Charlie Sheen speaks, compares himself to Errol Flynn

charlie-sheen-leaves-hospital-gi.jpgSince entering rehab last week, all we've heard from Charlie Sheen is "I'm fine" and "Bunch of turds" via a text message to the head of a gossip site. Now, he's broken his silence via a publicist-approved statement.

"I have a lot of work to do to be able to return the support I have received from so many people," Sheen says. 
"I want to say 'thank-you' to my fellow cast members, the crew of 'Two and a Half Men,' and everyone at CBS and Warner Bros., especially Les Moonves and Bruce Rosenblum for their concern and support.
And to my fans, your good wishes have touched me very much. 
Like Errol Flynn, who had to put down his sword on occasion, I just want to say, 'thank-you.'"

Errol Flynn, of course, was an actor who rose to stardom in the 1930s and 1940s in swashbuckling roles. By the 1950s, however, heavy alcohol and drug abuse had taken its toll on the well-known womanizer -- the phrase "in like Flynn" was coined in response to his reputation.

Flynn died at age 50 of a heart attack, after a week-long binge party in Vancouver. Here's hoping Sheen completes his rehab and doesn't meet a similar fate.
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