Charlie Sheen adds five cities to national tour

Wed Mar 16, 2011 9:12pm EDT
 
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Charlie Sheen on Tuesday added five new shows to the schedule of live performances he has mounted in the wake of being fired last week from his hit television program "Two And A Half Men."

Sheen's "My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat is Not an Option Show" will expand beyond previous cities of Detroit and Chicago to include New York City, Boston, Cleveland, Columbus, Ohio and Wallingford, Conn.

The new shows were posted on the sales site of Ticketmaster. The trek currently begins on April 5 in Cleveland and ends one week later in Boston. The new stops were added following reports over the weekend that the first two shows sold out quickly.

Sheen, who was TV's highest paid actor for his role as a skirt-chasing, heavy-drinking bachelor on No. 1-rated comedy "Two And A Half Men," has made headlines worldwide since January when he entered a home-based rehab program for drug and alcohol abuse. Production of his show was suspended.

After completing treatment, the actor said he wanted to return to work, but the show's producer Chuck Lorre, its makers at Warner Bros Television and the CBS network that aired it kept the program on hold.

Sheen went on several radio and TV interviews, complaining loudly about Warner Bros. and insulting Lorre by calling him "a stupid, stupid little man," among many other things. Warner Bros then fired him. He has sued both Warner Bros and Lorre for $100 million claiming he was wrongfully terminated.

For its part, Warner Bros. has claimed in a letter to Sheen's lawyer that the actor was engaged in "dangerously self-destructive conduct and appears to be very ill." Warner Bros. said Sheen had difficulty remembering lines, could not collaborate and had poisoned key working relationships.

Indeed, Sheen has had a troubled 2010, pleading guilty to assaulting his now ex-wife, being put on probation, spending several stints in rehab and in hospitals.

In recent weeks, he has gone on a personal media blitz starting a webcast called "Sheen's Korner," in which he talks about whatever is on his mind, and opening his own Twitter account to stay connected to fans.

Not much is known about his show beyond the description on the Ticketmaster site, which reads: "Will there be surprises? Will there be guests? Will there be mayhem? Will you laugh? Will you scream? Will you know the truth? WILL THERE BE MORE?!?! This IS where you will hear the REAL story from the Warlock. Bring it. I dare you to keep up with me."

(Editing by Dean Goodman)