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Even when he's not having a spectacular meltdown, Charlie Sheen is full of colorful theories. In his new Playboy interview, the actor talks about his belief in ghosts, reveals the origin of "tiger blood" -- and says he was fired from Two and a Half Men for laughing too hard at a Dave Chappelle sketch.
Now, you may be under the impression that Sheen, 46, was fired by producer Chuck Lorre because of his erratic behavior and substance abuse. Shortly before his dismissal, Sheen was rushed to the hospital, allegedly after sharing a briefcase full of cocaine with two porn stars. But Sheen claims he was in the hospital because of a hernia. Specifically, he gave himself a hernia by laughing too hard at an episode of Chappelle's Show.
"Remember that scene where he's a blind white supremacist who doesn’t know he's black? Have you seen it? It's the funniest thing in the world," Sheen tells the interviewer. "It's f***ing hilarious. I'd never seen it, and I laughed myself into a hernia. That is 100 percent true... There you go. Dave Chappelle cost me my job."
Sheen apparently has the scar to prove it, too. You can watch the Dave Chappelle sketch here, though if you're at high risk for a hernia, you may want to skip it.
Regarding his now-infamous meltdown, Sheen admits to Playboy that he "cracked," thanks to the combined pressures of work, divorce and aging in show business. "I finally just said the things I had always been thinking," he says with a laugh, "but in the middle of a psychotic break."
Looking back, Charlie describes those months as feeling like an out-of-body experience, and even he doesn't understand some of his catchphrases. He says he doesn't even know what a "warlock" is, he just liked the way it sounded. He acknowledges that "winning" was an expression of "total denial," and that referring to his genetic makeup as "Adonis DNA" went "a little far." As for "tiger blood," Sheen has no idea where that one came from.
"It wasn't planned, it was just random. The tiger blood? I don't know. It's just a very dangerous animal," he muses. "And there's a tiger in [father Martin Sheen's film] Apocalypse Now, by the way, so maybe there's a connection there."
Even though he realizes how crazy he was acting, Sheen still believes that a lot of the backlash against him was uncalled for. His live-in "goddesses," for example, were "fodder for [people] to criticize, more Sheen antics to judge when those same people would have loved to have a similar situation." And he stands by his story that he cured his drug and alcohol addictions with his own brain, saying, "I think the power of the mind is amazing."
Sheen offers some more evidence that his mind is amazing: On more than one occasion, he's seen ghosts. He describes seeing a recently deceased screenwriter friend dancing through his house; another time, a friend's dead father walked right past him.
"I know it was him. I have no doubt. I'm not f***ing high or experimenting with psychedelics... I just accept stuff like that and don't try to figure it out," Sheen swears. "I saw these people, or their spirits or whatever, for a reason. I don't know what the reason is right now, but maybe it'll be revealed some other time."
Now starring on the FX comedy Anger Management (which debuts June 28), Sheen is the father of five children from previous relationships (including two daughters from his marriage to Denise Richards and twin toddler boys from his marriage to Brooke Mueller). He has announced plans to retire after the new show, mainly to focus on his children.
"I can't tell you how many calls I've gotten at work: 'He or she took their first step', or 'He or she ate solid food,' or 'He or she rode a bike for the first time,'" he sighs. "I'm the breadwinner and I have to do this so my kids can have a life, but I feel I'm missing too much."