. But, I’m proud of it. There you have it.”
The “Two and a Half Men” star also confirmed that he plans to travel to Haiti next week with friend and fellow actor, Sean Penn.
“We’re going to do a couple things first and then it looks like we’re heading down [to Haiti],” Charlie told Billy and Kit of his plans to visit the earthquake-ravaged nation with the Oscar winning actor. “And I’m excited as hell because, you know, if I can bring the attention of the world down there, then clearly this tsunami keeps cresting.”
Sean Penn founded the J/P Haitian Relief Organization immediately following the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti and frequently visits the struggling country to continue his charity work. The former “Milk” star recently weighed in regarding the Sheen saga in an interview for the April issue of GQ, offering his support for the embattled actor.
“When you divorce the moral judgments, which I prefer to do, I see a guy who has a clearer view of the nature of the world around him than is sometimes comfortable to have,” Sean reportedly told the mag of Charlie’s recent behavior. “Those are the sort of people who have a tendency to find altered states.
“But [Charlie] is a very ironic character,” Sean continued. “He’s got pretension in the crosshairs of his wit. I think to a large degree he’s saying, ‘Guys, we’re only going to be here once, so lighten the f*** up.’”
A source revealed the Haiti trip news to Access on Thursday evening — a claim Sean’s rep denied at the time. The rep was not immediately available for comment on Charlie’s new travel announcement when contacted by Access Hollywood on Friday.
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