Sheen winks at bad boy past in "Anger Management"

Tue Jun 26, 2012 4:28pm EDT
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The first episode of Charlie Sheen's new comedy "Anger Management" opens with the actor hitting a punching bag and shouting: "You can't fire me. I quit!" It ends with his character jumping into bed with a hot chick.

That behavior may look and sound like the character on his old TV show, hit comedy "Two And a Half Men," as well as the real-life Sheen. But the Hollywood bad boy who was fired from "Men" last year in a public dispute with its makers, insists that "Anger Management," which debuts on the FX network on Thursday, is different.

"Anger Management" creator Bruce Helford agrees.

"It's a really interesting evolution for Charlie Sheen, as well as for the character," Helford told Reuters.

Sheen's character on "Men", Charlie Harper, was a boozing, womanizing bachelor who had failed to grow up. The new Charlie Goodson on "Anger Management" has a teenage daughter and is fully aware he needs to deal with his anger.

Sheen, 46, has said in a YouTube promotion that Goodson is "really smart, really funny. I think it's going to be refreshing for people to see this character, unlike a guy (Harper) who has two moves - drunk and drunker."

"C'mon," he quips as he walks away unscathed from an explosive train wreck in another video promotion for the new series, "everyone deserves a 24th chance."

But if Sheen's fans tune in on Thursday, they will be right to think that both Charlies - the thrice divorced actor and one-time cocaine addict with a penchant for call girls and the skirt-chasing TV character Harper - sound a lot like this new creation.   Continued...

Actor Charlie Sheen introduces the instant cult classic film "Project X" at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles, June 3, 2012. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni