Charlie Sheen calls 'Anger Management' his acting 'swan song'
And after that? His life will be "soccer games and amusement parks" with his kids, because he sees the show as a "swan song" to his acting career.
"Inside here, regardless of what the persona may be, I'm still the 7-year-old kid in the back of the class, afraid to raise his hand," Sheen tells The New York Times. "I don't want this -- all of this -- to extinguish that child, because it can, and I refuse to grow up."
Expect to see a lot of Sheen in the next couple weeks in the run-up to the June 28 premiere of "Anger Management" on FX. The Times profile notes that he has been working diligently on the show, which will air 10 episodes this summer. If the show meets an unstated ratings goal, it will trigger a pickup of 90 more to go into syndication in 2014.
The paper describes him as "vigorous looking if still wild eyed" and also notes that Sheen is refusing to take any drug tests while employed by FX (it doesn't say, however, whether the channel or producer Lionsgate asked for such tests).
"They shouldn't have hired me" if they wanted it another way, he says. "They knew what they were getting. And they know it's not always going to be smooth sailing."
He even offers a little bit of contrition for his exit from "Two and a Half Men" and his clashes with creator Chuck Lorre. He still calls "Men's" writers "yahoos," but he also adds that he should try to "see [Lorre] somewhere, just to say, 'Hey, man, no hard feelings.'"