Just as Charlie Sheen prepares to re-enter the spotlight with his return to TV in the FX series “Anger Management,” the actor reveals that when the show is over, so is his acting career. Sheen revealed his plans to retire from acting in a new interview with the New York Times.
“When I’m done with this business it’s just going to be about soccer games and amusement parks. And when this ends, I’m done. This is my swan song,” Sheen, 46, said.
“I’ve been doing this 30 years. And there’s a lot more out there to do than make-believe, you know?” Sheen continued. “I mean, I’m grateful. I’ve got a dream life as a direct result of television, you know? But at some point you just get tired of wearing somebody else’s clothes, saying somebody else’s words and working in somebody else’s space.”
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Now, as we’ve all witnessed over the last few very dramatic years in The World of Charlie Sheen, the actor is known to have a hot temper, exaggerate a bit and act impulsively, so who knows if his decision to check out of show business will stick whenever the show does end. And that could be sooner rather than later, due to the unique terms of Sheen’s contract with FX, who took a major risk in hiring the former “Two and a Half Men” so soon after his Tigerblood-fueled meltdown. The contingency deal stipulates that the series only will be renewed for another 90 episodes if the first ten that have initially been completed are successful.
But whenever he does go out, Sheen says he doesn’t want his March 2011 firing from the CBS sitcom to be his TV legacy.
“That wasn’t meant to be my legacy. This is,” Sheen says. “There’s no way that I can hang my hat on that and say, ‘Yeah, most of it went great. Went a little weird at the end but, hey, we’re all friends.’ We’re not friends.”
As for his second act on television and chances for sitcom redemption, he joked: “You’re only supposed to have one hit show, unless you’re Kelsey Grammer.”
“Anger Management” debuts Thursday, June 28, at 9/8c on FX.