In a forthcoming issue of Playboy magazine, the ex-Two and a Half Men star delivers the full gamut on his controversial 28-year Hollywood career, including that 2011 meltdown when he declared to he was “winning” at a time he was actually losing (“I was in total denial”), on Chuck Lorre and CBS’ decision to fire him (“Here’s good news, I’m not there anymore”), calling Men costar John Cryer a “troll and traitor” (“He’s f**king fabulous dude and I miss him”), his own battle with rehab for drug and alcohol addiction (“Try it in the real world”) and why he simply won’t ever trust anyone (“It’s as if somebody detonated a suicide bomb.”)
The notorious womanizer also dished to the magazine on his penchant for prostitutes: The 46-year-old actor notoriously stole his dad’s credit card to pay for the experience and had the “greatest night” of his life with flame-haired Candy in a Las Vegas hotel room.
“I’m not saying I’ll never be with a prostitute again,” Sheen told Playboy contributor Eric Spitznagel.
“But it’s hard. Parts of it are soulless and parts of it are nourishing. It’s always a roll of the dice.”
Click after the jump to read Sheen uncensored and in-depth on 16 topics.
On insisting he was “winning” when his life was actually the complete opposite: “I was in total denial. It wasn’t that bleak in my head. I felt I was winning by finally being able to speak my mind. I felt that was some sort of victory. And then it was fueled by the insane public outpouring of support.”
On the many other phrases he coined during that time: “Most of it came out of nowhere. It wasn’t planned, it was just random, The tiger blood? I don’t know. It’s just a very dangerous animal. And there’s a tiger in Apocalypse Now, by the way, so maybe there’s a connection there. Adonis DNA? I don’t know what the f**k that was about. That was just stupid. That went a little far.”
On Sean Penn’s theory that he is just a “performance artist”: “That’s cool that he said that. It’s a compliment, but it’s not what was going on. I didn’t have a master plan. I didn’t realize it was going to create such a global firestorm. At the time, it felt like I was watching a lot of it from above. I was a little shocked by how huge the whole thing became.”
On the real cause of getting fired from Two and a Half Men: “Everybody thought I had OD’d or whatever. No, I had a f**king hernia blow out of my stomach. I called the paramedics, because that’s what you do, right? It was because of a Dave Chappelle sketch. Remember the scene where he’s a blind white supremacist who doesn’t know he’s black? It’s f**king hilarious. I’d never seen it, and I laughed myself into a hernia. That is 100 percent true. It’s his fault. There you go. Dave Chappelle cost me my job.”
On his feelings towards CBS and Chuck Lorre: “Here’s the good news. I’m not there anymore. I’m not working with CBS or Warner Bros. or Chuck anymore. Good news for them and good news for me.”
On regretting calling Jon Cryer a “troll” and a “traitor”: “That was wrong. I whaled on him unnecessarily. He was trying to keep the sh*t together, trying to cover my a**, pick up the slack. He just got caught in the crossfire. He’s a beautiful man and a f**king fabulous dude and I miss him. I need to repair that relationship, and I will. I will reach out and do whatever is necessary.”
On not believing everything you read about him: “If you’re special, you’re tortured. I know that sounds arrogant, but you can’t not be special and have a 30-year career. You can’t not be a little different from others and be successful for three decades. Your mind has to work a little differently than the average brain.”
On rehab: “Here’s how I think of it. Someone’s in rehab, right? And he’s like, ‘Hey, man, I’ve got 45 days and then I’m clean.’ Of course it seems that easy. You’re in a place with no drugs and you can’t leave. Way to go, man. Try it in the real world.”
On curing his addictions with his brain: “I’m not saying in all situations it’s bad to get help. I’m saying sometimes it’s okay to trust yourself. I think the power of the mind is amazing, and we’ve barely scratched the surface of what it can do. But that was kind of an experiment back then. I was just kind of winging it, and it worked.”
On not trusting anyone: “We take phones and purses at my house, and people have to sign sh*t. I’m not living in the Pentagon, but I’ve been burned enough to have to take precautions. It’s either that or choose a different type of woman or party guest, because you never know. Sometimes the right choice seems great at the moment, but then suddenly it’s as if somebody detonated a suicide bomb.”
On a particularly memorable moment while his dad was shooting Apocalypse Now in the Philippines: “I remember one night we were in the bungalows where we lived at the time, and just as we were getting ready to go to bed, a naked Robert Duvall comes racing through the room, screaming at the top of his lungs like an Indian. Then he leaves, and he doesn’t poke his head back in to explain. He doesn’t say, ‘I’m out here with Dennis Hopper and he put me up to this.’ Nothing. To this day I don’t know what the hell that was about.”
On disciplining his kids and being an overprotective dad: “I have a deal with them. They have one, maybe two chances to call me anytime, no questions asked, and I will come and get them. But if there are signs of any physical damage on their bodies, then there’s going to be gunplay involved. It’s a whole different story for whatever house they’re leaving. That sh*t gets burned to the ground. Period, the end. When it comes to my kids, I don’t play around.”
Sheen returns to screens with a new comedy Anger Management premiering Thursday, June 28 on the FX network; the interview with Playboy is in its July/August issue, on newsstands June 29.