Still think he fits in the box with other creative folks that are “special” and how could he not feel that way with all the enablers around him but still, sad to day, nuttier than a fruitcake one minute, brilliant the next. He has said some very profound things the past two weeks, on the fly, even.
If he has addiction problems, and not other psychiatric issues, they say they must hit bottom before they can face the demons that fueled the addiction.
Either way, he and a lot of innocent workers are hurt, and that ain’t cool at all.
Some years ago, Sheen and his brother Emilio Estavez did a TV movie about my old friends and partners in crime, the Mitchell Bros. of San Francisco. If you don’t know the story, Jim and Artie Mitchell were porn movie pioneers who became famous after the release of “Behind the Green Door” starring Marilyn Chambers. They operated the O’Farrell Theatre at the corner of O’Farrell and Polk (across from Tommy’s) for many years and were major players and contributors to SF Democrats. (I met Herb Caen, Hunter Thompson, and Willie Brown at the O’Farrell) After years of substance abuse, the partnership unraveled in 1990. Artie (played by Sheen in the movie) went on a coke and alcohol binge and was shot and killed in his home by brother Jim (Estavez).
It was a classic Cain and Abel story.
It looks like Charlie has become Artie in real life, which is kind of spooky to someone who was there and saw it play out. Very sad.
I knew that, but I did not want to be the source. LOL. Nobody works at The Chronicle for more than a decade without knowing the “scoop” on Mitchell Bros. I met Jim and Artie, thanks to my Herb Caen connection. RL and I have discussed this before.
Charlie Sheen looks as sucked up as lizard jerky. He is rambling, incoherent and obviously feeling pretty omnipotent.
What is he using? If those are “goddesses” he is living with, he is also losing his eyesight. But worse, he is allowing himself to be manipulated by a media hungry for scandalous dysfunction, and thereby failing to protect his family.
This is the same kind of public meltdown we saw with Anna Nichole Smith, Jim Morrison, and River Phoenix.
It could likely come to an unfortunate ending.
It’s really weird to see how the media attaches itself to something like this when the news on the global front is unacceptable.
I have never watched this TV show Mr.Sheen is on.
But I do know this, nothing on television is permanent.
It’s all trend and ephemera and, too often, an escape from that which we all ought to paying the strictest attention.
I would be a liar and a hypocrite if I didn’t say that those times weren’t the most fun and free-wheeling of my life, but such fun comes with a heavy price tag. The Mitchells are dead, Hunter Thompson is dead, and the list goes on.
After the Mitchell melt down, I reassessed what I was doing with my life and quit alcohol and cocaine. I traded the outlaws for in-laws and settled down. It’s probably the only reason I’m alive to tell the story.
Charlie Sheen may get all the attention, but his story is one that plays out in every town in America. Just look at the police blotter.