Charlie Sheen delivers violent torpedoes, audience boos the truth


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Charlie Sheen debuted his one-man show, ‘My Violent Torpedo of Truth / Defeat Is Not an Option,’ in Detroit and Chicago over the weekend, which sold out several shows within hours of tickets being made available weeks ago.

The former ‘Two and a Half Men’ star promised fans ‘the real story’ during the monthlong 20-city tour. But on opening night at the Fox Theatre in the Motor City, the warlock couldn’t deliver and was booed by an exceedingly tough audience.


Even pithy catchphrases and tiger blood couldn’t save him. Times reviewer Charles McNulty wrote:

He didn’t bring the goods, and no amount of pandering to the spectators with his you-and-me against-the-trolls malarkey could convince them otherwise. The Malibu messiah’s stab at demagoguery died a quick and not entirely painless death.... But the aging Hollywood pretty boy was not only defeated by the uncontrollable nature of theater — he was running scared.

So much for that.

However, the laundry list of rants continued in Chicago, though the Windy City crowd wasn’t nearly as hostile. Sheen then announced that he’d be willing to take back his sitcom job if the ‘Men’ bosses he so overtly maligned asked him to return.

‘If they say, ‘Here’s your job back, I’ll go back to work,’ ‘ Sheen said onstage in Chicago. ‘I think it’s a great ... show,’ he added. But ‘they didn’t give a ... that I was hammered for eight years: money, ratings, money, ratings.’

Um, bad idea to talk about the benders, Charlie Bender. But Sheen said he would deliver the truth, as violent or torpedo-like as it may seem.

What do you think of the reviews? Did Sheen deserve to get booed? Tell us in comments.


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Sheen onstage. Credits: Carlos Osorio / Associated Press.