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TMZ Interviews Charlie Sheen

TMZ streamed a 45 minute interview with Charlie Sheen live and unedited.  The actor sat down in his backyard with TMZ staffer Mike Walters.  Sheen wore baggy black clothes and spent the entire interview smoking, going through no less than four cigarettes.  He spoke about his sobriety, the current issues with his show Two and a Half Men, his kids, his girlfriends, his previous troubles and more.  Here are some highlights from the conversation:

  • Charlie first stated that he is not in rehab, as some recent reports said he was.

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  • While Charlie attested to being clean, he went on to say, “I don’t believe in rock bottom.  That’s a fishing term.” He did admit though that partying can be destructive.
  • When asked how Sheen rehabbed at home, he explained he simply decided to “harness the power” of his mind and “just do it.” He added that the reason he doesn’t go to traditional rehab is because he can’t share anything in groups since he might get “sold out,” as he did the last time he went to rehab.  Sheen went on to say he is sober but he doesn’t know if he always will be, stating, “That’s up to me.”
  • Sheen apologized to fans of Two and a Half Men, telling them he’s “fighting” to get the show back into production.
  • When asked about his father, Martin Sheen, commenting to the press that Charlie needs help, he said, “I respectfully allow him to maintain those beliefs… I don’t support them,” adding, “He doesn’t live inside my brain.” Charlie essentially said that he is a grown-up and can do what he wants.
  • As for his own kids, Charlie said that he is raising all five of them and they are great.  He told TMZ that he doesn’t think he is a bad example for them and hopes they ask him about his drug use so he can fill them in on some “epic” stories.
  • During the interview, Natalie Kenly, one of Charlie’s girlfriends, or as he calls them, “goddesses,” had difficulty making instant coffee for the actor and needed help.
  • Charlie told a story about how, as a seven-year-old, he woke up behind the last seat on his school bus in the bus depot in downtown L-A.  He said he had to find his way home.
  • Sheen addressed how in the past, two of his cars have gone over cliffs.  When asked if he had anything to do with that, he questioned how that would benefit him and explained the more recent incident is still under investigation and he can’t talk about it.
  • Charlie suspects someone is trying to make him look bad.  He explained he has some leads as to who it might be and plans to go after people.
  • He wasn’t thrilled with how he looked on Good Morning America and in the 20/20 interview that will air Tuesday night, saying they put him in bad light and kept the reporter in soft light.  Charlie explained he would have preferred to be interviewed by New York Yankee Nick Swisher in a dugout.
  • When asked how he met his girlfriends, Charlie refused to give details, explaining that people will just criticize him since he is a “winner” and they are losers.
  • Sheen questioned why CBS didn’t punish Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre for trying to “vilify and extort” him.  Sheen also said he doesn’t understand what he’s done wrong besides “live a life that they are jealous of.”
  • Charlie said he is a man of his word and wants to fulfill his contract and get back to work.  He stated he’d rather straighten out all the issues with the show on the set and not in a courtroom.
  • Charlie explained he is not crazy, rather he is “passionate,” “grandiose” and speaks “the truth.”
  • He said he would have no problem signing a contract that required he stay clean.
  • He also blamed CBS for giving him too much money, explaining that is why he makes extravagant purchases.
  • Sheen called the fight he is in with CBS a “war” because they are threatening the welfare of his family by not letting him work and make money.

He ended the interview saying, “I love and respect all my beautiful fans” and once again, he apologized for the halt of production of his show.

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