Late Night: Charlie Sheen: 'I didn't really believe I had tiger blood'
Like a bad boyfriend who calls to say he's sorry the moment you've gotten over him, Charlie Sheen made a contrite appearance on Thursday's "Tonight Show."
Though Sheen was ostensibly there to promote his upcoming Comedy Central roast, host Jay Leno wanted to know about the actor's protracted and very public meltdown earlier this year.
Sheen described it as "a runaway train that I was kind of the reluctant conductor of. ... It just kept going. I said some things that were a little out there ... but these were just metaphors. I didn't really believe that I had tiger blood or Adonis DNA."
"But were you out of control?" Leno asked.
"Absolutely," Sheen said.
The former "Two and a Half Men" star was subdued and apologetic, though oddly cagey when it came to the subject of what was really going on: "I don't know what that was all about, Jay. I wish I could come out here and explain it all to you. ... I think it would make less sense if I tried to explain it to you," he said.
Sheen did, at least, explain the appeal of his most popular catchphrase. "The thing about 'winning,' I think that one was really about something. I don't know so much that I was winning ... but when you say it, you just feel better about yourself."
Leno asked Sheen if there was "one defining moment" when it became clear that he was not, in fact, winning.
"Yeah, it was the day I got fired ... from my big television show. But I thought I could come back , kind of like you did," he quipped.
"At least one of us got their job back," Leno fired back.
In the second segment of the interview, Sheen said he'd have "fired my ass too" and claimed that he "just wanted to make things right." Maybe the strangest thing about the entire appearance was just how even-keeled Sheen seemed, as if he'd just flipped a switch.
So has Sheen truly turned over a new leaf? Or is he just really good at faking it?
-- Meredith Blake
Photo: Charlie Sheen, left, and Jay Leno. Credit: Danny Moloshok / Reuters and Chris Pizzello / Associated Press.