Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Charlie Sheen Has None of His 'Tiger Blood' Bluster as He Meets the Press: Charlie Sheen Talks - without the Old Bluster

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Charlie Sheen Has None of His 'Tiger Blood' Bluster as He Meets the Press: Charlie Sheen Talks - without the Old Bluster

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PASADENA, Calif. - Charlie Sheen had none of his "tiger blood" bluster when he emerged to meet the television press for the first time since his stormy "Two and a Half Men" exit.

The 46-year-old actor was a last-minute addition to the roster of stars attending a Fox party on Sunday coinciding with the Television Critics Association's winter press tour.

While actors from "Glee," "New Girl," "Raising Hope" and other shows walked the red carpet out front of the Castle Green in Pasadena, Sheen was quietly brought in through the back, where he held court at an ordinary outdoor patio table. Only a full moon offered any illumination as Sheen sat next to Bruce Helford, the veteran TV showrunner who will executive produce his upcoming FX series "Anger Management," coming to CTV in Canada.

A small group of critics were invited to pitch questions to Sheen and a bodyguard made sure everyone kept a respectful distance while Kiefer Sutherland -- at the event to promote his upcoming Fox series "Touch" -- said a quick hi to Sheen. The actors were known to raise a little hell back in their bad old days on the set of "Young Guns" in 1988.

"He's a super guy," Sheen said later. "We threaten to get together and never do. This time we're going to."

Soft spoken and polite, Sheen made no apologies for his bizarre behaviour last winter but did seem to be stepping back from the "warlock" stance that eventually got him fired from "Two and a Half Men."

"It was about what had been going on all those years on the set," he said, suggesting executive producer Chuck Lorre rarely allowed any creative input from the actors.

"It was also about the pressure of 30 years in the business and finally saying all the things that were on my mind --and I said them all at once and it created a tsunami of bizarre proportions."

Sheen said the battle was one of principle.

"The reason I pushed it was I knew I was right in my stand," he said. "Right about what they had done.... That's why I pushed it so hard, because I knew there was victory at the end."

Sheen eventually won a financial severance for his premature departure from the series.

The actor said he has seem his old sitcom, now starring Ashton Kutcher, once or twice this season, looking at it more as as a pilot for a new show. …

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