Martin Sheen speaks out: "I know what Charlie is going through"
Rumors are swirling of a reunion after Charlie Sheen spent last Thursday (March 17) with several of FOX's top TV executives, including entertainment chairman Peter Rice.
During the more than hour-long meeting set up by FOX Sports, Sheen and the suits tried to come up with a show idea for the recently fired "Two and a Half Men" star.
One idea was a late-night talk show for Charlie, though nothing concrete came out of the exploratory meeting.
The news of the high-level meeting comes amidst unconfirmed tabloid chatter that CBS wants Sheen to return to "Two and a Half Men." As the troubled actor continues his crazy antics his father Martin has been watching him painfully, hoping he'll finally wake up.
The "West Wing" actor told the U.K. Telegraph that his son Charlie is still "emotionally" a child as a result of his addiction.
"Because when you're addicted, you don't grow emotionally. So when you get clean and sober you're staring at the moment you started using drugs or alcohol. You're emotionally crippled."
Martin continued, "I know what hell he's living in. I've had psychotic episodes in public. One of them was on camera - the opening scene of Apocalypse Now. ... I know what Charlie is going through. And when you do something like that, that is out of control, that's the most difficult thing. You have to have courage."
Papa Sheen added, "Faith can help all of us. Addiction is the dark side. It's a reflection of despair. And it's fed by all the other negativity."
Meanwhile, Charlie has big plans for his 21-city "Torpedo of Truth" tour that is set to begin next month. According to FOX News, he says he'll "riff like an artist" for 80 minutes in a "wild ride of highs and lows and dark and light and laughter and being surprised."
Though Sheen got dropped from an extremely lucrative television gig with "Two and a Half Men," he isn't going to go hungry anytime soon.
According to TMZ, the "Hot Shots" actor will pocket an estimated $7 million from his upcoming 21-date "Charlie Sheen LIVE: My Violent Torpedo of Truth" tour.
The first two gigs, in Detroit and Chicago, sold out in a record-breaking 18 minutes, and since Charlie is using his Twitter page to promote the gigs, advertising is free.