The Downward Spiral of Charlie Sheen

There is no denying that Charlie Sheen has been and still is a brilliant actor. His rise to fame was gained in hit movies like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Platoon, Wall Street, Major League, Money Talks and Hot Shots!. Those titles are just a few of the high grossing projects on his CV. He’s a writer and a producer, he’s won a Golden Globe, he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and his longevity in the industry is a testament to his acting skills. As part of the Brat Pack he was one of the most famous faces of the 80’s.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) – Charlie Sheen played the small but memorable role as a drug addicted alcoholic guy in the police station. Was this art imitating life?

 

Platoon (1986) – Charlie Sheen as Private Chris Taylor in the Oliver Stone Vietnam War drama was the embattled star’s first major role.

Most recently he enjoyed massive success as TV’s highest paid star on the mega hit show Two and a Half Men. Millions tuned in every week to watch the antics of Charlie Harper and his womanizing ways. Over the past year, producers of the sitcom tried to show their support of Sheen when they announced he was taking a break from the show, and rumors whirled that it was due to his alleged drug abuse. On March 7, 2011, Charlie Sheen was finally fired from the very same TV show that relaunched his career.

Two and a Half Men (2003 – 2011) – Charlie sheen plays Chris Harper, a hedonistic jingle writer and confirmed bachelor.

 

Now people aren’t talking about his work. Now it’s all about Tiger Blood, Bi-winning, multiple girlfriends and Sheen’s-Korner on Ustream. It’s outrageous and a fine example of bad decision making and the world is just eating it up.

If Hollywood was going to make a movie about the rise and fall of a movie star, the Charlie Sheen biopic would be salacious entertainment. Everything he’s gone through are the makings of great movie fodder, and there is a plethora of highlight reels to choose from.

Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards were a Hollywood “It” couple once upon a time.

 

80’s movie star, great periods of romance and wedded bliss and happy marriages where he enjoyed the spotlight of being one half of a Hollywood “It” couple. Scandal, divorce, failed marriages, alleged drug use, and a meteoric comeback.

Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller during happier times.

 

If that wasn’t enough material, now we’ve got more alleged drug use, rumors and court appearances revolving around claims of domestic violence. More claims of violent episodes, multiple girlfriends, hanging out with porn stars, getting his watch stolen by a prostitute.

Charlie Sheen and his two “goddesses”. – Image courtesy ABCNews.com

 

Now we can add to the lengthy list being fired from a successful sitcom, crazy antics and bizarre rants, verbally attacking his employers and waving machetes while drinking Tiger Blood. Unfortunately for Sheen, the behavior he’s been exhibiting has been the scandalized talk of the town.

He’s become the target for late night comedians and the media speculates daily on his mental state. Worry for his life has been given voice by more than one entertainment and news outlet. Are we watching the demise of a man who was once a major movie star? We are definitely privy to his downward spiral.

Charlie Sheen drinking a refreshing bottle of  Tiger Blood which seems to be more potent than Gatorade.

 

How do you recover from publicly slandering and slagging your boss? The very people who gave him his opportunity for ratings gold have been his targets for his most vicious of insults. His career is headed for a point of no return, his image seemingly irreparably tarnished. His credibility as being a stable and bankable star damaged. This isn’t the first time he’s been in a decline, but last time it was no where near this level of alarming or as bad. Last time he was able to recover. Just how bad things are now is clearly evident for anyone to see. Just watch his latest interviews and videos.

It’s obvious Charlie Sheen wants to make his own Machete movie as he waves a machete like a mad man.

 

His grandiose references to himself are making it hard for the general population to garner any sympathy for his current situation. He’s a major Hollywood player who has lived his life under the microscope of stardom, and his exploits are being aired and replayed and rehashed for the masses. Never mind he’s tried to do damage control for his disturbed outbursts. The damage has been done.

It’s as clear as writing on the wall that someone needs to save Charlie Sheen from himself and put a stop to the ranting.

 

Hopefully there is someone close to him who will care enough to convince him to get out of the limelight — at least for a while until things die down and the spotlight on his exploits is dimmed. Or at least until his disastrous escapades are a distant memory, even if they are not forgotten or forgiven.

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