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Charlie Sheen interview rants lead to Twitter record, show remains in jeopardy

Compiled by Ian Saleh
Washington Post Staff
Thursday, March 3, 2011; 11:13 AM

Charlie Sheen's media tour continued even as the actor's highly rated sitcom remained in limbo. As Lisa de Moraes reported:

The embattled "Two and a Half Men" star may 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 Sheen's "Two and a Half Men" on Jan. 28 when Sheen announced 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 attacked show creator Chuck Lorre in a tirade on a syndicated radio show, which went viral.

The previous night, Sheen played the role of 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.

Jen Chaney explained that Charlie Sheen's Twitter following set a world record Wednesday:

Charlie Sheen has set a new Guinness World Record by amassing 1 million Twitter followers in 25 hours and 17 minutes. Apparently there is no previous record holder in the category, so Sheen is the first to hold the honor. Yes, this is what winning looks like.

Michael Cavna of Comic Riffs explained that some of Sheen's quotes are oddly familiar:

Is Charlie Sheen subtly cribbing from his own scripts? Or perhaps, too, even his dad's?

Comic Riffs has been combing Charlie Sheen cartoons and memes for what seems like weeks now, bringing you the adapted-Sheen cat quotes and superhero art and animations -- and even putting out the call for a New Yorker Cartoon-Caption Mash-Up. And as we pored over the actor's bizarrely compelling comments, something gnawed at us, clawing at our memory banks with all the ferocity of Mr. Tiger Blood himself. To wit:

Why do so many of Charlie Sheen's recent quotes ring so maddeningly familiar?

In real life, Sheen loves to spew sound bites as affected as anything out of a war film, campy comedy or sports flick. And one recent quote was especially cinematic. It came when the "Two and a Half Men" star -- amid his feud with show creator Chuck Lorre -- said that we, his public, have the right to kill him (o-kaaay) but that judgment is not ours to render. But that blasted line sounds just like something we might have heard ....

In "Apocalypse Now." From Marlon Brando. Whose character Kurtz faces off against Willard, who is portrayed by ...

The father of Charlie Sheen. A-haaa...

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