Whew. What a ride.
Easily the busiest day of my entire year is Oscars day – the morning after the show is broadcast in the United States. This year it involved me sleepwalking into the office at around 5.45am and trying to keep up with all the announcements.
Hardly a very surprising selection of winners – the Academy is nothing if not predictable – and my prediction rate of the major categories (best actor and actress, best supporting actor and actress, best picture and best directing) stands at 100 percent in the two ceremonies I’ve covered for work.
So now that the Oscars have finally glittered away into the distance, we’re left with nothing less than the spectacular insanity of Charlie Sheen.
A colleague of mine sent this gem of an interview from ABC’s Good Morning America. In this clip, Charlie Sheen claims that he is not bipolar, but “bi-winning” and talking about how much drugs he took (“I was banging seven-gram rocks”) and how he won’t die (“Dying’s for fools”). Full clip after the jump…
In this clip – where the interviewer even had him tested for drugs (he was clean) – he looks completely out of it. Totally haggard, wild-eyed and clearly not in his right mind. You kind of think that surely he has to be putting it on – but if he is, he’s completely dedicated to his cause. Especially since a judge recently stripped him of his custody and visitation rights to his twin sons for allegedly saying, “I will cut your head off, put it in a box and send it to your mom.”
Thankfully, the guys who reckon he’s worth $2-million an episode finally changed their tune and suspended production on his show… After he went on a verbal rampage against Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre (who is also the brains behind The Big Bang Theory). The moral of the story? Your insanity is tolerated… Until you insult your boss.
I’m torn – largely because I think that this behaviour can’t p0ssibly be true. I mean, nobody can be that obviously insane and still walking the streets, right? There’s a small part of me that hopes he’s just putting it all on – a crazy Joaquin Phoenix kind of stunt, possibly. He’s definitely doing it to keep himself in the headlines – although that public image may run away with him now that his long-suffering publicist has quit. And it’s definitely working – every interview he gives produces a fantastic sound-bite (seriously, he’s had some gems) and a Google search for Charlie Sheen provides hundreds of thousands of news articles written over the past few weeks. Everybody’s talking about him, and his Twitter account (oh yes, he’s on Twitter) already has over 600,000 followers, even though he only started tweeting around 10 hours ago – which proves that in Hollywood, you’ll get more attention for being a stark-raving lunatic than talented, charitable and humble.
Sheen’s making a concerted effort to outrun Mel Gibson in the crazy stakes… The only question is how the people around him haven’t enforced a psychiatric hold on the guy – especially since he’s making a habit of threatening everybody in a five metre radius. They locked Britney up after her meltdown, Mischa Barton was placed on a 72-hour hold after her freakout… and these girls did it in the privacy of their own home.
If he’s not putting it on, Sheen needs some serious help – but of course, he doesn’t believe he needs any. I’ll just standby and continue to watch the spectacular implosion… And still won’t watch any Two and a Half Men.