The troubled actor, whose hit sitcom Two and a Half Men has been scrapped for the rest of the season, had the words "Death From Above" inked onto his skin earlier this week (ends27Feb11), claiming the phrase from the Vietnam War epic symbolises his own crazy life.
Explaining the tattoo, which is complete with blood dripping from the phrase onto an apple, he tells U.S. radio host Alex Jones, "It’s the banner from the death card that Kilgore (Robert Duvall's character) is throwing on his victims. But also falling from it is the apple from The Giving Tree. There’s my life. Deal with it."
Sheen also revealed he sees parts of himself in every major character in the 1979 film, from his dad Martin Sheen's Captain Benjamin L. Willard, to Dennis Hopper as an American photojournalist, to Marlon Brando's renegade Colonel Walter E. Kurtz.
Quoting from Brando's character, he adds, "'You have the right to kill me, but you do not have the right to judge me'. Boom. That’s the whole movie. That’s life."
Sheen's future on Two and a Half Men was thrown into doubt after he publicly lambasted show creator Chuck Lorre, prompting producers to pull the sitcom for the rest of its current season.