Martin Sheen felt “powerless” during his son Charlie Sheen‘s infamous public meltdown in 2011, insisting it was “painful” to watch the troubled star in such a “very desperate situation”.
The Wall Street actor was fired from his leading role on hit sitcom Two and a Half Men in 2011 after months of headline-grabbing behaviour, which led to Charlie becoming involved in a bitter war of words with show creator Chuck Lorre.
He spent the following months verbally attacking his former bosses and castmates, and even went on tour with an ill-advised comedy talk show.
The 49 year old recently admitted he was in the wrong and should have “begged” for his job back, and now his father, Hollywood veteran Martin, has opened up about the trying period in his son’s life.
Sheen, Sr. tells Britain’s Radio Times magazine, “What he was going through at that time, we were powerless to do much. Except to pray for him and lift him up…”
“You try to be as present as possible. But you have to be aware of the circumstances. You have to be aware of many things that the public is not aware of. Only those of us that knew him understood what was going on. I’m talking about steroids, at that time.”
“He was in a very desperate situation. And he was doing what he felt would get him out of it – going public. And it was very painful. No less painful for him.”
Charlie Sheen previously blamed a testosterone cream he had been using to boost his energy levels and libido for his meltdown, claiming it “metabolised into… a steroid”.
He said, “I think it was a bit of a roid rage. That’s the only thing I can point to to explain (it). There was no booze, no pain pills, seriously there was nothing, there was no street drugs (sic).”