CenterStage with Charlie SheenPremieres on the YES Network on Friday, July 6, 2012, 11 p.m.
Charlie Sheen is Michael Kay’s guest on an all-new CenterStage premiering Friday, July 6, 2012, at 11 p.m. immediately following the Yankees-Red Sox postgame.
Sheen’s take on pitch counts
Pitch counts are ruining baseball. Who came up with that? There is a kid in Toronto, the rookie, like his fourth start, he takes a no-no into the seventh. “No, he is at a hundred. Pull him.” The guy probably committed suicide after the game, you know? He could throw 600 pitches and still be in the high 90s, you know?
He wishes he could have pitched on four or five days rest while filming “Major League”
Fun as hell to do, yeah. The only problem was that you are not working like a four- or five-man rotation. You are pitching essentially four or five days in a row because of stadium availability. As a starting pitcher, you know, there was a couple of times when I had thrown 120 pitches the day before. Come back, throw 90. The next day, a hundred.
Sheen uses baseball lingo to describe his marital failures and to respond if he’ll get married for a fourth time
No, and, because first of all, I'm not very good at it. You know? That’s pretty obvious. To earn the golden sombrero, to go 0-4 with marriage would just be not something I’d be proud of, you know?
Clint Eastwood’s impact on Sheen’s 1990 intervention
I get dropped off home and my mom at the door says, “You don’t have a gun on you, do you?” I'm like, “Well, no.” Like, they’re telling me it’s my dad’s birthday, right? I'm like, nine a.m., what is he late for something? And so I get there and I haven't figured it out yet, and I come in and there’s my history teacher from seventh grade. There’s people I haven't seen. I'm like, Sean [Penn], there’s no birthday party here. So I sit down and they proceed to go one by one, you know, what’s happened, and how bad it is, and I'm just sitting there thinking, well, I'm having a good time, and I'm still wondering when the cake is coming out for dad, you know? So that’s when I can finally slide out. Then it dawns on me, this is happening. There’s a phone call at the very end, and it’s Clint Eastwood. And he says “Come on, kid, you know, you're tougher than this, just go fix yourself, get back in the game.” And I was like, “All right, Clint.” How do you say no to Dirty Harry, you know? So I went. It helped at the time, yeah. Sure. Yeah I was good for a while.
Sheen talks about the end of “Two and a Half Men”
A lot of it was my fault, a lot of it was their fault. They went into my personal space, you know? And then my personal space might have been not the most private place in the world. It got in the way of the work. It got in the way of the relationships, you know? I’d like to think that I didn’t get fired, I got traded for a player to be named later. I have said, sort of arrogantly and with anger, that you can’t take the anchor away. When you take away your anchor, you tend to go adrift. So I felt bad for them for like a nanosecond. I was actually kinda rooting for it and I thought that the reveal—I thought the intro to Ashton’s character in that, in the urn and by the window—it was like one of the great TV moments ever.
Charlie reflects on his 2011 live tour entitled “My Violent Torpedo of Truth, Defeat is Not an Option Tour”
To do 21 cities in 33 days with no act, yeah. It sold out because I didn't know what it was, they thought they were going to watch a guy explode in a hail of cash and women. And tiger blood. I wish I could blame it on drugs. I can't.
Sheen sums up the night that everything went wrong at a tour stop at the Fox Theater in Detroit, co-opting a Hemmingway line
Hemmingway says that to be a man you have to fight a bull, plant a tree and have a son. He left out being booed off the stage in Detroit.
How did Charlie deal with becoming a star at 22 after the movie “Platoon”?
They tell us as kids, “Well, at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” Well what if at first you succeed? What do you, where do you go? Right?
Moving from NYC to LA after his brother Emilio Estevez gets mugged
I only lived in New York till I was three. And my dad [Martin Sheen] was in an episode of "Flipper" or something that brought him to California. And he looked at that and he went, “We are getting outta here.” You know, nothing against New York, but my brother Emilio had been mugged like the day before at school, and [dad] decided to move the whole gang west.
How fellow “Platoon” actor Keith David saved Charlie’s life on set in the Philippines
[Keith David] plays King in the movie. Oliver [Stone, the director] said, “Look, I just want to get some quick chopper-to-chopper stuff. And we are just gonna go up about, you know, 50 feet off the deck. And we are just gonna hover, a couple of close ups, and then we are gonna land.” We get up there and Oliver gets excited, so he is like, “Yeah, yeah, let’s go through that valley down there.” And now we are cooking like 80 knots in this valley. And no one is harnessed in, no one is safety belted in. And when we catch a wind sheer and the chopper goes left and I am in the door with my feet on the skids and I feel the hand of, the hand of a King on my back, grabbing my LC2 [pistol belt] and just pulling me back. He didn’t buy a single meal the rest of the time there.
