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Before he came up with "tiger blood" and "Vatican warlock assassin," Charlie Sheen invented a much more "winning" phrase: Winona Ryder's name. In a recent interview, the Anger Management star claimed that he was responsible for giving the actress, born Winona Laura Horowitz, her famous moniker.
"We were listening to The Doors, to 'Riders on the Storm.' Her real name is Horowitz," Sheen, 46, said during an appearance on CenterStage on Friday. "And I said, 'You know, I'm thinking Winona Ryder sounds cool,' and she was like, 'Yeah!'"
"[She] never, never gave me credit to this day," he added.
Hmm -- that might be because Winona remembers it differently. In a 1997 interview with Harper's & Queen magazine, Ryder revealed that her last name came from jazz musician Mitch Ryder, whose music her father was playing when she got her first film offer. That's a pretty different story -- although Winona's version explains why "Ryder" is spelled with a "y," while Sheen's does not. (Can somebody get Winona's dad on the phone to clear this up? Thanks.)
During his CenterStage interview, Sheen also revealed how Clint Eastwood and Sean Penn convinced him to go to rehab in 1990. Sheen, who was 25 at the time, recalled showing up at his parents' home, thinking it was his father Martin Sheen's birthday party. Instead, it turned out to be an intervention.
"I come in and there's my history teacher from seventh grade. There's people I haven't seen. I'm like, Sean [Penn], there’s no birthday party here," said the actor. "So I sit down and they proceed to go one by one, you know, what's happened, and how bad it is, and I'm just sitting there thinking, well, I'm having a good time, and I'm still wondering when the cake is coming out for dad, you know?... Then it dawns on me, this is happening.
"There’s a phone call at the very end, and it’s Clint Eastwood," he continued. "And he says 'Come on, kid, you know, you're tougher than this, just go fix yourself, get back in the game.' And I was like, 'All right, Clint.' How do you say no to Dirty Harry, you know? So I went. It helped at the time, yeah. Sure. Yeah, I was good for a while."
Sheen has fallen on and off the wagon since then, but says that one of his worst mistakes -- taking his nervous breakdown on the road in the live show "My Violent Torpedo of Truth, Defeat is Not an Option" -- was made sober.
"To do 21 cities in 33 days with no act, yeah. It sold out because I didn't know what it was, they thought they were going to watch a guy explode in a hail of cash and women. And tiger blood," Sheen joked. "I wish I could blame it on drugs. I can't."