Charlie Sheen 'emotionally crippled' by addiction, dad Martin Sheen says
Still, the 70-year-old actor can relate to what his 45-year-old offspring is going through, he said in an interview published Monday.
"I've had psychotic episodes in public. One of them was on camera –- the opening scene of 'Apocalypse Now,'" Sheen told the Telegraph as he and son Emilio Estevez promoted "The Way," Estevez's latest directorial effort, in which they both star. "So I know what Charlie is going through. And when you do something like that, that is out of control, that's the most difficult thing. You have to have courage."
Remember, Charlie Sheen is the guy who this year closed his eyes and cured his mind in a nanosecond. That after being cured at least once before after rehab. The rehab after his 1998 overdose, that is, not to be confused with the "preventative" rehab he entered after his Christmas 2009 arrest on domestic violence charges. The nanosecond cure was part of his home program at the "Sober Valley Ranch," in the wake of a days-long porn-stars-and-blow bender -- no, not the Vegas bender, or the Plaza Hotel incident -- that put him in the hospital and on hiatus on his way to being fired.
The former "Two and a Half Men" star has repeatedly slammed the Alcoholics Anonymous "cult" and the disease model of addiction, choosing to say in recent interviews that he's not used drugs since a certain date, rather than describing himself as having been "sober" for any length of time.
The elder Sheen -- who hasn't had a drink in 20 years and in 2008 said "successful rehabilitation needs accountability" -- sees it differently. He described Charlie as "not a kid," except in one area: "When you're addicted, you don't grow emotionally."
"So when you get clean and sober you're starting at the moment you started using drugs or alcohol. You're emotionally crippled."
Hmm. Would it be rude to play Pin the Age on Charlie Sheen's Arrested Development?
Ponder that while listening to songified video below -- it's certain to please the teen boys, celebrity bloggers and other emotionally challeged folks in the audience.
-- Christie D'Zurilla
Photo: Charlie Sheen, left, Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez got together in September 1994 when Charlie got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The "Platoon" star had just turned 29 chronologically -- but what about emotionally? Credit: Associated Press