Home Celebrity Charlie Sheen Pleads “Poverty”– Where’s The Millions He’s Been Paid?

I think it’s possible that Charlie Sheen has worn out the media. He’s done it all, from Piers Morgan to the Today show to minor things and Howard Stern. Everyone took him; he was a great “get.” It didn’t matter that he was entirely crazy, ranting, making no sense. Now Charlie’s taken to Twitter, where he’s picked up 500,000 followers in one day. And you wonder how Scientology does it. They should hire him! Meanwhile, the gist of Sheen’s complaint seems to be that he has no money.

This is utterly hilarious in light of how “regular” people are struggling right now in this economy. Sheen makes $1.2 million per episode of “Two and A Half Men.” He’s completed sixteen episodes this season alone, and the show has been for 8 years. Where the heck is his money? He owns a home in Mel Gibson country–Agoura Hills, in Malibu–assessed according to a 2005 public filing for $2.5 million. According to reports, he bought a seven bedroom, $7 million-plus house in Sherman Oaks, California in 2006 as well.

He’s also bought homes for his sister and daughter. He arrived at Piers Morgan’s show in a large Maybach. (He bought it, according to reports, last November for $500,000– not exactly a Corolla.) So what gives? Has it all been spent on drugs and hookers? Of course, there’s alimony and child support–two ex wives, four little kids. But still, can anyone have sympathy for this devil? This pleading poverty is not going to work. And neither is Sheen calling the cast and crew of “Two and Half Men” his, or Sheen saying he created it. Chuck Lorre created the show. It’s his show. Sheen is just an actor in it.

Sheen also told one interviewer that he “won Best Picture.” I think he means Oliver Stone won Best Picture for “Platoon.” Charlie was in the movie.  But it’s hard to remember that when megalomania takes over.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
6 replies to this post
  1. Dear Roger,

    A correction please;
    Platoon was produced by Arnold Kopelson who accepted the Academy Award for Best Picture. Oliver Stone ditected and accepted the Academy Award for Best Direction.

  2. “Sheen makes $1.2 million per episode…”

    You see various numbers up to $1.8-1.9M/episode. But your question is a good one.

    Maybe in this world there no longer is such as thing as “enough money”. That will make the celebrity behavior even more erratic.

    I for one hoped that the Kardashians would go away now that they are reportedly worth $65M.

  3. Poor, poor Charlie. I guess it’s time you start being frugal and liquidating like the rest of us. Don’t you wish you had all that $$$$$$$ spent on liquor, cigarettes, hookers, porn wannabe’s, and all the smut you’ve surrounded yourself with and the funny part of it is . . . you don’t even remember it because you were so out of touch!!!! I’m sure your children will be VERY proud of their father when they grow up. Please get some help before you ruin their lives, too! Sad, sad, Charlie!

  4. The real problem is Sheen has f***** over both a studio (WB) and a network (CBS), costing them 9 figures in lost revenue those episodes would’ve generated.

    How’s he gonna come back from THAT….?

  5. He’s a drug addict. And addicts lie. And this is supposed to be a surprise?? NOT… Most people know this, Roger. Charlie is just trying to be humorous in his drug addicted zone, we get that.


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