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One of many things we've learned recently about Charlie Sheen: He doesn't take kindly to other people's advice. (And not in a fun, rebellious James Franco way -- in a belligerent, tiger-blooded way.) So when Alec Baldwin went onto The Huffington Post on Friday to write Sheen some funny, thoughtful advice, Sheen didn't exactly take it with a sense of humor.
In his post, the 30 Rock actor reveals that he, too, was fired by a studio in the middle of a successful franchise: after playing the character Jack Ryan in 1990's The Hunt for Red October, Baldwin was replaced by Harrison Ford, who went on to play the role in Patriot Games (1992) and Clear and Present Danger (1994). Baldwin says the producers' decision was based purely on money, cost him millions and made him furious -- but he doesn't regret moving on. And he advises Sheen to do the same.
"You can't win. Really. You can't," Baldwin writes bluntly. "When executives at studios and networks move up to the highest ranks, they are given a book. The book is called How to Handle Actors. And one principle held dear in that book is that no actor is greater than the show itself when the show is a hit. And, in that regard, they are often right."
"Granted, it didn't get real until you insulted them," Baldwin concedes to Sheen, who is suing Warner Brothers for $100 million for firing him. "And your suit may have real grounds. But you know what you should do? Take a nap. Get a shower. Call Chuck (Lorre). Go on (David) Letterman and make an apology. Write a huge check to the B'nai B'rith (a Jewish human rights and advocacy organization). And then beg for your job back. Your fans demand it."
Baldwin concludes by advising Sheen to "sober up," "get back on TV," "beg for America's forgiveness" -- and most of all, stop taking it all so seriously, because entertaining "is supposed to be fun." Also: "buy (Jon) Cryer a really nice car."
Sounds reasonable -- although Sheen, of course, didn't see it that way. A friend told Popeater that Sheen would never have disrespected Baldwin with an editorial like that.
"Charlie never spoke out during Alec's voicemail scandal," the friend notes. "If Charlie ever wanted to talk with Alec, which I doubt he ever would, he would pick up a phone, not write an editorial."
On the other hand, is there any point in giving advice to Sheen? "Charlie believes no one is smarter than he is," another friend tells the website. "He doesn't ask or take advice from anyone."
Okay, fine, but here's another way to look at it: both Baldwin and Sheen were movie stars who made a comeback on primetime comedies, both had messy public divorces, and both have a history of questionable outbursts. So if Sheen was going to take advice from anybody, shouldn't it perhaps be Alec Baldwin?