LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Charlie Sheen plans to “riff like an artist” from memory rather than use a script on his 21-date “Torpedo of Truth” tour next month, delivering a mostly spoken word performance of about 80 minutes, according to one of the show’s producers.
Joey Scoleri told E! News in an interview on Friday that audiences would also get to ask questions of the fired “Two and a Half Men” actor, and he promised a “wild ride of highs and lows and dark and light and laughter and being surprised.”
Few details have so far been released of the tour, which sold out quickly in several U.S. cities after the massive publicity enjoyed by Sheen’s bizarre rants and his exit from the most-watched comedy on television.
The description on the Ticketmaster website for ”Charlie Sheen’s Violent Torpedo of Truth Defeat Is Not an Option” show reads merely; ”“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.”
Scoleri told E! News that Sheen was not using any writers.
“It’s all Charlie. I don’t think it’s a script, as much as he is going to riff like an artist...He will probably do most of it from memory, he’s that talented.”
“There will be some multimedia, but largely just him and a microphone and he’s going to talk, and having heard some of the stuff he is going to say, people are going to be pleasantly surprised. There will be some things that are shocking and provoking, but you’re going to laugh,” he added.
Sheen, who has been in and out of drug and alcohol rehab in the past year, was the highest paid actor on U.S. television before he was fired on March 7 because of what executives called his “dangerously self-destructive conduct”.
Sheen fired back with a $100 million lawsuit against Warner Bros. Television and the show’s producer Chuck Lorre claiming he was wrongfully terminated.
Scoleri said Sheen could make “several hundred thousand” dollars from each of his live shows but declined to give precise figures.
Celebrity website TMZ on Friday estimated he could rake in $7 million from ticket sales, merchandising and after-parties -- the equivalent of his salary for about four episodes for playing a skirt-chasing bachelor on “Two and A Half Men.”
Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte