Drug-damaged, bi-polar, psychotic, rambling and delusional are just some of the adjectives that have been thrown like excrement on the wall of Hollywoods excesses that is Charlie Sheen. A one-time effortless, boyish movie presence with a mischievous glint in his eye that was so perfectly exhibited in Oliver Stones Wall Street a film that went on to define an era. Now, however, his seemingly mad rants in interviews, much publicised misbehaviour and industrial cocaine use have led to him being practically unemployable where once producers would fight over him. Sacked from his part in lucrative sitcom Two and a Half Men and no realistic movie roles in sight, Sheen has taken to the road- touring his celebrity mental illness, and things have not started well. A series of lecture tours entitled- with typical marketing man having a break-down metaphor- Violent Torpedo Of Truth: Defeat Is Not An Option in which Sheen gives a talk about his favourite subject- himself, and the world that has the temerity to judge him, began this week in Detroit. The lecture saw wholesale booing and walk-outs from the capacity audience, a series of vulgar heckles until, finally, the man himself departed the stage.
"I expected him to at least entertain a little bit. It was just a bunch of ranting," said one of the disappointed patrons who had travelled from Canada and splashed out $75, and this was a familiar criticism. One wonders what exactly they expected from a man that had been gifted every decadent, nihilistic indulgence the American entertainment industry can bestow, coupled with near saintly tolerance for his misbehaviour and still threw it all away?
Were they, perhaps, expecting some sort of faux-academic lecture? A political call to arms? Or a self-help guide to achieve Sheens very own brand of Winning . Whatever they were looking forward to, what they received was more of the same that Sheen had produced on any talk-show that has been willing to have him in recent months, including this typical piece of magic:
Freedom from monkey eyedsweat-eating whores. Freedom from the dour and sour taste of malignant reproach Im a giant and leaky bag of mayhem.
All of which brought rather to keenly to mind Sheens character Bud Fox being warned by Michael Douglass Gordon Gekko in Wall Street:
a fool and his money are lucky enough to get together in the first place.
Sheen may consider that this is as true for him as for his audience. source - worst previews