Charlie Sheen is the original comeback kid, and he told Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush at the PromaxBDA Conference in Los Angeles on Wednesday, why he thinks that is.
“It’s not just about making comebacks, because you can attempt those, but you have to be allowed to be back in, also… and I think, on some level, I think the business needs a guy like me, to juxtapose everything else,” the star of the upcoming FX show “Anger Management” told Billy.
“I just don’t feel like I’ve done anything that was that bad,” Charlie continued. “I was hurting myself, mostly… So I wasn’t begging to be let back into the party covered in somebody else’s blood.”
After his headline-making exit from “Two and a Half Men” last year, Charlie found a new gig with “Anger Management,” which premieres on June 28 on FX, the kind of move that left him branded “Teflon Charlie.”
The actor told Billy he thinks fans continue to stick by him because he owns up to his faults.
“I think they recognize a guy that has foundationally, a position of truth and integrity and honesty and yeah, can be a complete screw up, but acknowledges those blunders, errors, speed bumps… whatever you want to call them, and be forgiven, hopefully, and then move forward and learn from it,” Charlie said. “But at some point people are like, ‘Dude you’re learning from it? Enough lessons. We’re bored.’”
Asked what he learned from his “…Men” bust up, and the months after, Charlie laughed.
“I’ll tell you what I learned, stick to what you know. Don’t book a 21-city tour in 33 days with no act,” he laughed, referring to his “Violent Torpedo of Truth” tour.
Thinking about what the Charlie Sheen brand stands for today, the actor said he thinks it’s something people can relate to again.
“I think it’s coming back to a place that’s a little more recognizable, a little more understandable, a little more terrestrially grounded,” he said.