June 22nd, 2012
12:21 PM ET
Hindsight is crystal clear for actor Charlie Sheen, who's poised to make his return to TV next week in FX's "Anger Management."
Two years ago, it seemed Sheen was in the midst of either an epic public meltdown or a very committed piece of performance art, but the actor tells Playboy in its July/August issue that what was really going on was denial.
"It wasn’t that bleak in my head. I felt I was winning by finally being able to speak my mind. I felt that was some sort of victory." he said. "And then it was fueled by the insane public outpouring of support.”
There wasn't "a master plan" in place to make "Winning!" a regular part of everyday conversations - those ramblings and catchphrases just "came out of nowhere," he said. "It was just random. The tiger blood? I don’t know. It’s just a very dangerous animal. And there’s a tiger in 'Apocalypse Now,' by the way, so maybe there’s a connection there. Adonis DNA? I don’t know what the f*** that was about. That was just stupid. That went a little far.”
But as for his firing from "Two and a Half Men," Sheen doesn't sound like he has any regrets - although he does wish he'd been kinder to his former co-star, Jon Cryer, who now appears on the CBS sitcom with Sheen's replacement, Ashton Kutcher.
“I whaled on him unnecessarily," Sheen says now of Cryer. "He was trying to keep the s*** together, trying to cover my a**, pick up the slack. He just got caught in the crossfire. He’s a beautiful man and a f****g fabulous dude and I miss him. I need to repair that relationship, and I will. I will reach out and do whatever is necessary.”
Sheen's also had a change of heart about the characters he wants to portray. On FX's "Anger Management," which is a sitcom version of the 2003 Jack Nicholson film, the actor's playing Charlie Goodson, who he describes as a "professionally accomplished, former ballplayer learning to overcome his anger issues.”
It's a purposeful move: “I’m done playing a drunken, womanizing, immature character," Sheen said. "This time I’m playing an adult."
"Anger Management" premiers on FX June 28 at 9 p.m. ET.
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