Charlie Sheen’s reputation-rehabilitation tour makes its stop at the New York Times this weekend, where he gets a positive, bad-boys-are-so-amusing profile in exchange for a few juicy quotes and the patina of repentance. Sheen tells the Times that Anger Management will be his “swan song” for acting. “I’ve been doing this 30 years,” he says. “[At] some point you just get tired of wearing somebody else’s clothes, saying somebody else’s words and working in somebody else’s space.”
The Times calls Anger Management Sheen’s “chance to restore his legacy after his troubled exit from Two and a Half Men,” but Sheen has a very extensive and varied history of drug abuse, womanizing, violence, and volatility. What “legacy” is being restored? Other than the one where no one cares how many women you assault as long as you really land that punch line and can make self-deprecating jokes. Because that legacy doesn’t need restoring — it’s still here in full effect.