Sheen’s brother Emilio Estevez originally had the role in “Platoon” instead of Charlie
I don’t know if I should reveal this, but my brother had the part before I got it. And [the producers] lost their financing and then Oliver changed his mind and auditioned me. And I just don’t know, I am sorry Emilio. He had, has a great career regardless, but my life is totally different without that film.
Octogenarians now recognize him due to “Two and a Half Men”
I was in a restaurant years ago, this group of octogenarians already, either died or, or were headed there that night, you know? And as I left my table and passed them, they grabbed all their walkers and stuff and they are like, “Oh, Mr. Sheen, can we get photos?” I am like, “How do you know who I am? How can you see your television?”
Shooting the movie “Red Dawn” in frigid temperatures
Las Vegas, New Mexico (where the film was shot) is the other Las Vegas. And we shot in a place called Johnson’s Mesa, and it was from, I think, September to February. Literally, it was like 84 below. It was so cold, people were just sitting in the snow and weeping. ‘Cause you couldn’t do anything, you know? I learned that it’s much easier to be hot and cool down than cold and getting warm, you know?
His brutal schedule while shooting “Major League”
In the movie, it’s like the greatest sports heroic moment ever. At the time, it’s four in the morning, there is like 11 people left. We are framing them out and the rest are like this cut out cardboard doubles and I am like, “Oh, I am just done.” I am thinking, “Don’t trip, don’t trip, don’t trip.” And I am walking onto the mound and you can see there is one breath as I pass camera. But that’s not about “I am going in to get this guy,” it’s like “I got through that shot.”
Sheen was treated poorly during the filming of “Platoon”
It was pretty exciting. We dug in for two weeks in the Philippine jungle into the boot camp, living in foxholes. The thing that sucked about it was your rank was how they treated you, and I was a private first class, you know? They didn’t treat me well. No hot food. No showers. Then [during] the day we finished the training camp, Oliver had us on this 20 kilometer hump through the jungle and then where we ended up—our destination was where he was shooting the first shots in the movie. He wanted us to look like that, coming in. And it’s in the film. So he wanted that, that kind of authenticity, you know?
Sheen was not proud of “Wall Street II,” and he thought that he would do more films with writer Oliver Stone
I guess I got an opportunity to do the second [Wall Street movie], I had a little cameo. That money should have gone to charity, but the film was misguided. Everybody in it was great, but I just don’t know that that story needed to be continued without the original people. Hello! Jesus, I thought Oliver and I were just gonna like make every movie like for the rest of time, like a Scorsese/DeNiro thing, but I don’t know what happened. He got sick of me.
Choosing between winning an Oscar and playing in the big leagues
I have always said I’ll trade an Oscar for one at-bat in The Show now. Just one, just one.
Sheen goes to great lengths to try to catch a home run ball at an MLB game
April ’96, it was in Anaheim. I bought the whole section, like, sixty-four hundred seats and sat there with three buddies. Four balls hit the wall that night. I’ve never had one.
Favorite piece of sports memorabilia that Charlie owns
Babe Ruth’s ’27 World Series ring. There’s one in the world, I have it. Yeah. I didn't give that up.
Why Charlie started selling some of his sports memorabilia collection
Just because I got to a point where I felt like I was hoarding. I opened a drawer looking for something, and there’s Ted Williams’ ’41 road jersey. And I thought, what is this doing in a drawer? I gotta wear this. No, I thought, I got to re-circulate this stuff back into the hobby.
Sheen’s sports memorabilia collection was stolen from the old All-Star Café in NYC
It was my whole collection, and it was in a place called the Sheen Room. I had the only Cobb glove in the hobby, the Mookie ball was there, it was really a cool collection. They got robbed and they took a lot of my stuff. Yeah, what really hurt, I had the only uncut sheet: It was a ‘34 Goudey with a green Lajoie in it. Anyway, it’s a card they forgot to issue the year before. And all the kids had the whole set except for Lajoie. So they said "Can you please issue it?" And they put it in the next series. An uncut sheet, you know what that is obviously. That’s why that Wagner card is fake, because you can't have perfect left/right, top-to-bottom centering on something that was hand cut and things start to move at the bottom. Right? So everything was off. So [whoever had the sheet after it was stolen] thought that this sheet would be so much more valuable cut up and perfect. And they cut it up, they destroyed it. And we found it just across state lines at some pawn shop, and they're like, "You want your cards back?" I'm like, "Keep them. That thing was about a buck fifty."
Charlie’s experience on his 2011 Comedy Central roast and why he had no restrictions on what could be said about him
Because I have a panel of experts, and this is what they do for a living. I didn't want to pull arrows out of their quiver. I kind of challenged them and said, "Let’s see how good you guys are. You’ve got a ton of material to work with. Bring it."
How Sheen gave actress Winona Ryder her stage name
We were listening to the Doors. It was in the “Riders on the Storm.” Her real name is Horowitz. And I said I'm thinking Winona Ryder sounds cool, and she’s like, “Yeah!” And [she] never, never gave me credit to this day.