April 4, 2011 / 3:12 AM / 8 years ago

Charlie Sheen stages a comeback in Chicago

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - One day after his live show bombed in Detroit, actor Charlie Sheen staged a comeback in Chicago, changing the performance’s format and winning some fans in the process, according to media reports on Monday.

Sheen, formerly the highest-paid actor on U.S. television in his sitcom “Two and a Half Men” who had set out to redeem himself in a touring stage show dubbed, “My Violent Torpedo of Truth: Defeat is Not an Option,” opened his new act in Detroit on Saturday and received heckles and boos from the audience.

But the show went on to its second performance in Chicago on Sunday night in front of a far friendlier crowd with a changed format that deleted some video sequences, sketches and long monologues from the Detroit show and replaced them with an interview-style format, according to media reports.

“The show is now more of a talk show format, with the fired ‘Two and a Half Men’ star finally taking some questions from the crowd, burning through cigarettes, looking spaced out and telling wild and crazy stories that make Charlie Sheen well ... Charlie Sheen,” wrote a blogger on the website, ChicagoNow, an online community for the city.

The new style kept Sheen from going on boring, meandering rants about his recent life of personal and career turmoil and kept him on target with his off-the-cuff, telling comments on Hollywood stardom, past drug use and “goddess” girlfriends.

The result: a standing ovation for Sheen’s comeback. On Twitter, he told his fans, “I LOVE YOU CHICAGO! (the new Rock City!!!)”, referring to one of Detroit’s nicknames.

One day before, many of his 3.4 million followers on the social media site had only scorn for the actor. After the Chicago show, several were singing his praises.

Following the show, Sheen told reporters outside a Chicago nightclub that “It was a good night. A couple of things we have to adjust, but we’re excited,” the Chicago Tribune reported.

Sheen has undergone a series of events over the past 15 months that have turned his life upside down. He has been arrested and convicted of assaulting his now ex-wife Brooke Mueller. Media reports have detailed wild parties at his home and in hotel rooms. He has been to rehab and to hospitals.

The actor has said he is now sober, but after the makers of “Two and a Half Men” suspended production of his show and did not bring it back this season, he reacted by criticizing them publicly. Eventually, they fired him.

He has sued the makers, Warner Bros. Television and producer Chuck Lorre, for $100 million claiming they were wrong to terminate him, and he launched his stage show as one way to prove he still had fans and could put on a good performance.

The “Violent Torpedo” tour has 20 more shows to go. The next stop is Tuesday in Cleveland, and it continues through April, before making its final stop in Vancouver on May 2.

Reporting by Bob Tourtellotte; Editing by Alex Dobuzinskis

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