Although their epic fallout is a thing of the past, Charlie Sheen admitted he was hit with an excessive amount of anxiety just before he reunited with Two and a Half Men creator, Chuck Lorre.
During a recent interview with the New York Post, Sheen recalled his mental struggles just before meeting Lorre to discuss the new Max series, Bookie. “The anxiety that I had prior to our first chat was a tsunami,” he explained. Thankfully, the conversation went way better than the actor had originally expected. “Chuck got on the phone and couldn’t have been more lovely or engaging. It was so healing … and it was so surreal when the little voice in your head keeps saying, ‘This can’t be happening.’”
Charlie Sheen also described the conversation as being a “really fun dream” that he was having. “It was just so refreshing and liberating. I felt like so much weight had been lifted. It was hard for me to reach out [to Chuck] just because of the amount of shame I’ve lived under for all these years.”
Sheen also recalled telling Lorre that he had so much regret over the long-time feud between them. “I told Chuck, ‘You know, there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t have a moment of regret about the whole episode,’ and he said, ‘It’s time to move past all that.’”
Chuck Lorre Wants to Put the ‘Craziness’ Between Him and Charlie Sheen Behind Them
While also speaking to the New York Post, Chuck Lorre reflected on the incident that caused a decade-long feud between him and Charlie Sheen.
“It’s easy to forget that we worked together for eight-and-a-half years and made 170 episodes of television and had a lot of fun, more often than not,” Lorre said. “It was time to put all that craziness behind us.”
Sheen also said that Lorre was the one who reached out to him about Bookie. “Any chance I got, if I did the odd podcast or interview … I would just talk about [Chuck] in a way hoping it would get back to him and then maybe he caught wind of some of that.”
Charlie Sheen then said that those around him helped him see the error of his old ways. “The people that were around me knew that I had parked that [meltdown] nonsense and retired my stein. To be able to finally be able to do things like this,” he continued. “Which I wasn’t able to do for so long, is a gift.”
Sheen added the situation like when a child is born and it’s perfectly healthy. “It was up there with the birth of a healthy child. I’ll get yelled at for saying that, but it’s true.”
Bookie is premiering on Max next Thursday (Nov. 30). It will have eight episodes in its first season. The show also stars Sebastian Maniscalco and Omar J. Dorsey.
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