Charlie Sheen, who had a spectacular fall from TV grace on his former sitcom Two and a Half Men, has confirmed reports that he is returning to TV in Anger Management, a new comedy based on the 2003 movie of the same name.The film starred Adam Sandler as a man forced into anger management counselling under an instructor (Jack Nicholson) more than a bit angry himself.
Sheen will take the Sandler role in the TV show and have an ownership stake in the series, the producers said.
Sheen said: "I chose Anger Management because, while it might be a big stretch for me to play a guy with serious anger management issues, I think it's a great concept."
He was TV's highest-paid actor in his role as Charlie Harper, a boozing, womanizing bachelor on top-rated Two and a Half Men. CBS fired him this year after he ranted in public at the show's creator, Chuck Lorre.
A string of incidents in 2009 and last year landed Sheen in legal trouble and rehab for drug and alcohol abuse.
After he was fired, Sheen began posting videos and making statements on Twitter, calling his detractors losers. He embarked on a one-man, live stage comedy, Violent Torpedo of Truth, which had a mixed reception.http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/2011/07/20/charlie-sheen-bounces-back-in-anger
"Who better than Charlie Sheen to tackle Anger Management," asked Joe Roth, head of Revolution Studios, which produced the movie and backs the TV show.
"With Charlie's incredible talent and comedic gifts, he remains the leading man of TV sitcoms.
"I'm excited to collaborate with him once again."
Roth and Sheen worked on films like Major League and Young Guns. Sheen said the deal gave him "real ownership" in the series and a degree of "creative control".
Anger Management does not have a US network yet. The plan is for Lionsgate unit Debmar-Mercury to syndicate it.