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This Today Show interview with Charlie Sheen is seriously must-watch stuff – that is, if you’re interested in seeing a real-time, last-inning disintegration of a C-level celebrity. One time he was one of the new breed rat pack – in my opinion a group of overrated, spoiled Hollywood kids – but today he is a frighteningly disturbed, 2 million dollar/episode addict who has decided to (finally) career self-destruct in one last pathetic gasp – I wonder what his kids will think in years to come after watching this interview?

“I’m tired of pretending like I’m not special,” the actor said. “I’m tired of pretending like I’m not a bitchin’, total fricking rock star from Mars… People can’t figure me out. They can’t process me. I don’t expect them to. You can’t process me with a normal brain.”

Seriously – this appears to be a true madman on display – in my view, a wild-eyed, megalomaniacal show biz monster hell-bent on scorching the earth for hundreds of miles around… Are there not many up-and-coming actors and actresses that deserve a shot in the business? What do you have to do for this industry to summarily reject you – forever? This is grim stuff – pathetic self-absorption on an almost unfathomable level. Where are the industry professionals calling for a “Charlie Sheen boycott”? Why has this allowed to drag on as long as it has? For those who say – “He makes them money” – I do not believe someone of this level can’t be replaced by someone better. When the sideshow becomes the star – it’s over – everyone loses. 
Here is it, the interview
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