Sheen’s sitcom Two and a Half Men was stalled in February (11) following a series of bizarre antics, which began with the star trashing a hotel room in New York over a missing watch and ended with the actor’s hospitalisation following an all-night party.
He was then fired from the show in March (11) after publicly feuding with producers and series creator Chuck Lorre.
That led to several weeks of headline-grabbing, wild behaviour as Sheen took to the Internet to blast TV executives and co-stars, lost custody of his twin sons and staged a bizarre touring one-man show.
Now reflecting on his year in the headlines, Sheen insists he’s in a better place.
Sitting down for a new interview on U.S. breakfast show Today, he says, “I don’t really know what happened. It was one of those things where the planets were aligned, perfectly or imperfectly. I said some stuff and then it caught such traction globally and instantly that I couldn’t really put out the fire… From one moment to the next, I didn’t know what was going to happen. It was pretty exciting.
“Looking back on it, I don’t think I would trade it, but there are portions of it I would have amended a little bit.”
Sheen reveals he learned a valuable lesson amid the media firestorm – to appreciate his family, including ex-wives Denise Richards and Brooke Mueller, who he recently holidayed with in Mexico.
He continues, “I’m seeing my kids a lot more, mending fences with Denise and Brooke, just trying to move forward and prioritise what matters. I think that’s where the life is, you know, it’s in those quiet moments. It’s not the giant TV deal or the big party or the award or whatever, it’s the memory of your child’s smile at the end of the day that sort of brings that one lonesome tear.”
And the actor assures fans not to worry about his mental state after the months of craziness – he insists he’s “absolutely” sober and feels “a lot calmer” and “a lot mellower”.
The full interview is set to air in the U.S. on Friday (16Sep11) as Sheen prepares for a TV comeback in a new sitcom inspired by Adam Sandler’s Anger Management movie.