Charlie Sheen faces prospect of losing, duh

Sun Apr 3, 2011 6:57pm EDT
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By Bob Tourtellotte and Bernie Woodall

LOS ANGELES and DETROIT (Reuters) - Actor Charlie Sheen, whose assertion that he is always "winning, duh" has become a pop catchphrase, faced a new reality the day after his stage show bombed. Fans and critics said: "losing, really."

In March, Sheen was fired from his job as TV's highest-paid actor on the comedy "Two and a Half Men" after he publicly criticized producer Chuck Lorre and the show's makers at Warner Bros. Television.

He created the stage act -- a disorganized group of sketches, monologues and videos titled "My Violent Torpedo of Truth: Defeat is Not an Option" -- to prove to detractors that after months of drug and alcohol rehab, an assault on his ex-wife and probation, Sheen was still in shape to work.

While it may be true that he is able to perform, what he is doing, at least on stage, has failed to excite his audience.

During the show, whole sections of people in the balcony, chanted in unison, "Refund! Refund!" and after it ended, Joe Boland, 46, of Plymouth, Michigan, told Reuters: "They should have been chanting, "Rehearse! Rehearse!"

By Sunday on Twitter, numerous tweets appeared like this one by jackieedge 207: "Hahahahahahaha Charlie Sheen first night of his tour was a complete failure. #losing".

One person conspicuously absent on the social networking website was Sheen himself who has used Twitter in recent weeks to fire off missives about anything that was on his mind. But there was no reaction from the actor or his handlers.


<p>Actor Charlie Sheen blows kisses towards fans as he arrives for a sentencing hearing at the Pitkin County Courthouse in Aspen, Colorado August 2, 2010. REUTERS/Rick Wilking</p>