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Charlie Sheen Speaks Out on ‘Winning’ Comments and 2011 Behavior, Says He Traded in ‘Early Retirement’

by Matthew Wilson
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Actor Charlie Sheen looks back on his infamous 2011 career meltdown. And the former “Two and a Half Men” actor has some regrets. If he could rewind time, he would do things differently and more professionally.

Recently, Sheen came to terms and reckoned with those viral comments he made as well as his drug addiction. Back in 2010, Sheen was one of the highest-paid TV actors on the air. But at home, he struggled with drug addiction and erratic behavior. His substance abuse problems and feud with Chuck Lorre, the creator of the show, caused the network to fire Sheen from “Two and a Half Men.”

After being ousted, Sheen made several interviews with comments like “winning,” “tiger blood,” and “Adonis DNA” to name a few. Sheen told Yahoo News that they were cries for someone to help him. But his comments ended up becoming a viral spectacle as online users made fun of him and his behavior.

“People have [said to] me, ‘Hey, man, that was so cool, that was so fun to watch. That was so cool to be a part of. And support and all that energy and, you know, we stuck it to the man,” Sheen tells Yahoo Entertainment. “My thought behind that is, ‘Oh, yeah, great. I’m so glad that I traded early retirement for a f—ing hashtag.'”

Charlie Sheen Regrets Past Actions

In retrospect, Sheen regrets some of the actions he made at the time. He believes some of his behavior was caused by drugs and a spiraling depression in his public life. The CEO of CBS even visited Sheen at his home to urge him to go to rehab for his addiction. But Sheen refused to go.

“There were 55 different ways for me to handle that situation, and I chose number 56. And so, you know, I think the growth for me post-meltdown or melt forward or melt somewhere — however you want to label it — it has to start with absolute ownership of my role in all of it,” Sheen said. “And it was desperately juvenile,”

But the actor said he believes in redemption for himself and his career. He wants to stage a late in the game comeback to prove that he is more than just a meme. Ultimately, Sheen said he doesn’t want to be remembered for his 2011 meltdown.

I just, I have absolute faith that the things I’m going to do professionally in Act 3 are going to put a muzzle on all that stuff and people can celebrate me again for what I actually do for a living,” Sheen said.