Charlie Sheen Twitter following the key to his financial success without 'Two and a Half Men'?
Friday, March 4, 2011; 12:39 PM
Charlie Sheen's rants have led many to question the actor's sanity. Ruth Marcus gave her opinion on the bizarre week of behavior from Charlie Sheen:
Sheen's latest unraveling, though, is remarkable for his unabashed, come-on-down approach: This star is not fleeing the press but inviting it to watch in real time.
I have -- at least I had -- zero interest in Charlie Sheen. I could not tell you what the television show he gets paid a reported $1.8 million per episode is about. But I am fascinated by the phenomenon of popular fascination with Sheen. We know the man is deeply troubled, self-absorbed to the point of being grandiose. We in the press know we are exploiting his obvious mania and egotism.
"I'm tired of pretending like I'm not special," Sheen told NBC. "I'm tired of pretending like I'm not bitching, a total freaking rock star from Mars." About what he wants his daughters to think about the incident last year in which Sheen, allegedly accompanied by a prostitute and high on cocaine, trashed his Plaza Hotel room while the girls slept next door, Sheen told ABC's "20/20":
Sheen's Twitter following, which set a world record on Wednesday, could be a financial windfall for the actor. As Melissa Bell reported:
The Twitter tear of Charlie Sheen has officially reached record-setting status: Guinness Book of World Records anointed the tiger-blooded star with "Fastest Time to Reach 1 Million Followers."
It also took the assistance of one advertising agency: Ad.ly. The company sells celebrity endorsements on Twitter -- most notoriously Kim Kardashian's $10,000-per-tweet deal -- and helped get Charlie Sheen verified on Twitter, GQ discovered Wednesday.
With the likely loss of his $2-million-an-episode paycheck from "Two and Half Men," Sheen could probably use some new revenue streams. Is Twitter one way to find the money?
Some speculate that it's not even Sheen doing the tweeting. AOL Surge desk points to a Patton Oswalt tweet that "outs" Sheen's ghost writer: "Hate to pee on everyone's @CharlieSheen foam party, but he's using a service. Not him. Reliable source. 'Night!"
While many have ridiculed Sheen's bizarre behavior, others see poetry in his words. As AP explained:
With "tiger blood," "Adonis DNA" and his "fire-breathing fists," Charlie Sheen has practically invented a new language with his rants and ramblings.
And while it may not rate an entry in Webster's, the sitcom star's batty, blustering poetry has resounded in social media. Sheen gained 1 million Twitter followers in just 25 hours and 17 minutes - record time, according to Guinness World Records, which keeps track of such obscure achievements and had not previously crowned a champion in that particular category.
His unique lexicon grows daily, spreading rapidly over the Internet and onto T-shirts. On "The Alex Jones Show," he said he has "poetry in my fingertips," and added: "Most of the time - and this includes naps - I'm an F-18, bro. And I will destroy you in the air."
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