Here's the Biggest Reason Sheen Imploded

One word: enablers
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 7, 2011 10:59 AM CST
In this Jan. 28, 2009 file photo, actor Charlie Sheen is interviewed at an event to celebrate Planet Hollywood's purchase of Italian restaurant chain Buca di Beppo.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
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(Newser) – How exactly did tiger-blood-drinking, porn-star-loving Charlie Sheen get so crazy? By surrounding himself with enablers, sources tell the New York Times. From managers, agents, and publicists to assistants and fellow partiers, Sheen’s antics are widely tolerated for one simple reason: “He’s money,” one agent says. “He makes the cash register ring.” Tom Arnold, who got sober more than 20 years ago and has helped stage interventions for Hollywood addicts, once tried to help Sheen—and was shocked by the reaction he got.

“I went to a person close to him and said, ‘This guy is in serious trouble with serious drugs. We’ve got to help him,’” Arnold says. “And this person flat-out told me to my face, ‘We make a lot of money from him. I can’t be part of it.’ That tells you everything you need to know.” But one producer who knows Sheen says he’s always just wanted to be “the class clown”—and that maybe he’s actually “crazy like a fox.” More from Sheen:

  • The actor famously said the only drug he’s using is called “Charlie Sheen.” Well, now there is a drug called “Charlie Sheen”—a new strain of marijuana being sold in California, TMZ reports.
  • In a text message to the New York Post, Sheen approved of Bill Hader’s impersonation of him on Saturday Night Live: "It was pure genius because it was based on me, and Hader is a genius as well. A GNARLINGTON, VA High-five to mr Hay D URR!!!!"
Click for Sheen's latest gripe with ex-wife Brooke Mueller, whom he reportedly accuses of profiting off their twins.

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