After getting fired from his awful hit TV show Two and a Half Men Charlie Sheen had a very public meltdown that took public meltdowns to a new level by even including a public meltdown world tour. Though Sheen’s stage show was largely met with panning and boos, it still sold a lot of tickets. This country loves it when public figures fall off their pedestal. But we also love a good comeback story, and it seems like we’ve already reached that point in the Sheen narrative. These celebrity rise and fall stories are getting shorter and shorter every time they happen. I blame VH1’s Behind the Music for hammering the formula into everyone’s heads. Someone goes nuts from addiction and we can just go on auto-pilot in our response.
For Sheen, his comeback includes not only starring in a new Sitcom called Anger Management, but also a return to the big screen, where he will be starring in the upcoming Roman Coppola film A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III. If that title sounds like it’s kind of Meta, that’s because it is. Sheen stars as a successful man whose got money, fame, and women, but who experiences of downward spiral once his girlfriend breaks up with him. Suddenly where there used to be only confidence, there is now doubt and confusion.
Already set to co-star with Sheen is a whole host of big name actors including Patricia Arquette, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jason Schwartzman, and Aubrey Plaza. But the big news is that everyone’s favorite Ghostbuster and former Oscar Nominee Bill Murray is the latest name to join the cast. Murray has always been a prickly pear, and an aging Bill Murray is even more prickly when it comes to deciding which movies he’s going to appear in, so I take this to mean that Charles Swan will have something more to offer than just cashing in on the tabloid hype surrounding Sheen’s personal life. Maybe it will give us some real insight into narcissistic behavior. Or perhaps Murray just owes the Coppola family a favor.