The TV Column: In media spotlight, Sheen the Actor is the man of a thousand faces

Sheen has had roles in movies such as "The Wraith" and "Hot Shots!" and on television in "Two and a Half Men" and "Spin City," but lately his personal life has made headlines, because of marital problems and bouts with alcohol and drugs.
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, March 2, 2011; 10:32 PM

Charlie Sheen, our generation's Laurence Olivier, took on yet another role Wednesday: Frantic Father - executing it brilliantly as he continued his Scorched Earth Media Tour.

Frantic Father had his angelic 23-month-old twin sons, Bob and Max, wrenched from his bosom in the middle of the night by the LAPD and two guys in suits, who took the baby boys to God-knows-where, Sheen told the "Today" show on Wednesday morning.

"At this moment, on live television, I do not know where my children are," Sheen said on "Today," sitting next to his lawyer in a director's chair that was parked by the side of a street. Sheen said he was near the Los Angeles house that he shares with his two "goddesses" - a former porn star and a former Marijuana Magazine cover girl - as well as, until hours earlier, his two baby boys.

"This is not panicking. It's not about ego, it's not about emotion - it's just about getting very focused and getting very much in touch about what I have to do to complete the task of bringing these two beautiful young men back home to the home they deserve to be raised in, with more love, compassion, support, child care and everything else you could possibly want for a child," Sheen told NBC News's Jeff Rossen.

The two children were "just being put to bed" when it all happened, Sheen said.

The embattled "Two and a Half Men" star might have lost his cushy gig on that CBS sitcom for the rest of the TV season, but he's got a new, regular segment on the NBC News infotainment show; this is his third appearance on the program in three days.

CBS and Warner Bros. Television shut down production on "Two and a Half Men" on Jan. 28, when Sheen announced that he was going to enter rehab at Charlie Sheen's House, Calif. Production had been scheduled to resume this past Monday, but the two companies instead announced late last week that they'd shut down the show for the rest of the season. That came after Sheen verbally attacked show creator Chuck Lorre in a tirade on a syndicated radio show, which went viral.

The previous night, Sheen played the role of the Randy Bachelor on ABC's "20/20" - a role he'd also played Tuesday morning on Howard Stern's radio program. After that, still on Tuesday, Sheen played a pretty convincing Creepy Twitter Stalker. And his work as Alleged Sadistic Soon-To-Be-Ex-Husband must be seen to be believed, according to his estranged wife, Brooke Mueller.

One day before performing Frantic Father on "Today," Sheen explained to Howard Stern how the two hot, young blond "goddesses" living in his home share a bedroom and how he has his pick of the litter each night - kind of like HBO's "Big Love," only without the separate houses. He and Stern had a brief chat about which sexual acts each goddess was willing to perform and when, and whether the two women would engage in sex with each other for his viewing pleasure. A good time was had by all.

Tuesday night, on "20/20," Sheen reprised his Randy Bachelor role, telling Andrea Canning of his relationship with the goddesses: "We win so radically in our underwear before our first cup of coffee, it's scary. People say it's lonely at the top, but I sure like the view."

"It's no secret that you have an affinity for porn stars," Canning told Sheen.

"Well, I mean, wow, listen to that statement," Sheen joshed back.

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