Magazine article Newsweek

Art Stranger Than Life: Charlie Sheen, from Porn King to 'Spin' Controller

Magazine article Newsweek

Art Stranger Than Life: Charlie Sheen, from Porn King to 'Spin' Controller

Article excerpt

Charlie Sheen isn't a drug-addicted, porn-loving loser, but he plays one on TV. You call this acting? Sheen is starring in the May 13 Showtime movie "Rated X," a raunchy, dark film about the Mitchell brothers, the hell-raising creators of the 1972 pornographic classic "Behind the Green Door." The film itself is less interesting than the fact that Sheen made it despite all its eerie echoes of his own tangles with substance abuse and naughty women. "I did it to face my demons, to see if I had the balls to relive the things I had experienced," says Sheen, who's been clean since July 1998. He doesn't care if people call this a cruel sort of typecasting: "The guy I play is dead, and I'm not. That's kind of the bottom line."

But not everybody thought that Sheen should play a guy who lets drugs ruin his life. The big opponent was his father, actor Martin Sheen, who asked a judge to issue an arrest warrant for his son in 1998 to force him into rehab. …

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