Charlie Sheen: Meltdown Was “One Weird Phase”

A surprisingly calm and collected Charlie Sheen sat down with Matt Lauer on "Today" this morning to finally attempt to put the whirlwind events of the past year into some perspective. 

"I think it's important that people see that I see and I feel that that was just one crazy chapter, one weird phase, and that I was this guy before it started and I can be that guy again afterwards, you know," said Sheen. 

Phase or not, Sheen does admit that his catchphrase-shouting TV appearances and live stage show will have a lasting impact on his life and career. 

"I still hear, you know, winning, and tiger blood and all that stuff as I'm walking down the street. I think the winning slogan was important though, because it gave people a chance to just feel something different, to just feel victorious, whether it was real or imagined, you know?"

After joking that he doesn't know anyone who would actually volunteer to be roasted, he claimed that his upcoming Comedy Central Roast was tough but enjoyable - and shocking,even to him. 

"It was raunchy. I thought I'd heard everything twice. Clearly I hadn't," Sheen said. "Yeah, no, they said, prepare yourself, and I said it's just words. At the end of the day it's just words and I was sitting there, and it was not just words. They were very biting."

Asked if he would watch "Two and a Half Men," Sheen responded "Of course" before praising replacement Ashton Kutcher for his comic timing, charisma, and looks. Sheen even joked with Lauer that "there's no urn" for his character, and perhaps he could return to the series for a guest appearance down the road. 

In closing, Lauer asked Sheen if he had anything to say to his fans. 

"I'm not going to let them down," he answered. "I'm not going to let them down when they put down money for a ticket or if they turn to the channel that I'm on, that I'm going to continue to deliver the things that have kept them interested the past three decades."

Selected Reading: MSNBC, Washington Post, E! Online

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