Charlie Sheen fired from 'Two and a Half Men;' future remains uncertain

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.
Compiled by Ian Saleh
Washington Post Staff
Tuesday, March 8, 2011; 1:10 PM

Charlie Sheen was officially fired from 'Two and a Half Men' on Monday. As Lisa de Moraes reported:

Charlie Sheen has been fired from CBS's "Two and a Half Men." No decision has been made about the future of the show, according to multiple sources who have knowledge of the situation; they did not wish to be identified because they were not authorized to speak about the details of the situation.

Warner Bros. TV, which produces the show for CBS, did the firing, in a letter sent Monday to Sheen's lawyer.

"Your client has been engaged in dangerously self destructive conduct and appears to be very ill," Warner Bros. TV said in the letter addressed to Martin Singer. "For months before the suspension of production, Mr. Sheen's erratic behavior escalated while his condition deteriorated. His declining condition undermined the production in numerous and significant ways. Now, the entire world knows Mr. Sheen's condition from his alarming outbursts over just the last few weeks."

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Looking forward, AP speculated on what the future might hold for Sheen:

Consider two parallel universes: Charlie Sheen is destined to hit rock bottom after being fired from the best job he'll ever have; Charlie Sheen has been freed to blaze a new path to dazzling fame and riches.

During his bitter tug-of-war with the studio, attention focused on whether he was on the verge of killing his career. Imperiling a hit show and a job that paid a reported $1.8 million an episode - or earning him north of $43 million a year - must be Sheen's undoing, observers said.

Not so fast, say others.

"At this point, all bets are off regarding where his career goes from here," said Paul Levinson, a Fordham University media professor. "Although nothing is certain where fame and celerity are concerned, Sheen's ubiquity in the past few weeks suggest that he could indeed go on to become a bigger superstar than (the sitcom) could ever had made him."

Some have compared Sheen's recent behavior to that of the character he portrayed in the 1986 film "Ferris Bueller's Day Off". As Jen Chaney reported:

At this stage in the Charlie Sheen saga, there is a strong, strong temptation to note that he has officially turned into his memorably tweaked-out character from " Ferris Bueller's Day Off." (For the record, this is not unlike the temptation to note that Randy Quaid has turned into Cousin Eddie from "National Lampoon's Vacation.")

But the similarities end there. Because as it turns out, Charlie Sheen in 2011 could learn a lot from Charlie Sheen, Boy in Police Station in 1986.

1. Boy in Police Station is remarkably self-aware. "Why are you here?" Jeanie asks him. "Drugs," he responds. Ask current day Sheen the same question -- Why are you here, in this insane situation, where you've just been fired from the most overpaid gig on television and are now making weird Web videos instead? -- and the answer should be the same: Drugs. But instead, Sheen attributes it all to the fact that he has tiger blood and everyone else is a troll. Boy in Police Station has much to teach Sheen.

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