“When I’m done with this business it’s just going to be about soccer games and amusement parks,” said Sheen when asked about what comes after the show. “And when this ends, I’m done. This is my swan song.”
Though he’s immensely grateful for the “dream” life acting, especially in television, has afforded him, Sheen admitted that after 30 years he was ready for something new.
“There’s a lot more out there to do than make-believe, you know?” he said. “At some point you just get tired of wearing somebody else’s clothes, saying somebody else’s words and working in somebody else’s space.”
Anger Management – Sheen’s first major project since his public meltdown last year, which lead to him leaving the CBS smash Two and a Half Men – is set to premiere June 28th on FX. The show follows Sheen’s character, Charlie Goodson, a baseball player turned therapist who changed gigs after a self-inflicted broken knee (he tried to smash a bat against his leg in a fit of rage) forced him out of the game.
The new show also has an interesting production twist: If the first ten episodes are successful, 90 more will be produced over the next two years. Most shows take about five years to reach the 100 episode benchmark that typically marks a good syndication package.
In a recent Rolling Stone cover story, Sheen discussed his notorious, catch-phrase-spawning antics last year: “Clearly, a guy gets fired, his relationships are in the toilet, he’s off on some fucking tour, there’s nothing ‘winning’ about any of that,” he said. “I mean, how does a guy who’s obviously quicksanded, how does he consider any of it a victory? I was in total denial.”