Sheen explains 'Truth' show's turnabout

April 4, 2011 at 4:27 PM
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CHICAGO, April 4 (UPI) -- Troubled Hollywood actor Charlie Sheen admits his touring one-man stage show is a work-in-progress.

Sheen was heckled and booed when his show "My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat Is Not an Option" debuted Saturday night in Detroit. But by the next night in Chicago, he reportedly received a standing ovation.

E! News reported Sheen's premiere performance was disorganized and mainly comprised of the actor's now-famous rants, while his second-night performance was more structured and showed Sheen answering an interviewer's questions, then chatting about his life as a celebrity.

Sheen said he decided to retool his act after seeing it didn't work in Detroit the way it was.

"Yeah, we talked about it on the bus coming back, tons of input, then when I got back to the hotel and I wrote, we started writing, just to get some thoughts out, some feelings out, just some stuff that would be interesting," Sheen told E! News. "I was up till about 5, 6:30 [in the morning,] kept working on it, came here at 8:30, sat on the stage, looked out, came up with just the chair idea and we started talking about it... the interview thing. And then I went back and took a 2-hour nap and came here and did it. Yeah, so there was a moment on the bus when it was like, 'We can just keep going, we can drive home.' I'm like: 'Yeah, that's what losers do, man. (Expletive) it, you know?' Maybe I just, you know, needed a bigger challenge."

Sheen's once-bright career has been eclipsed in recent months by his battle with substance abuse and related erratic behavior. After being fired from TV's "Two and a Half Men," he went on a media blitz, slamming his employers and making outrageous claims, then announced plans for a touring stage show.

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