September 16th, 2011
12:39 PM ET
If you haven't noticed, Charlie Sheen is no longer spouting a Sheen-ism a minute, running from talk show to daytime program to nightly news segment exclaiming "winning!" and "I'm a rock star from Mars!"
Instead, he's bouncing from "The Tonight Show" to "Today" trying to explain what was going on with him during those crazy weeks. Interestingly, not even the actor himself has wrapped his head around what happened earlier this year.
"That was a time when, you know...I really don't know what happened," Sheen tells Matt Lauer on "Today." "It was one of those things where, boy, the planets were either aligned perfectly or imperfectly. I just said some stuff and it caught traction globally and instantly and I couldn't really put out that fire so I kept fueling it."
This tiger blood Sheen with Adonis DNA created something that "took on a life of its own," the actor continued. "People grabbed on to these catchphrases, these metaphors, as it were, and they just ran with it. It seemed like it caught a lot of people at a time when they needed something different to root for, or get inside and feel the energy of...I figured, all right, I'll continue to give people what they want."
These days, though, things are "a lot calmer," Sheen says. He says he's sober, no longer with any "goddesses" and is focusing on repairing broken relationships with the mothers of his children, Denise Richards and Brooke Mueller.
"I think it's important that people see that I feel that was just one crazy chapter, one weird phase, and that I was this guy before it started so I could be that guy again afterward," he told Lauer.
Thursday night, Sheen was just as humble on Jay Leno's couch. Reflecting back to his "winning" period, the actor explains, "I don't know so much that I was winning, but when you say it, you just feel better about yourself." He says what changed is that he "realized I was pretty much losing."
Sheen's Comedy Central roast airs on Monday, the same day that "Two and a Half Men" will premiere with Ashton Kutcher in Sheen's place. The actor admits that his firing is understandable.
"I would've fired [myself from 'Two and a Half Men'] too," he tells Leno. "It is what it is."
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